And: Gove says MPs can sit at weekends to get a deal through. Plus: Brisk business at the bookstall – and the menace of the “offence archaeologists”.
Several ConservativeHome contributors are among those who have made the final round in the two target seats
The occupant of Number 11 may seek to become what Margaret Thatcher claimed to be after she was brought down: “a good back seat driver”.
The Treasury’s record of financial forecasting is dire, even on issues where it hasn’t been politically committed to one side of the debate.
The Director General’s latest defence of the TV tax doesn’t hold water.
It’ll be like the party conference of your dreams, but without a party label attached: as long as you value freedom, you’ll be welcome.
If a country has a space programme, it shouldn’t be getting aid.
Alex Deane is Head of Public Affairs at Weber Shandwick. Follow Alex on Twitter. We now know that a cap on bankers' bonuses will be imposed by our European friends, against the UK's wishes. Whilst our government has seen some very welcome recent successes in Europe, I fear that this news outweighs those gains in […]
It’s time to eliminate the one penny piece and two penny piece from circulation. In fact, it’s well past time. Good old British inertia and vague nostalgia has meant that nothing’s been done about the obvious fact that we have coins of little and diminishing value in circulation which ought logically to be withdrawn. While […]
Follow Alex on Twitter. We shall soon begin selecting prospective Conservative Party candidates to fight seats at the next General Election. There is much discussion about whether we should seek a pact with UKIP. Here at ConHome, Paul Goodman says no, Andrew Lilico says yes. I agree with Andrew, but as my grounds are different […]
By Alex Deane. Follow Alex on Twitter. For months – since very soon after the formation of the Coalition, in fact – many respected Conservative voices have been saying in private that not enough is being done to cut government spending and encourage growth. Yesterday, that view was given a forceful public voice in a […]
Over the course of the Olympics, trading laws are temporarily liberalised to permit shops to service the demands our capital will see from consumers during the Games. But the demand for goods and services in evenings and on Sundays isn't restricted to this narrow period during the summer of 2012. The fact that this period […]
Meandering, ill-defined judicial inquiries are like buses – you wait ages, and then two come along at once. At least, that will be the case if Ed MIliband has his way on the banking sector. In my view, this kind of long-grass-punting is A Bad Thing. Politicians like Miliband talk as if judicial inquiries are […]
By Alex Deane. Follow Alex on Twitter. I find Argentina's behaviour towards the Falklands pretty sickening. Despite the consistently expressed and deeply felt wishes of the residents of the islands, the Argentines persist in hostile rhetoric about them and us, advocating boycotts, blocking flights and ships, and asserting completely false claims about ownership which makes […]