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Britain: open for business? Why we shouldn’t fear foreign takeovers à la Pfizer

Britain: open for business? Why we shouldn’t fear foreign takeovers à la Pfizer

The proposed takeover of British-based pharmaceuticals firm, Astra Zeneca, by US rival Pfizer is now off the agenda: the board of the former has rejected Pfizer’s “final” bid of £69bn to buy it up.  This deal has been much in the press in recent weeks—partly due to the size of the would-have-been combined entity—but principally because it would have meant […]

Martin Callanan for UK Commissioner

Martin Callanan for UK Commissioner

One of the Conservative Party’s most loyal stalwarts is the former Member of the European Parliament for the North East of England and Tyneside councillor, Martin Callanan. He’s been the leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament and latterly was the respected and largely successful President of the European Conservatives & Reformists Group (ECR). Before last week, he won […]

Britain should give Kenya support instead of tourist terrorism warnings

Britain should give Kenya support instead of tourist terrorism warnings

The recent spate of terrorist attacks across Africa have shaken the very foundations of several optimistic countries, replacing hope with fear. From the capture of 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria to the latest round of brutal bombings in Kenya’s capital Nairobi killing over a dozen people and wounding 70 more, the pattern is sporadic but the frequency consistent. This atrocity followed […]

by · 25th May 2014 · Foreign Affairs, Blog
Eton mess to bread and butter pudding: A Tory future

Eton mess to bread and butter pudding: A Tory future

The local election results have been met with quiet grumbles from rank and file Conservative Party members, in a result made half-bearable by oddball Ed Miliband’s miserable performance at the ballot box. However the fact remains that Labour made serious and damaging gains into some key Tory bastions including London Boroughs such as Hammersmith and Fulham and my own stomping ground of Croydon. […]

by · 25th May 2014 · Tory Thought
Halal: It’s about animal rights, not religion

Halal: It’s about animal rights, not religion

As a vegetarian and animal rights activist, I was appalled recently to hear that Pizza Express and other food retailers have been selling halal meat to the British Public by stealth, with no labelling whatsoever. We already label whether our meat has been slaughtered in Britain or whether it contains additives, so why not label whether food has been killed […]

by · 24th May 2014 · Home Affairs, frontpage
“A European Ukraine is in Russia’s national interest”

“A European Ukraine is in Russia’s national interest”

Following Parliament Street’s ‘Russia vs the West’ debate in the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday, Paul Nizinskyj speaks to former BBC World Service, now freelance, Ukrainian journalist Bogdan Tsioupin about Putin’s ‘Anschluss’ and why a prosperous Ukraine in NATO and the EU is in Russia’s best interests. As a third generation Ukrainian, I did not at any point tell Mr […]

by · 11th May 2014 · Interviews
Maybe it’s time to believe in the Big Society after all

Maybe it’s time to believe in the Big Society after all

The Big Society, a term no longer used by the Tories or anyone else, was all about voluntarism. The idea that, after years of seemingly terminal decline, those Burkean little platoons could be reinvigorated and all sorts of social ills tamed by their hands. A rotten campaign platform, but also a difficult practical policy; the problem was that many supposedly […]

Today marks 12 months until the general election – and we have plenty to be excited about

Today marks 12 months until the general election – and we have plenty to be excited about

This time next year, under the terms of the Fixed Parliaments Act 2011, the polls will be open for the 56th general election of the United Kingdom. Just let that sink in. In exactly 12 months time, this country will be choosing its next government. Of course, to some people, ‘choosing’ may be seen as a little generous as not […]

by · 7th May 2014 · Home Affairs
Ex UKIP deputy on Farage’s ‘celebrity lifestyle’

Ex UKIP deputy on Farage’s ‘celebrity lifestyle’

Nigel Farage is guilty of gross hypocrisy over UKIP election posters, former deputy leader Craig Mackinlay tells Paul Nizinskyj, as well as being the primary reason so many ‘kippers seem to leave.  There’s perhaps a poetic significance that UKIP’s ‘celebrity lifestyle’ poster – featuring a suited man in a limo under the slogan “Your daily grind…funds his celebrity lifestyle” – […]

by · 4th May 2014 · Interviews, UKIP in Focus
The Dark Continent

The Dark Continent

Beginning in the late 1940s, The State of Africa by Martin Meredith looks at the development of the continent through time, as democracy replaced colonial rule, and this in turn was moulded into personal dictatorships and tyrannies, right up to the modern day. An excellent and thought-provoking book, and,  as the narrative wore on, I became increasingly disconcerted by what […]

by and · 27th April 2014 · Foreign Affairs