They are grateful for The Beatles, parliamentary democracy, fair play and Manchester United.
Law and Justice now holds the Parliament and the Presidency – so much for critics who dismissed the ECR as a “lunatic fringe”.
The President is also de facto leader of much of the world, and the current Republican front runner presents a truly frightening prospect.
Last week our sister blog BritainAndAmerica looked at the similarities between John McCain and David Cameron. Steve Richards of The Independent suggests that Ken Clarke is the figure that would have had an effect on the Conservative Party similar to that which Senator McCain is now having on the Republicans: "More than Cameron, Clarke is […]
ConservativeHome has been given an advance copy of what David Cameron will say at the first meeting of the CDU-Conservative Party working group later today. Responding to the news that Yusuf al-Qaradawi may be granted a visa, Cameron will call on Gordon Brown to act quickly and ban preachers of hate from entering the country. […]
Tories that support Obama. What should they be called? Obamacons? There are plenty of them about… An aide to George Osborne was "bursting out of their skin in excitement" after attending an Obama event according to a well-placed source. For Nick Bourne, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, "The most hopeful event of the start of […]
That’s the lesson from a remarkable story from downunder. Australian Liberal MP Fran Bailey demanded a recount after she was told that she’d lost her seat to her Labor opponent by just seven votes. Nearly a month after Kevin Rudd won Australia’s election, Mrs Bailey has just been told that she’ll remain an MP after […]
Who would you vote for if you were entitled to participate in American elections? The case for the Republicans: The Republicans are on the right of the American political landscape. They are most likely to cut taxes and invest in national defence. They have led American efforts to reform welfare (Wisconsin), cut crime (New York) […]
I know you all want to talk about Labour’s funding problems but forgive me… Brendan Nelson is the new leader of Australia’s Liberals (profile here). It took the British Conservatives from May 2005 to December 2005 to decide upon David Cameron. The Liberals have spent all of four days from Saturday’s defeat to choosing Mr […]
Labor’s Kevin Rudd has won a big victory downunder. The John Howard years are over. Here are my instant reactions: The voters wanted change: John Howard won four elections. He was PM for more than eleven years. That was enough. He should have acknowledged the electorate’s desire for change and given the leadership of his […]
The Times’ Francis Elliott is reporting that David Cameron and William Hague will visit Washington next week and the Conservative leader is likely to visit the White House for talks with President Bush. A visit to Washington by Pauline Neville-Jones, Conservative security spokesman, last week was used to finalise arrangements for the trip. It will […]
This is the latest election video from downunder. It warns that a vote for Labor’s Kevin Rudd will endanger all of the economic achievements of the Howard years. Ahead of the 1997 election we attempted to frighten voters in to not voting for Tony Blair by painting him as a red-eyed monster. It wasn’t credible […]
In the October ConservativeHome survey of 1,206 Conservative Party members, 53% voted for John Howard as their favourite centre right leader in the world today. 19% for Nicolas Sarkozy. 10% for George W Bush. Another 10% for Angela Merkel. 8% for Stephen Harper. If more of you knew about Stephen Harper, I think more of […]
I’m in a Starbucks looking up at Cologne Cathedral. About to head to the airport and return home to London. I’ve just finished reading the cover feature in this week’s Newsweek: "LOST LEADER: Once hailed as Germany’s Margaret Thatcher, Angela Merkel is now ruling by poll, lying low, stalling on reform. What happened?" The article […]
David Cameron has met up with New Zealand National Party leader John Key. It’s actually the third time they’ve met, they were introduced to eachother when they were both up-and-coming backbenchers. Commenting on the comparisons often drawn between the two men, Key said: "I think there are a reasonable number of similarities – we are […]