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Why HS2 won’t benefit the North | Matt Gillow

Does anybody actually want HS2? With a limited business case, no environmental case, and inflated costs hitting over £90billion, it’s no wonder that even celebrities have recently come out in opposition to the government’s current...

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Against a People’s Vote | Luke Caldecott

A second referendum would be the 4th vote concerning Europe in as many years. This is not a people’s vote, it is an elite’s vote. Resources from big businesses and corporatist EU lobbyists who...

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A Brief History of Conservatism (VI): Rights

Conservatives have traditionally framed the protection of rights alongside the requirements of responsibility and duty; after all, it makes logical sense that your right is my responsibility. Where the liberal and socialist experiments have...

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A Brief History of Conservatism (V): Society

As is usually the case, this article begins with ruminations on Baroness Thatcher’s contribution to the legacy of conservatism. Margaret Thatcher once (in)famously declared that there is “no such thing as society”. It earned...

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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...

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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...