What if somebody as far to the right as Corbyn is to the left managed to win the Tory leadership?
He has long been one of the main voices in the Commons for a fairer deal for England. Now he is being heard more widely.
Where I am in sympathy and where I’m not with the protagonists in the Parris/Goodman debate.
Would the Conservatives survive an EU In/Out Referendum in one piece?
When Peter Bone and Philip Davies back the Prime Minister, something is happening in the Conservative Party
Don’t get me wrong, Thatcher was a great Prime Minister. But, as my memoirs show, she sure lacked a sense of humour.
It is a very large olive branch indeed for the Right of the Party – which he needs to keep onside for his EU renegotiation plans.
A fusion of Burkean philosophy and Disraelian populism would be a potent combination for a 21st century Conservative Party
Keep the LibDems on board while appeasing the right. Prepare for full-on conservatism. Oh, and one other small thing…
By Tim Montgomerie Follow Tim on Twitter Andy Coulson, David Cameron's former head of communications, has written an article for the October edition of GQ (out this week) in which he gives some advice on how the Tories might counter UKIP. In summary… David Cameron, Ken Clarke and every Tory should abandon "dismissive, arrogant and […]
By Paul GoodmanFollow Paul on Twitter. My old friend Peter Wilding of British Influence begins a riposte to Douglas Carswell in the Daily Telegraph as follows: "In the 1970s you could find in Tory Associations up and down the land cabals of retired colonels and spotty youths coming together to agree that the country had […]
By Paul GoodmanFollow Paul on Twitter. Cynics will say that now Edward Leigh has his knighthood in his pocket (so to speak), he will feel free to be as openly critical of the Government as he likes. But I think this would be to mis-read the significance of his sweeping dismissal on this site today […]
By Mark WallaceFollow Mark on Twitter. When Freeborn John Lilburne, the Leveller, appeared before the Star Chamber in 1637, he refused to do as they asked. He would not take the oath or answer questions, and as a result he was fined £500, whipped, humiliated in a pillory and thrown in jail. Given that history, it is […]
By Paul GoodmanFollow Paul on Twitter. Now here's a dog that didn't bark in the night-time. Or rather, an MP who spoke in the day-time. David Ruffley, a senior Conservative member of the Treasury Select Committee, went on television yesterday. What did he talk about? The fragile signs of renewed growth in the economy? The […]
By Paul GoodmanFollow Paul on Twitter. Here are three measures that, if implemented – Will help to quell the charge that the Party is being led by a "Chumocracy" unrepresentative of its MPs and members. Will stop David Cameron being ambushed by Conservative backbenchers on EU policy, as he was by John Baron's amendment to […]