Women in Politics: Why the Conservatives have it better│ Ellie King

My name is Ellie King, and I’m a Bloody Difficult Woman. I’m inspired by Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May, the two female leaders of The Conservative Party and Britain’s only two female Prime Ministers. I’m inspired by Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives and responsible for the thirteen Scottish Conservative MPs that now sit […]

The Conservatives Need to Adapt to Win the Next Election │ Holly Wright

Conservatism is threatened by the menace of socialism. The popular support behind Momentum and Corbyn’s version of the Labour Party should deeply worry us. Lord Heseltine warned: ‘2 per cent of the older part of the electorate die every year – they are 70 per cent Conservative’. With the youth vote dominated by Labour, the […]

What Activate can teach us | Jake Scott

The media storm that has broken over the last 72 hours surrounding ‘Activate’ has been hectic, to say the least. Conflicting newspaper and online articles have misunderstood the group’s intentions, origins and organisation, as well as lambasted the individuals involved who – for the most part – are little older than seventeen, are (or were) […]

Conservatism is the new punk rock? | Jacob Parry

Infamous right-wing Youtuber, Paul Joseph Watson was wrong when he made the statement “conservatism is the new punk rock; he put the chicken before the egg. If anything: punk rock was new Conservatism.Punk was rejection of the 68er hippy movement, an abandonment of the warm fuzz of the acid and dope generation. The drugs reflecting […]

Keep Rees-Mogg away from the Leadership | Jake Scott

It seems lately that those who know nothing of politics become enamoured with politicians. This is no surprise; policy details are complex, never mind the intricacies of parliamentary procedure, the layers of bureaucracy and accountability, and the actual legislative process that turns political ideas into reality. After all, most people either don’t have the inclination […]

A Brief History of Conservatism (VII): Freedom

Before this article begins proper, to assuage any impression of inconsistency between this article and the previous article on rights, I would like to reiterate that the concept of rights, for the conservative, is the traditionally liberal conception of being a language of politics, and hence of governance. ‘Rights’ are something you claim against the […]

The government must renew confidence in its leadership | Joseph Prebble

With lead EU negotiatior Michel Barnier promising to get to ‘the heart of the matter’ in overseeing the UK’s departure from the EU, there has rarely been so urgently a need for a national leader who has both a passionate rigour on the issue and broad support from the country. Only a few months ago […]

A Brief History of Conservatism (IV): Government

Since the advent of Thatcherism, conservatives have been increasingly confused over their own attitude to government. The Thatcherite mantra of “rolling back the frontiers of the state” hid a deceptively subtle shift in the frontiers of the state, rather than its simple reduction. Nor is this a British headache only; Schleuter and Wenzel discuss the […]

A Brief History of Conservatism (III): Capitalism

Since the days of Margaret Thatcher, the Conservative Party has been the defender of free market capitalism and, apparently, the prevailing global neoliberal consensus. The latest 2017 General Election manifesto, however, showed a desire to move away from this economic order to the more “middle-ground Toryism” of the days of Harold Macmillan, and so the […]

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 […]