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Post-referendum Scotland – A massive Conservative & Unionist opportunity

I have just returned from Scotland, where I did some doorstep campaigning on behalf of the United Kingdom I love.  I left a Scotland in a state of nervous prostration, knowing it had done the right thing, but with a pang of guilt at not taking the emotionally attractive  route of becoming an independent nation.  For the young novices to […]

by · 23rd September 2014 · Home Affairs, Blog
Aitken on the ‘Nice Nixon’

Aitken on the ‘Nice Nixon’

In the last of our series of interviews with former Cabinet minister and Nixon biographer Jonathan Aitken, Paul Nizinskyj delves into the real Richard Nixon and how he differs from his media image as the ogre of US politics. Anyone who’s a fan of one of my favourite TV shows, Futurama, will be familiar with the popular caricature of Richard Nixon – jowly, cold, and taking […]

by · 21st September 2014 · Interviews

The Union rides again…but what can we learn from the vote?

The Union rides again… …but what can we learn from the vote? Jonathan Galbraith, 19 September 2014 “We came within a few thousand votes of losing the greatest country in the world.” Who said that?  David Cameron?  Alastair Darling?  Her Majesty?  David Bowie?  Clearly not Nicola Sturgeon…  None of the above as it happens: Warren Kinsella, former spin doctor to […]

by · 19th September 2014 · Home Affairs, frontpage
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 · 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