The Church of England needs a new reformation

  • 10 Feb 2020

Up and down the country thousands of Church of England clergy minister to their parishes, tend their chaplaincies and witness to their calling. Churches are such physical and visible presences in our villages, towns and cities that it is sometimes easy to overlook the great ra...

That was the decade that was

  • 6 Jan 2020

Four Prime Ministers and four General Elections this last decade of British politics has been a roller coaster like no other in living memory. The Queen’s enduring presence as the nation’s figurehead may have provided a veneer of continuity and stability but she reigned over a...

Whitehall is in for a shake-up but will it go far enough?

  • 23 Dec 2019

Government is responsible for the provision and delivery of a range of services, directly or indirectly, on a scale no business or charity has to deal with. It is the provider and guardian of our safety and health of last resort. We rely, often unthinkingly, on government to d...

British business needs a fresh approach to the new Tory government

  • 19 Dec 2019

Boris Johnson’s huge General Election victory is good news from the perspective of the political stability that business needs to succeed. The UK government will now continue to be a strong supporter of innovation and enterprise. The principles of the free market and free flow...

Get ready for the Boris revolution

  • 19 Dec 2019

In 2005 Boris Johnson came to Great Yarmouth where I was the parliamentary candidate. I went to pick him up and take him to the event we had planned. He was accompanied by a journalist who was following him around collecting material for a profile they were writing. Sitting in...

Prince Andrew’s disgrace has now become a political issue

  • 18 Nov 2019

There is a firm, if unwritten, rule that the Royal Family keeps a low profile during General Election campaigns. It doesn’t mean they stop working or going about their duties. It does mean they take extra special care not to say anything controversial or anything that could be...

Trafalgar Service Talk

  • 27 Oct 2019

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen   This morning I received the following signal from the Admiralty: “On the 214th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar I join with you in remembering all those who fought at this great engagement. The br...

Brexit is proving to be a brutal experience for all our institutions including the Church of England

  • 11 Oct 2019

Like a great scythe Brexit slices its way through our national life, from Parliament to the courts, the civil service to civil society, no institution or organisation, public or private, is left untouched – including the nation’s Church, the Church of England. Brexit is, and w...

Thatcher: A Very British Revolution

  • 28 Sep 2019

BBC Two, 20 May–17 June 2019 First published in the Conservative History Group's journal To mark the fortieth anniversary of the Conservative Party’s 1979 general election victory and Margaret Thatcher’s arrival in Downing Street as Prime Minister,the BBC produced a five...

The 1960s - what a time

  • 13 Sep 2019

“You must go and study under Hennessy,” said Ben Pimlott on the day I graduated from his Masters course in politics and public administration at Birkbeck. “You’ve a lot in common – he’s a journalist, likes tweed jackets, loves the Queen, and he’s conservative in the best sense...