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  • How the Tories can win over the young

    How the Tories can win over the young

    Daniel Mahoney | | Politics
    In advance of the Queen’s Speech, the stark generational divide emerging from the general election will be sending shivers down the spine of Conservative MPs, with Labour being more popular than the Tories in every age group up to 47. If it wasn’t for Theresa May’s enormous lead among the over 60s, ...
  • Tory policies are inherently attractive to the young

    Tory policies are inherently attractive to the young

    Tim Knox | | Politics
    The Conservatives have a problem with the young. They don’t like us. As Gideon Skinner and Kully Kaur-Ballagan of Ipsos Mori pointed out in yesterday’s Red Box, age was the greatest dividing factor in the general election since records began in 1979, with Labour enjoying a 20 per cent swing ...
  • Georgia shows us the danger of Corbyn

    Georgia shows us the danger of Corbyn

    Now that the youth actively votes Bernie Sanders, Mélenchon and Corbyn in the name of social justice, we often hear how free-market politics only benefit large corporations, while leaving the rest of the population poor and exploited. However, behind Corbyn’s “for the many, not the few” lies real dangers. I ...
  • ‘Freedom Lies in Being Bold’: New Ideas for a New French Right

    ‘Freedom Lies in Being Bold’: New Ideas for a New French Right

    Timothe Buffet | | Politics
    After five pitiful years of Socialist governance, the presidential and legislative elections could have marked the comeback of the French right. Corruption scandals aside, François Fillon could have been the one taking France on the right track. However, the results of the first round of legislative elections suggest En Marche ...
  • The Tories must find a moral message or die

    The Tories must find a moral message or die

    Lord Saatchi | | Politics
    Oxford University issues the following guidance to prospective candidates: “Be honest with yourself and what has inspired you.” It pains me to say it, but the Conservative Party, of which I was once chairman, has lost touch with that essential message.We are in a muddle about what we offer. We ...
  • Macron v Le Pen: ‘Conversations dans le Parc Monceau’

    Macron v Le Pen: ‘Conversations dans le Parc Monceau’

    Jenny Nicholson | | Politics
    ‘Catastrophic’ was the unsurprising verdict of those I spoke to on the afternoon of the first round of the French elections in Parc Monceau with Honor Bishop, the 10 year old daughter of friends I was staying with in Paris, if Marine Le Pen won the second round of the ...
  • How May can be as bold as Thatcher or Attlee

    How May can be as bold as Thatcher or Attlee

    Tim Knox | | Politics
    This article was originally published by the Times Red Box.A strong economy. A Labour Party facing, in the words of Polly Toynbee, “its darkest night”. 4 million former UKIP voters who can now only – logically – support the Conservatives. A Liberal Party which can fit all its MPs into ...
  • The Conservatives should seize this chance to radically reshape Britain

    The Conservatives should seize this chance to radically reshape Britain

    Daniel Mahoney | | Politics
    This article was initially published in City AM on 19th AprilCalling an early General Election will, in all likelihood, be seen as a pragmatic step to strengthen the Prime Minister’s negotiating hand in the upcoming Brexit negotiations. While Continental Europe faces instability from the rise of populist parties and persistent issues with the single currency, ...
  • Within striking distance - trade union reform

    Within striking distance - trade union reform

    Adam Memon | | Politics
    A version of this article was originally published by the New Statesman. Keir Hardie would be aghast if he could see the state of the trade union movement today. Its reputation has been comprehensively trashed and the sad truth is that, too often, this is completely justified. Knee-jerk, reactionary opposition to ...
  • Strike laws should be reformed

    Strike laws should be reformed

    Joseph Baum | | Politics
    The laws governing strike action are rarely discussed around the family dinner table but they should be. The right to strike is an important principle that should not be abandoned and trade unions play a vital role in representing the views of their members. However, they are less impressive when ...
  • If UKIP wants to survive it needs a Tory victory and SNP success

    If UKIP wants to survive it needs a Tory victory and SNP success

    Lewis Brown | | Politics
    It was somewhat interesting to see the English and Scottish versions of The Sun newspaper set out their different party endorsements this morning – the London-based publication prefers the Conservatives, citing one of the reasons as ‘keeping the SNP out’, while their Glasgow counterpart encouraged readers to vote for the ...
  • Green or Communist? Take the manifesto test!

    Green or Communist? Take the manifesto test!

    Owen Brady | | Politics
    The Communist Party has released their General Election manifesto, to great fanfare (well, one of their candidates got to go on Daily Politics). Without wanting to give too much away, much of it seems to be not particularly Communist, and occasionally less left-wing than the Green Party.Can you identify which ...
  • Whatever happened to free-market UKIP?

    Whatever happened to free-market UKIP?

    Owen Brady | | Politics
    Looking back at an interview of Nigel Farage at the IEA in 2010, it was striking to see him give such a direct, unambiguous, principled argument in favour of free trade:“If we are going to be a successful nation …, part of the 21st-century global economy, then protectionism [is] a ...
  • Ed Miliband's Relaunch: Zero Credibility, Zero Ideas

    Ed Miliband's Relaunch: Zero Credibility, Zero Ideas

    Adam Memon | | Politics
    Ed Miliband’s latest leadership relaunch today was unfortunately devoid of any new ideas or credibility. His speech, based on the idea that Britain has become a zero-zero economy, shows that he understands neither poverty nor prosperity.Follow @CPSThinkTankMiliband’s proposals on the minimum wage and zero-hours ...
  • Occupy London: giving civil liberties a bad name

    Occupy London: giving civil liberties a bad name

    Matthew Rees | | Politics
    Anyone who has walked out of Westminster tube station this week may well have been greeted with the sight of protesters, makeshift fences and a sizeable police presence in Parliament Square. Many of these protesters have responded to calls from 'Occupy London', a movement which describes itself as representing the “UK ...