The original concept of democracy as envisaged by the ancient Athenians was a society which governed itself under the guiding hand of citizens who were the contributors to that society.To use the American expression, they had ‘skin in the...

Lord Salisbury

Back in the 1960s Hayek wrote an essay entitled ‘why I’m not a Conservative’. A few years ago I used the title for a lecture I gave to the Cambridge University Conservative Association. I also defeated a motion ‘This House...
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Free Speech

It is a national disgrace that the principles of English Law are no longer taught in our schools. They are the template for much of the free world and our national heritage is dependent upon them. Men and women...
It might be fruitful to examine the phenomenon of European citizenship given the commission’s posturing on the thorny subject of an EU army. Leaving a purely mercenary aspect aside, Goorkas, Swiss Guard and privately raised fighting forces, most armies...
Youth unemployment in Western Europe and the Anglosphere appears to be becoming chronic. A bit like that summer cold that just won’t go away, yet it is not a global phenomenon. Some of the causes must be assessed. They...
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TTIP’s

For the conviction Free Trader, the international classical liberal TTIP is a very natural progression in a global society especially between two great trading blocks the USA and the EU. It begs the expectation of such supporters of 19th...
It has been a source of constant amazement to me after 35 years in the City and ten in politics how few people understand money , I do not mean the scatter brained amongst us who squander it on...
There seems to be a lack of historical perspective concerning the division of opinion in the country today. The great & the good argue, no doubt for their own benefit, it is unprecedented. The Archbishop of Canterbury, surely the...
In the past hundred years, the annual service at the cenotaph has shown our sad leaders and politicians of every hue stand with heads bowed in prayer to honour our war dead. Those politicians more often than not wore...
For five years (2004-9) I sat on the European Parliamentary Consumer Affairs committee, a woeful experience indeed but with occasional flashes of unintended humour. One forlorn afternoon in Brussels we sat deliberating on European bottle shapes, no I’m not...

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