Middle England Strikes Back

“Thus far and no further”, cried the English middle classes last week. They’ve had enough of cuddly left wing buzzwords like ‘social mobility’ and ‘equality of opportunity’ and they especially don’t want them in their back yard. That’s why the residents of the small West Sussex town of Stedham are ‘overjoyed’ with the decision of […]

Tory Modernisation 2.0

In recent years the Conservative party has been of no fixed abode. Having embarked on a process of ‘modernisation’ in 2005, initiated by David Cameron upon his election as leader, the Tory party is changing once more. But fundamentally changing a political party is an exhausting process, carried out only once in a political generation. […]

Labour’s energy price freeze folly

Our politics has been taken hostage, with the media having succumbed to Stockholm Syndrome. Over the past five weeks, Ed Miliband’s promise to freeze energy prices, were he elected in 2015, has emerged as the dominant single discourse in the Westminster political village. Nothing else would seem to matter to our dear leaders; whilst I’m […]

Ed Miliband can’t see the wood for the trees.

Perhaps not so unfortunately, I managed to miss Ed Miliband’s speech to the Labour Party Conference in Brighton last week. Whilst it’s unbelievable that I would have anything better to do, a little bird informed me afterwards that the 1970’s were back. I rushed home, brimming with excitement, expecting to see Miliband take to the […]

Nick Clegg’s Strategic Error

I’ve never paid much attention to the Liberal Democrats and I can say with confidence that I’ve never felt like I was missing out. But last week my ears pricked up as Nick Clegg made a rather simple, but serious, strategic error. The Westminster media spent the entire week selling Nick Clegg’s Lib Dems as […]

In Sarah Teather’s Britain; social justice is meaningless

I wear my background proudly on my sleeve. I’m a white, working class lad from Leeds. I was the first member of my immediate family to go to university; so social justice should have something to do with me right? Wrong. It seems that social justice is like Ed Miliband’s spine… I’ve heard about it, […]