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Peter Hitchens: When will they ever learn?

Peter Hitchens: When will they ever learn?

With the crisis in Ukraine escalating ever more towards a renewed Cold War – perhaps even a hot one – between Russia and the United States, Peter Hitchens is getting very depressed. Paul Nizinskyj spoke to him to find out why. “It’s worse than I feared, seeing what’s going on in the Crimea,” Peter sighs. “I just despair.” When we spoke over […]

by · 2nd March 2014 · Interviews
Burma, Birmingham & Benefits

Burma, Birmingham & Benefits

I have just returned from the most amazing trip to Burma, but whilst I was there I knew I had to share a few thoughts when I got home. I was in Burma for a family wedding but naturally we had some time to tour around the city of Rangoon.  The city of Rangoon is home to 6 million people […]

by · 18th February 2014 · Foreign Affairs
Will 2014 be the Year of the Recovery?

Will 2014 be the Year of the Recovery?

Matt Gass looks at the challenges to the economy in 2014 I can’t point to a single defining moment but at some point in 2013 most seemed to conclude that the long awaited recovery had arrived. This feeling has brought on hopes that, after many false starts and premature reports of green shoots, 2014 will see the recovery we have […]

by · 3rd January 2014 · Economy & Tax
The Entrepreneurs’ Diary: Why age really matters in business

The Entrepreneurs’ Diary: Why age really matters in business

Any entrepreneur knows that they go into business because they have a passion, and of course, because they think they can provide a better service or create a product to outstrip one that already exists.  I started my company a tour operator specialising in visits to the First World War battlefields earlier this year for those very reasons. A few […]

by · 3rd December 2013 · Economy & Tax
The army you have

The army you have

By Alexander Clarke They say you go to war with the army you have, not the one you want. In 1982 the British Armed Forces had over 327,000 personnel in service from which to man a Task Force to reclaim the Falkland’s; the defence budget was 5.95% of GDP – equating to £120,849 being spent per service-member[i]. However, as of […]

by and · 29th November 2013 · Defence & War
The French National Front is not a eurosceptic party – it’s a racist party

The French National Front is not a eurosceptic party – it’s a racist party

By Charlotte Kude As much as I disagree with Nigel Farage, I was profoundly relieved to hear him say he would not join forces with the French National Front to fight next year’s European elections. Populist leader Marine Le Pen’s attempts to deradicalise her party’s image since she became leader have had little effect so far, and focusing on anti-EU […]

by and · 26th November 2013 · Brussels & Europe
Paul Flowers Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband’s Crystal Methodist cash cow has exposed the sinister side of Labour

Labour has spent the last few months on a relentless crusade to position Ed Miliband as the man on the side of ordinary working people, launching a moral crusade against the big energy companies, corrupt media empires and big businesses. Opinion polls indicate that until the recent revelations that about the Co-operative bank scandal, this strategy was beginning to work. […]

by · 22nd November 2013 · Home Affairs, Blog
Portsmouth: Should the government wield defence contracts politically?

Portsmouth: Should the government wield defence contracts politically?

By Henry Hill A narrative seems to have settled around the government’s decision to consolidate UK defence shipbuilding on the Clyde, at the cost of closing Portsmouth yard. According to some, including the Telegraph’s Con Coughlin, a proud English city has been shafted by a government hell-bent on lavishing gifts on the Scots. A shipbuilding tradition, centuries in the making, […]

by and · 19th November 2013 · Blog, Defence & War
Three US State elections from a British political perspective

Three US State elections from a British political perspective

Chris Christie, Bill de Blasio and Terry McAuliffe By Maxwell Woodger Last Tuesday, Americans went to the polls in three states, which are key to US presidential elections: New York, New Jersey and Virginia. For a UK comparison, this would be equivalent to a major regional election such as the 2012 London Mayor election, or a significant number of Council […]

by and · 15th November 2013 · Foreign Affairs, Blog
At the going down of the sun…

At the going down of the sun…

Every year as we edge ever closer to 11th November, without fail, that debate rears its head.  That debate of course being: what does wearing a poppy actually mean? Quite frankly, it’s a debate that makes me despair.  What critical social commentators signally fail to understand is that their very right to speak out against a way of thinking, a […]

by · 11th November 2013 · Blog, Defence & War