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For a party so opposed to hereditary peers, Labour is surprisingly dynastic

For a party so opposed to hereditary peers, Labour is surprisingly dynastic

For a party hellbent on removing the hereditary element from the House of Lords, Labour is a surprisingly dynastic party. Euan Blair, 29-year-old son of the three-term Labour PM, has been touted as the next candidate for the safe seat of Bootle, Merseyside, presumably on the understanding the  incumbent Joe Benton, 81, does the decent thing and takes back his vow […]

by · 15th April 2014 · Home Affairs
Who regulates the regulators?

Who regulates the regulators?

Tuesday’s Times brought news that the Financial Conduct Authority has managed to land itself in some hot water with the Chancellor.  The FCA—set up by the Coalition Government to draw a line under the Brown-era Financial Services Authority—has been accused of “precipitating a disorderly market in insurers’ shares” by leaking to the press that it intended to review whether closed […]

by and · 7th April 2014 · Economy & Tax
Nigel Adams: King Coal isn’t dead

Nigel Adams: King Coal isn’t dead

Selby & Ainsty MP Nigel Adams talks to Paul Nizinskyj about falling unemployment, Nigel Farage’s real motives and why coal should make a comeback. There are an abundance of myths about Britain’s coal industry, most of which have about as much credibility as the Iroquois myth that North America grew out of the back of a giant turtle. One of […]

by · 6th April 2014 · Tory Thought, Interviews
The young are natural Conservatives

The young are natural Conservatives

Young people today have become used to an insecure world: global security events, economic shocks and pervasive uncertainty are all their ‘normal’. But what effect has this had on those young people? Are they pessimistic, worried, scared? No. Multiple pieces of research into the attitudes of Millennials (those aged 18-33) has found rising levels of optimism and a sense of […]

by · 2nd April 2014 · Home Affairs
John Redwood: There is only grey

John Redwood: There is only grey

Ahead of our panel event on public service reform on Tuesday, Paul Nizinskyj speaks to John Redwood MP about the tangled web of public and private delivery in the UK, why fuel bills are high and that EU referendum. You never get a straight answer with John Redwood. It isn’t because he’s evasive or pushing a line or bound by […]

by · 30th March 2014 · Tory Thought, Interviews
Annuity reform: the rabbit in the Chancellor’s hat

Annuity reform: the rabbit in the Chancellor’s hat

Jonathan Galbraith on why Osborne’s big Budget idea on annuity reform should be welcomed. The big surprise in George Osborne’s Budget last week —the proverbial rabbit in the Chancellor’s hat—is the change in pensions rules which will remove the requirement to purchase an annuity at retirement from April 2015 onwards.  An annuity is an insurance product that allows you to […]

by and · 28th March 2014 · Economy & Tax
Smoke and Mirrors: The myth of a common EU foreign policy

Smoke and Mirrors: The myth of a common EU foreign policy

Ross Matthewman explores the flaws in the EU’s response to Russian action in Crimea Angry words, handwringing, special summits, and vague threats of intangible “consequences” if an undefined series of events were to take place…at some point, somewhere.  The European Union’s approach to foreign policy has never exactly been decisive and inspiring. And for all of their grand statements (“The […]

by · 25th March 2014 · Brussels & Europe
Standing up to the cyber bullies

Standing up to the cyber bullies

By Clare Ambrosino Last week Parliament Street revealed alarming new figures on the rising crime rates linked to social media. According to research, crimes on Twitter have soared by 390 per cent and there are currently no real measures to prevent a further rise in the future. This week I spoke to my former boss Sean Kelly MEP, who is one […]

by and · 24th March 2014 · Mental Health
Viscount Ridley: I’m not enough of a party animal for the Commons

Viscount Ridley: I’m not enough of a party animal for the Commons

Hereditary peer, classical liberal and climate realist, Paul Nizinskyj speaks to Matt Ridley, 5th Viscount Ridley, about Tony Benn, eurocrats and the future of the House of Lords. I should probably declare an interest here. As well as being a member of Parliament Street I also wear hats for Conservatives for Liberty and the Friends of the Hereditary Peerage. So, as […]

by · 23rd March 2014 · Interviews
A line in the sand? Why a ‘No’ vote in Scotland should mean no further devolution

A line in the sand? Why a ‘No’ vote in Scotland should mean no further devolution

By Jonathan Galbraith After what feels like an eternity, the referendum on Scottish independence is now less than six months away, and as each camp now seeks to consolidate its existing support and capture new territory.  The Scottish Conservatives held their annual conference last weekend in Edinburgh – a three-day affair that also served as a rally for the European […]

by and · 20th March 2014 · Blog