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Toby Young: UKIP strike a chord – but they’re not serious

Toby Young: UKIP strike a chord – but they’re not serious

With free schools already coming under attack even from within the Coalition, Toby Young speaks to Paul Nizinskyj about why the European Court of Human Rights is on their side, why PGCEs are a waste of time and why he’s going off UKIP. With the venom they elicit from the left and the suspicion (or is that opportunism?) they engender within the breasts of […]

by · 6th July 2014 · Tory Thought, Interviews
We need energy independence more than ever

We need energy independence more than ever

The last 72 hours have been extremely intense. Iraq is in another uprising of civil unrest and Russia is taking another aggressive step to intimidate Ukraine by shutting off their gas supply. It’s proof that the UK needs to act fast to secure energy independence from countries like Iraq and Russia and it needs to put its full force into […]

by and · 27th June 2014 · Foreign Affairs
Charles Tannock – Iraq is a domestic issue

Charles Tannock – Iraq is a domestic issue

This week, Dr Charles Tannock MEP will be meeting the European Union’s representative in Baghdad to discuss the civil war taking place in Iraq and the Union’s response. However, while he will do so as a member of the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee, he makes it clear there is also a dangerous domestic angle to the conflict. “It’s no […]

by · 22nd June 2014 · Tory Thought, Interviews
How combining international aid & social media can transform Africa

How combining international aid & social media can transform Africa

Social media is impacting life in Africa at breakneck speed, and it is not just the usual suspects Facebook and Twitter. Parliament Street’s Clare George-Hilley explores. I have participated a number of high profile relief effort campaigns in Kenya, The Gambia working with The Glove Projectand Sierra Leone on the Street Child project. A common challenge for all these humanitarian […]

by · 18th June 2014 · Foreign Affairs, Blog
Passport to Pimlico?

Passport to Pimlico?

The economy is gathering up a head of steam, more people can afford holidays abroad, more passports are being renewed and HM Passport Office has a backlog. But is this 500,000 or just 30,000 passport applications in the backlog? The figures differ greatly depending on who you believe but the truth remains that a backlog exists. We have learnt that […]

by · 17th June 2014 · Home Affairs
Why Labour failed in Tower Hamlets

Why Labour failed in Tower Hamlets

So Lutfur Rahman has once again been re-elected as mayor of Tower Hamlets, a borough I have only recently moved to. Since moving from west Berkshire, I have had something of a culture shock, in a good way though. The borough is alive, bustling, young, ethnically diverse and highly politically charged. This feels a thousand miles away from the pleasant, but […]

by · 10th June 2014 · Home Affairs
Nanny rules again: Why are we being smothered with a plastic bag levy?

Nanny rules again: Why are we being smothered with a plastic bag levy?

Last week marked the final Queen’s Speech of the current parliamentary session: the Government has set out its remaining legislative proposals before we all head to the polling stations in May 2015.  Like the proverbial curate’s egg, it is good in parts, but my heart sank when I saw that Her Majesty’s Government has decided to proceed with an idea […]

Hannan: UKIP will cost us a majority

Hannan: UKIP will cost us a majority

After successfully defending Newark and seeing a better than expected result in the European Parliament elections, Conservative activists have every reason to be optimistic about the prospects of a majority in 2015 as they hit the doorsteps over the next 11 months. But with UKIP riding high in the polls, Daniel Hannan is a little more sceptical. It’s difficult to […]

by · 8th June 2014 · Tory Thought, Interviews
How much do Europeans actually know about the EU?

How much do Europeans actually know about the EU?

The Alliance of European Conservatives & Reformists – the political bloc the Conservative Party sits in the European Parliament – has carried out an extensive study of voters from fifteen European countries. The voters and non-voters were asked about the degree of awareness of the political parties and candidates at European level directly after the recent elections. Eurocrats and Brussels functionaries […]

Protesting the Prime Minister: environmentalists lose their fracking minds

Protesting the Prime Minister: environmentalists lose their fracking minds

Yesterday, misguided minions of the corrupt environmental organisation, Greenpeace UK, set up a mock frack site at Prime Minister David Cameron’s home as a protest to the government’s energy bill, which will allow companies to extract natural gas 1000s of feet underneath residential properties—a step in the right direction that will allow us to benefit from the shale gas potential. […]

by · 5th June 2014 · Home Affairs