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Rod Liddle’s ‘humour with a philosophical purpose’

6 June 2014 13:00

At times hilariously funny and full of insight, Selfish, Whining Monkeys is a profound analysis of how British culture has changed in the last 60 years. Rod Liddle advances his… Continue reading

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Criticising Pfizer is not anti-business and does not reveal hostility to free enterprise (Photo: Getty)

In America, Pfizer would struggle to launch a hostile takeover

21 May 2014 12:33

The Pfizer takeover debate has been framed as a dispute between politicians, who claim to speak for the public interest, and shareholders, who own companies. Some have even claimed that… Continue reading

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Michael Gove and David Cameron hold a meeting with Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw, who today criticised the way some local authorities handle underperforming schools. Picture: Getty

Ofsted vs English education

26 January 2014 21:05

The head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, believes that supporters of Michael Gove are running a ‘dirty tricks campaign’ against him. In the Sunday Times, Sir Michael claimed that his critics… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Speaks At The Conservative Spring Forum

Michael Gove’s planned national curriculum is designed to renew teaching as a vocation

2 April 2013 17:37

Michael Gove’s planned national curriculum, heavily influenced by American reformer E.D. Hirsch, came under strong attack over the weekend. Critics claim that it will de-professionalise teachers. NUT activists and their… Continue reading

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A poster from the 1970 General Election. Photo: The Conservative Party Archive/Getty Images

Liam Fox, Theresa May and the meaning of conservatism

14 March 2013 15:41

Speeches by Theresa May and Liam Fox have produced a surge of interest in what Conservatives stand for. Politics in recent years has become an endeavour by a political class,… Continue reading

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NHS

Time’s up for the NHS monopoly

8 February 2013 12:51

Is it time we faced up to the fact that the NHS itself is the reason for the continuous stream of scandals? It’s not just the Mid Staffs Foundation Trust,… Continue reading

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marriage

A serious political party would defend traditional marriage

6 February 2013 10:23

What is the point of a Conservative party that does not see practical value, perhaps wisdom, in traditional institutions such as marriage? There are some less worthy reasons for preserving… Continue reading

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Untangling the 50p knot

3 September 2011 10:19

The 50p tax rate is seen by some as a way of tackling the "undeserving rich" discussed in this week’s Spectator. For others, it is a counterproductive imposition driven by… Continue reading

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NHS Reform: In praise of ‘cherry-picking’

27 May 2011 16:46

The British Medical Association (BMA) has always been a trade union with elements of professionalism on the edges. Its report this week on the NHS reforms was the work of… Continue reading

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Cameron must defeat Clegg and break the NHS’ monopoly

18 May 2011 11:08

‘NHS good, private health bad’. ‘State good, market bad’. ‘Four legs good, two legs bad’. Whenever political leaders get into a tight corner they have to find allies fast. There… Continue reading

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The Tory right are the true liberals of this parliament 

12 May 2011 15:32

In yesterday’s speech to commemorate 12 months of the coalition, Nick Clegg promised a stronger liberal identity in the future. His party was ‘not left, ‘not right’ but ‘liberal’ and… Continue reading

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