In Defence of the Vanishing Centrism | Joe Broughton

It is an incontrovertible truth that here in Britain and beyond, we are seeing nothing short of an ideological war taking place in the political arena. In the UK, for example, we see on display radical populism on both left and right, with the centre-ground or Third Way, that so successfully won elections back in […]

No Time For Complacency | Sarah Stook

It’s time. Just a little under a year after Britain flocked to the polls to vote in a once in a generation referendum (take note, Ms. Sturgeon), they will be returning again for another general election. It came, to put it lightly, as a bit of a surprise. Even as Theresa May stepped up outside […]

Today Marks the Dawn of a New Britain | Matthew Cowley

Today, after many (literal) trials and tribulations, the Prime Minister fired the starting gun on Brexit. In the next two years, we will get more of a glimpse into what Brexit will look like, but here is a quick take on what Brexit should actually mean for Britain. The first (chronologically) and easiest thing for […]

Nicola Sturgeon has no mandate to take Scotland back into the EU | Will Saunders

Nicola Sturgeon has today reaffirmed her commitment to taking an independent Scotland back into the EU. Fair’s fair, she’s a masterful political operator: there is not yet a guarantee of a second referendum being held – and yet the First Minister is already talking about what she’ll do after securing, fighting and winning it. Which, […]

Is UKIP’s legacy its only future? | Oliver Norgrove

No major party has encountered more derision in British political history than UKIP. The extent to which this is justified is for others to ponder. I personally think, having spent time inside the party (unlike most of UKIP’s detractors), that much of the criticism swung its way was disproportionate and exaggerated. After all, how anomalous […]

Heathrow’s third runway clears our economy for takeoff | Chris Murray

Plans for a third runway at Heathrow have been floating around Westminster ever since Gordon Brown’s fumbling premiership, as successive governments timorously skirted an issue which has been the centre of much controversy. That accusation is certainly not one that can be aimed toward Theresa May, however. This week, the Government officially announced its support […]

To Scotland, one union must matter | Matthew Cowley

Two years ago, Scotland spent months debating the merits of independence. In September 2014, they voted overwhelmingly to remain in the United Kingdom – by a margin of over 10% and 500,000 votes. One would not believe that such a debate had taken place with today’s rhetoric. The clamour to remain in the European Union […]

It’s a “No” for Nicola | Oluf Marshall

Addressing the first day of Conservative Party Conference yesterday, Theresa May spoke out: “We voted in the referendum as one United Kingdom, we negotiated as one United Kingdom and will leave as one United Kingdom.” Good. It’s about time someone took a stand against the SNP’s divisive post-referendum mischief. The UK’s decision to leave the […]

Now is the time to empower local government | Matthew Cowley

2016 has seen a paradigm shift in our political system. The Brexit vote will lead to significant areas of legislative control being returned to the Westminster Parliament, while the proposed boundary changes will see the number of MPs in the Commons reduced by 50, to 600. With these two events in particular in mind, is […]

Brexit means letting Theresa May get on with it | Matthew Cowley

The impact of uncertainty on an economy has never been more apparent than in the case of the Brexit vote. Nothing has changed since the vote – the UK remains in the European Union, Article 50 has not been activated, and no deal for departure has been agreed – and yet the markets have already […]