Remember Emily Wilding Davison – her extraordinary life and mission

  • 31 Aug 2018

Book Review: Lucy Fisher's 'Emily Wilding Davison – The Martyr Suffragette' Emily Wilding Davison was arrested ten times, went on seven hunger strikes, and was force-fed on forty-nine separate occasions all in the cause of being allowed to vote. She is most famous for throw...

How the 2017 election looked from Labour’s perspective

  • 10 Aug 2018

Book Review: 'Game Changer - Eight Weeks That Transformed British Politics' by Steve Howell I know the exact moment, the day and the time, the Conservative 2017 General Election campaign came off the tracks, because I saw it happen in real time. It was the day the manife...

Remembering Lord Carrington

  • 11 Jul 2018

I first met Peter Carrington through a mutual friend, Robert Runcie the former Archbishop of Canterbury. They were good friends and shared a sense of humour. Though from different backgrounds they shared two things in common – both served in the Guards (Carrington in the Grena...

The Prime Minister has made her choice and now we must get on with it

  • 10 Jul 2018

Winston Churchill when asked for his opinion on Anthony Eden, his successor as Prime Minister, at the time of the Suez Crisis is reputed to have said, “I wouldn’t have dared to start, but having started I wouldn’t have dared stop.” Theresa May must surely feel something simila...

Adam Smith’s timely lessons for modern conservatism

  • 5 Jul 2018

Book Review: 'Adam Smith – What he thought and why it matters' by Jesse Norman Jesse Norman cuts a lofty figure at Westminster, both intellectually and physically. Eton, Oxford, a PhD, a stint as a lecturer and a Visiting Fellowship at All Souls are an impressive combinatio...

The fight for women’s equality has a long way to go

  • 29 Jun 2018

One hundred years on from some women being allowed to vote in Parliamentary elections, 48 years on from the Equal Pay Act of 1970, and 24 years on from the first woman being ordained a priest in the Church of England, the Chairman of the House of Commons Treasury Select Commit...

The government faces a crunch day for Brexit in Commons – or does it

  • 20 Jun 2018

Here we go, it’s Brexit day – again – in the House of Commons. Peers and MPs have been summoned in case of Parliamentary ‘ping-pong’. Journalists gather in Central Lobby and the cameras mass on College Green. Accusations of bad faith fly about, charges of treachery and disloya...

Britain and Europe need to stop bickering

  • 14 Jun 2018

Two hundred and six years ago this month, June 1812, war broke out between the United States of America and the United Kingdom. It would last nearly three years, each side would win and lose battles, the White House was burnt to the ground and the result would be effectively a...

Get ready for a week of Tory parliamentary madness

  • 10 Jun 2018

So this is it, Theresa May’s week of destiny. The week when MPs votes on Brexit legislation will determine whether she stays or is pushed out, whether her government survives or falls. There is a formula, a set recipe if you like, for a Tory parliamentary party hullabaloo. The...

Theresa May and Justin Welby are more similar than you might think

  • 9 Jun 2018

Theresa May and Justin Welby share similar problems – it’s time we cut each of them some slack. They each have national and international responsibilities. Both occupy positions of power and authority. Both occupy desirable central London residences, with very pleasant coun...