Conservatism

The Spectator Podcast: The dying of the right

22 June 2017 16:14

On this week’s episode, we look at conservatism’s apparent decline, how society has responded to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and whether young…

The future belongs to the Left

15 June 2017 8:36

When I was in my early 20s and quite conservative I assumed I was just an anomaly, someone who develops…

In defence of Cameron’s posh boys

17 July 2016 18:41

A few weeks ago, I wrote a Spectator cover story about David Cameron’s purge of the posh. My peg was a new…

The book that made me a Tory (maybe I’ll give it to Osborne)

3 April 2016 15:11

His father’s dental cast, writes Graham Greene near the beginning of The Power and the Glory ‘had been [Trench’s] favourite…

David Cameron makes the case for the Tories’ moral mission

22 June 2015 9:16

David Cameron has never particularly warmed to the language of compassionate conservatism. In the past, that side of the conservatism…

It’s more important than ever for conservatives to appeal to hearts as well as minds

26 April 2015 15:12

The Conservatives always do a lot worse than Labour in polls that ask about how proud voters feel of their…

Five things we learnt about compassionate conservatism from Michael Gove’s speech

13 March 2015 10:05

Is there a future for compassionate conservatism in Britain? Michael Gove outlined why there are reasons to feel optimistic at…

Cameron does not have as much time as he’d like on European reform

1 September 2014 8:16

What should worry David Cameron more, Douglas Carswell’s defection to Ukip or reports that as many as 100 Tory MPs…

The conservative case against Iain Duncan Smith

30 June 2014 18:04

Labour held a debate on Iain Duncan Smith’s stewardship of the welfare state today. Tory MPs backed their man, as…

Vladimir Putin’s Russia is jingoistic, angry and oppressive. But it’s nothing like Nazi Germany

21 March 2014 11:06

I’m conservative, so it’s hard for me not to love Vladimir Putin. His ripped torso, the way the sweat glistens…

Podcast: Gove’s last stand, the march of the dog police and the future of conservatism in America

13 March 2014 8:27

Why is Michael Gove under attack from his coalition partners, his own party and numerous enemies? On this week’s View…

Podcast: Julie Burchill vs. Paris Lees, Putin’s plan to rule the world and Cameron’s love for Angela Merkel

20 February 2014 8:00

What is intersectionality and why is it ruining feminism? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Julie Burchill and Paris…

David Cameron talks nonsense about vetoing future EU enlargement

20 December 2013 22:35

Fair’s fair. Ed Miliband might be a fish-faced ninny but that doesn’t let David Cameron off the hook. And not…

David McLetchie’s decency served the Tories well but they need bolder leadership now.

14 August 2013 14:51

David McLetchie, who died this week aged only 61, was a politician who, in style and manner, rebuked those cynics…

Tory backbencher Jesse Norman. Picture: PA

Jesse Norman interview: Edmund Burke, our chief of men

24 May 2013 9:00

When he arrived in London, Burke had a very brief career in law. He soon dedicated his time to critical…

Margaret Thatcher and Scotland: A Story of Mutual Incomprehension

8 April 2013 19:48

There is a poignant passage in Margaret Thatcher’s memoirs during which she contemplates her failure in Scotland. She seemed puzzled…

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…

Thoughts for the day

29 October 2011 14:11

Charles Moore and Matthew Parris, Spectator columnists both, represent two of the distinct philosophical and intellectual tradition that make up…