There’s nothing ‘conservative’ about supporting foreign intervention

me in Spectator Coffee House: I supported the Iraq invasion in 2003, by about 75/25, but I didn’t write about politics at the time and so never expressed any public opinion; I was from that generation that had watched helplessly as Africans starved in the 1980s and, following Bosnia and Kosovo, neo-colonialism in the name of liberalism and justice seemed like a good idea at the time. Iraq was a disaster, and for fairly conservative reasons. One of… Read on

Tories are a diverse community that can’t be pigeonholed etc etc

At the Spectator, writing about some on the Left. But the most idiotic thing about the hard-left’s hatred is that it is unable to see the different shades of opinion among its opponents, and therefore to divide them. Among the Tory scum, for example, there are at least three distinctive groups, known in the old days as the wets, the s***s and the loonies; that is the centrists, the social conservatives and the libertarians/Thatcherites. Some people may mix… Read on

But none of my Facebook friends voted Tory

At the Catholic Herald I’m writing about shy Conservatives who wont even admit their wicked secret to pollsters.

Conservatives – depressing everyone since 500BC

One of the most telling comments David Cameron has ever made came last week when he accused some of his critics of being “pessimists” for believing that he won’t get a deal in Europe. Of course we’re pessimists, we’re conservatives – that’s the whole point. Some see a glass half-full, some see a glass half-empty, we see the downfall of Western civilisation and the country going to the dogs. If you want cheery, happy people who think everything’s going to… Read on

Will Britain’s middle-class jobs go the same way as its working-class ones?

Has the British middle class had its day? I read an eye-opening piece in the Evening Standard earlier this week, which made me even more downbeat than usual. In it Andrew Neather wrote: “Conventional wisdom holds that while technology destroys jobs, it creates others — along with the intangible benefits of the web. But as the pace of change accelerates, bringing artificial intelligence and the digitisation of vast stores of knowledge, both the speed and nature of job losses are… Read on

The history of progress is the history of giving offence

From Telegraph blogs, August 1, 2011 Andrew Rawnsley had an interesting piece in yesterday’s Observer in which he reflected on why there were so few politicians among Britain’s public intellectuals. As he wrote: “In challenging times which cry out for fresh ideas in both government and opposition, we are very short of enlivening political thinkers.” He was writing about the public outrage over the ideas voiced by two public figures, Steve Hilton and Maurice Glasman. Hilton… Read on