Nigel Farage. No prizes for guessing what his desert island luxuries might be. Image: Getty

Nigel Farage is trying to modernise Ukip

5 June 2014 13:57

Get Nigel Farage talking about Ukip and its political strategy, and you’ll soon notice how he uses the phrase ‘New Ukip’ to describe the party’s more targeted approach. It is… Continue reading

2013 has been the year of Lynton Crosby, aka the Wizard of Oz (centre).

Six moments that hardened up the Tories in 2013

30 December 2013 9:00

For the Conservative party, 2013 has been the year of Lynton Crosby. Just over a year ago, the Wizard of Oz was appointed David Cameron’s chief election strategist. Now he’s… Continue reading

UKBA's £13M in adverse legal fees

Nick Boles: how to deport jobless EU immigrants

24 November 2013 21:42

From Fraser Nelson: David Cameron proposing delaying welfare payments to EU immigrants – which some might see as his listening more to Lynton Crosby and less to the likes of… Continue reading

Nick Boles would win Groucho Club Central. But nowhere else

Posh, intolerant Nick Boles is a danger to the Conservative Party

24 November 2013 18:54

In politics, there is a basic test of seriousness: linguistic self-discipline. You should never provide the opposition with ammunition; never say anything which could be quoted against your own party. This… Continue reading

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Nick Boles is right: the Tory party must change.

20 November 2013 17:07

Another outbreak of the Tory Modernising Wars! What larks! Nick Boles’s speech to Bright Blue, a newish think tank for metropolitan swells folk who think the Tory message needs rethinking,… Continue reading

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Tory modernisers can’t rest on their laurels – the job’s never done

1 October 2013 13:54

Where next for Tory modernisation? The first point is that it never ends. The Conservative party could not have survived and thrived as the longest standing and most successful political… Continue reading


No, the Tory Detoxification Project is Not Complete.

22 April 2013 12:24

There are times, I confess, when I wonder about politicians. They are a rum breed and it still seems possible to rise to quite elevated heights without possessing very much… Continue reading


Tory minister says yes to EU and no to immigration to win at 2015

12 December 2012 8:30

David Cameron’s Conservative modernisation agenda is struggling. Several of today’s front pages highlight how traditional Tory issues — immigration and family values — have returned to the centre stage. And many of… Continue reading

Elizabeth Truss, 'a bit of a Thatcherite' Picture: Getty

What would Thatcher do if she was in power now?

1 December 2012 15:41

It is testament to Margaret Thatcher’s remarkable influence on British politics that 33 years after she won her first general election victory she still has such a hold on our… Continue reading

Prime Minister David Cameron Makes His Speech At The Conservative Party Annual Conference

The Tory task in Birmingham

6 October 2012 11:59

Too often the debate about the future direction of the Tory party is polarised between those who want to ‘modernise’ and those who want to ‘go right’. But there’s another… Continue reading