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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 · Migrants & Borders, Blog
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
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