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

For the middle classes, things can only get worse

From Spectator blogs, August 23, 2013 In this week’s magazine Fraser Nelson and I look at the breaking of the English middle class, a subject so scary you’ll want to hold someone’s hand when reading it. The frightening thing is that in Britain, as in the United States, the middle class is not just squeezed but shrinking and sinking. Even before the Great Recession began, middle-class jobs in the law, media and accounting have been melting away, outsourced,… Read on

Conservatism cannot win in economics while it remains totally beaten in the cultural sphere

“Today we bury a great leader”, I told my four-year-old this morning (is it too early to indoctrinate my children? She’ll soon be at an age where, if my schooling was anything to go, she’ll learn all about the peaceful Native Americans, and I’ll have to show her a chart explaining that hunter-gatherer societies all have absurdly high homicide rates, but that’s for another time). It’s worth telling the children, because very soon they’ll all be instructed into the narrative… Read on