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Too many voices: the bane of Israel’s electoral system

Too many voices: the bane of Israel’s electoral system

Despite wanting to steer away from a dreary debate on electoral systems, there does seem to be quite a lot of venom directed at the classic First Past the Post system in the UK. Right at the other end of the spectrum lies the party list proportional representation of Israeli elections. With the second-lowest electoral threshold in the world (currently […]

by and · 28th July 2014 · Foreign Affairs
Why is Red Ed criticising the very image he is trying to present?

Why is Red Ed criticising the very image he is trying to present?

“Politics is not about putting the photo opportunity first” to quote Ed Miliband. What platform does he use to voice his disapproval of the image conscious political class that he is part of, none other than the Andrew Marr show. However, it’s not the media outlet nor the bacon sarnie or Wallace jibes that represents the real comms headache for Labour. After all, […]

by · 28th July 2014 · Home Affairs, Blog
Israel: The A-Z of how NOT to do apartheid

Israel: The A-Z of how NOT to do apartheid

One of the great crimes of the Left is its corruption of language. Long ago, socialists realised they could at least influence the way people thought by changing the meaning of the words they used, by outlawing certain phrases to make discussion of serious issues – such as immigration – almost impossible and constantly shifting the goalposts regarding what minority […]

by · 27th July 2014 · Defence & War
Energy policy: all bandages but no cure

Energy policy: all bandages but no cure

The National Grid has warned by 2035 the UK could be importing as much as 90 per cent of its energy as uncertainty around the Government’s energy policy deepens. Is this a “green” government, like David Cameron stated in 2010, when he said it would be “The greenest Government ever,” focusing on so-called sustainable (but unreliable) energy sources like wind or solar? Or is […]

by and · 17th July 2014 · Home Affairs
Toby Young: UKIP strike a chord – but they’re not serious

Toby Young: UKIP strike a chord – but they’re not serious

With free schools already coming under attack even from within the Coalition, Toby Young speaks to Paul Nizinskyj about why the European Court of Human Rights is on their side, why PGCEs are a waste of time and why he’s going off UKIP. With the venom they elicit from the left and the suspicion (or is that opportunism?) they engender within the breasts of […]

by · 6th July 2014 · Tory Thought, Interviews
We need energy independence more than ever

We need energy independence more than ever

The last 72 hours have been extremely intense. Iraq is in another uprising of civil unrest and Russia is taking another aggressive step to intimidate Ukraine by shutting off their gas supply. It’s proof that the UK needs to act fast to secure energy independence from countries like Iraq and Russia and it needs to put its full force into […]

by and · 27th June 2014 · Foreign Affairs
Charles Tannock – Iraq is a domestic issue

Charles Tannock – Iraq is a domestic issue

This week, Dr Charles Tannock MEP will be meeting the European Union’s representative in Baghdad to discuss the civil war taking place in Iraq and the Union’s response. However, while he will do so as a member of the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee, he makes it clear there is also a dangerous domestic angle to the conflict. “It’s no […]

by · 22nd June 2014 · Tory Thought, Interviews
How combining international aid & social media can transform Africa

How combining international aid & social media can transform Africa

Social media is impacting life in Africa at breakneck speed, and it is not just the usual suspects Facebook and Twitter. Parliament Street’s Clare George-Hilley explores. I have participated a number of high profile relief effort campaigns in Kenya, The Gambia working with The Glove Projectand Sierra Leone on the Street Child project. A common challenge for all these humanitarian […]

by · 18th June 2014 · Foreign Affairs, Blog
Passport to Pimlico?

Passport to Pimlico?

The economy is gathering up a head of steam, more people can afford holidays abroad, more passports are being renewed and HM Passport Office has a backlog. But is this 500,000 or just 30,000 passport applications in the backlog? The figures differ greatly depending on who you believe but the truth remains that a backlog exists. We have learnt that […]

by · 17th June 2014 · Home Affairs
Why Labour failed in Tower Hamlets

Why Labour failed in Tower Hamlets

So Lutfur Rahman has once again been re-elected as mayor of Tower Hamlets, a borough I have only recently moved to. Since moving from west Berkshire, I have had something of a culture shock, in a good way though. The borough is alive, bustling, young, ethnically diverse and highly politically charged. This feels a thousand miles away from the pleasant, but […]

by · 10th June 2014 · Home Affairs