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After the Referendum, we Need Bold, Brave Leadership

After the Referendum, we Need Bold, Brave Leadership

The Prime Minister announced this morning a course of action which has the potential to dramatically alter the political landscape of the United Kingdom forever. The growth in popularity of previously dismissed parties such as UKIP and the SNP, each from radically different sides of the political spectrum, has for some time pointed to public disillusionment with “the establishment.” Voter […]

by · 19th September 2014 · Home Affairs, frontpage
Aitken: My ringside seat at Night of the Long Knives and what it means for Cameron

Aitken: My ringside seat at Night of the Long Knives and what it means for Cameron

In the second of a series of interviews with former Cabinet minister and Selwyn Lloyd aide Jonathan Aitken, Paul Nizinskyj discusses UKIP, the general election and Cameron’s own ‘Night of the Long Knives.’ Blind chance sometimes affords individuals spectacular front row seats in the theatre of history; from the 22-year-old apolitical secretary watching the downfall of the Third Reich from Hitler’s bunker to a young Oxford undergraduate who landed […]

by · 14th September 2014 · Interviews
Why voting ‘Yes’ makes no economic sense

Why voting ‘Yes’ makes no economic sense

A matter of days to go before the Scots decide on their future, narrowing poles are understandably spooking financial markets. On Monday, the pound dropped to its weakest level since the end of 2013 versus the dollar. If this wasn’t enough to make the Scots choke on their battered mars bars, Lloyds shares fell by £1.7bn (3 per cent) yesterday. […]

by · 11th September 2014 · Economy & Tax
Aitken: Nixon & Wilson sang HMS Pinafore together

Aitken: Nixon & Wilson sang HMS Pinafore together

In the first of a series of interviews with former Cabinet minister and Nixon biographer Jonathan Aitken, Paul Nizinskyj explores the special and not-so-special relationships between ‘Tricky Dicky’ and his British counterparts. The ‘Special Relationship’ between Great Britain and her prodigal son, the United States, is often taken for granted as something which will exist in perpetuity. Indeed, today we are […]

by · 7th September 2014 · Interviews
3 Reasons Students Should not be Counted in Net Migration Numbers

3 Reasons Students Should not be Counted in Net Migration Numbers

Matt Gass provides a conservative perspective on the foreign student controversy Before the 2010 election the Conservatives made a pledge to cut net immigration “to tens of thousands from hundreds of thousands”. Over four years on the results have been questionable (after substantial drops the most recent figures show a significant rise in the last year). It has certainly had […]

by · 28th August 2014 · Blog, Migrants & Borders
Canada’s Tories: Winning the ethnic vote without a single Warsi

Canada’s Tories: Winning the ethnic vote without a single Warsi

If we’ve learnt anything from the recent departure of Baroness Warsi, it’s that we don’t win the ethnic vote by placing a token ethnic minority peer on the front bench to somehow convey to minorities that the party relates to them. It doesn’t work for two key reasons. Firstly, the average person doesn’t really pay all that much attention to politics […]

by and · 11th August 2014 · Foreign Affairs
Afzal Amin: NATO has lost its nerve on ISIS

Afzal Amin: NATO has lost its nerve on ISIS

As an Arabic speaker hailing from a family with Muslim, Hindu and Sikh ancestors, Afzal Amin has been able to bring a unique perspective to his service in the British Army and, as PPC for Dudley North, hopes to do so again in Parliament. Following his recent trip to Bosnia, Paul Nizinskyj speaks with him about history repeating itself in the Middle East. “Those who do […]

by · 10th August 2014 · Interviews
Gavin Barwell: Immigrants are natural Conservatives – and we need them on side

Gavin Barwell: Immigrants are natural Conservatives – and we need them on side

Recently promoted in the cabinet reshuffle, Gavin Barwell is the model homegrown activist MP but, with a majority of less than 3,000 in Croydon Central, he tells Paul Nizinskyj he is far from complacent about next year’s election – and how ethnic minority voters will be key. Gavin Barwell is passionate about Croydon. In fact, it’s probably not an exaggeration […]

by · 3rd August 2014 · Tory Thought, Interviews
A Gathering Storm? The struggle for power and territory in the South China Sea

A Gathering Storm? The struggle for power and territory in the South China Sea

Something is stirring in the Far East. A dormant nationalism has awoken. Emboldened by economic growth and success at home, the decline and retreat of the West, and the weakness of their neighbours, China has claimed nearly the entire South China Sea as its own and is seeking total regional dominance. Faced by a rapacious, expansionist power, the other countries […]

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