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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
Building a competitive Europe

Building a competitive Europe

By Craig Rimmer Brussels The last week was all about doing business in Europe for me. I was at a Brussels Business Association dinner on the Tuesday and the American Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, and the starting gambit in the debate on both occasions was that labour costs in Belgium are too high. Belgians on average pay the highest […]

Do the Conservatives need a Shadow Cabinet?

Do the Conservatives need a Shadow Cabinet?

Matt Gass considers the challenges facing the next election campaign Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Scotland, along with Chief Secretary to Treasury, are the cabinet level positions held by Liberal Democrats since the Coalition was formed. We are now just over a year from the planned date of the 2015 election. Against the expectations of many the Coalition […]

by · 18th March 2014 · Home Affairs, Blog
Dan Hannan: Britain is as European as Australia is Asian

Dan Hannan: Britain is as European as Australia is Asian

Fresh from his speech at CPAC ’14 in Washington DC, Daniel Hannan speaks from the Capitol to Paul Nizinskyj about the culmination of his Anglosphere tour. It’s hard to think of a serving British politician who commands as much respect in the United States as Dan Hannan – at least among conservatives. From his ‘devalued prime minister of a devalued government’ […]

by · 9th March 2014 · Interviews
Cameras in courtrooms – a fair trial?

Cameras in courtrooms – a fair trial?

By Alexandra Paterson I’m sat outside Court 6 in Manchester Magistrates’ Court watching Sky News flash up ‘Day 3 of the Oscar Pistorius trial – live updates available for iPad and mobile devices.’ This is another unfortunate of example of the trial of a grave crime becoming a media circus and is part of an ongoing and worrying trend. It’s nothing […]

by and · 6th March 2014 · Home Affairs
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