Much of the 20th century fight for liberation involved explaining that it was wrong to discriminate on the grounds of someone’s unchangeable nature.
We need policies to meet the challenge of an ageing population, mass immigration, pressured families, job insecurity – and grotesquely expensive housing.
That the pursuit of Farron was legitimate doesn’t mean that they, or anyone else, should feel happy about it – or the bigger trends of which it was part.
There is much more to politics than an affordable state and competitive taxes. But both will be indispensible for survival, let alone prosperity, after we leave the EU.
Plus: Trump’s tactics, Labour’s splits, and LibDem divisions.
James Cleverly MP, Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Cllr Sean Anstee, Graeme Archer, Professor Tim Bale and others give their suggestions.
Plus: Up yours, Amazon. Secrets of Thanet South. Up yours, Lutfur. Plus: The madness of sacking Graeme Archer. And: Is Andy Murray Scottish, after all?
Graeme works as a statistician, and won the Orwell Prize for Political Blogging in 2011. He writes a column in Saturday's Daily Telegraph. Follow him on Twitter. We have a new face of evil. I don't know – don't want to know – the name of the man with the axe and the bloody hands. But […]
Graeme works as a statistician, and won the Orwell Prize for Political Blogging in 2011. He writes a column in Saturday's Daily Telegraph. Follow him on Twitter. It was cold. Nothing new there; not in this damn-awful, endless winter. New to me, however, was to experience that cold while standing in a damp field, watching […]
This is a shorterned version of Graeme Archer's contribution to a new collection of essays put together by Bright Blue, entitled Tory Modernisation 2.0. Peter Hoskin will review the collection on ConservativeHome tomorrow. Follow BrightBlue on Twitter. Wondering how to frame this piece, how to marshal the argument that I want to make – that […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. Graeme Archer wrote earlier today, here on Comment, about our reliance on systems and how “a culture which prioritises systems over people is almost certainly going to lead at best to acts of unkindness toward humans”. It’s a characteristically great piece. Some readers may also have noticed Graeme’s work […]
By Graeme Archer The images from the Winterbourne View care home aren’t ones that will fade from your mind quickly, are they? I wish I believed that sentence to be true, but in fact I do not. Not you, personally, but we, culturally, are too inured against the horror of revelations such as those from […]
-I’m not saying that it was better without the award, of course I’m not. -Well what are you saying then? Oh hang on, I want to see this bit. [We watch in silent horror the coverage of Wednesday’s Prime Minister’s Questions] -You could write about that, couldn’t you? -Well, and how would I be able […]
I was going to call this piece "Taxi For Mr Huhne" and invite the increasingly angry semi-detached Energy Secretary to go and spend some more time with his property portfolio, or his families, but in the circumstances (what circumstances? Oh I mean the excellent advice already given to the LibDems by Iain Dale on LibDemVoice […]
One of the (many) bad things about age creeping up on you (the encroachment of the ‘is’, winning daily victories against the ‘ought’) is that you get so fixed in your ways. I now have a catalogue of must-be-done-like-this obsessions: must sit on the first carriage of the train; must always be at least thirty […]