Douglas Carswell

Douglas Carswell’s defection is a disaster for David Cameron and great news for Ed Miliband

28 August 2014 12:13

I like Douglas Carswell. He thinks for himself and has always, I think, added some welcome colour to parliament. But…

Tory whips tell MPs: We will fight Carswell vigorously

28 August 2014 12:10

The Tory whips have just sent their line-to-take on Douglas Carswell to MPs. Seen by Coffee House, the email repeats…

Breaking: Tory MP Douglas Carswell defects to Ukip

28 August 2014 11:08

In the past few minutes, Tory MP Douglas Carswell has announced at a special press conference that he is defecting…

David Cameron makes a success of his Juncker failure in the Commons

30 June 2014 18:03

Normally when Speaker Bercow drags out a statement from the Prime Minister to over an hour and a half, the…

Downing Street has forgotten that its business is politics

13 April 2014 11:03

The Sunday papers resound with the sound of Tory MPs thinking aloud about how to deal with ill-discipline: principally expenses…

Audio: Douglas Carswell on why he was wrong to rebel

29 January 2014 17:55

Douglas Carswell is one of the Conservatives’ most active Euro rebels. So we invited him to our View From 22…

Douglas Carswell, crime fighter

24 January 2014 13:42

Mr S has long admired Essex Tory MP Douglas Carswell. Not only does the rebel with a cause bring a…

A refreshing attempt to renew conservatism, boycotted by the Tory leadership

16 September 2013 22:30

Apropos of the current issue’s excellent cover story (‘The End of the Party’) about the hollowed husks that are today’s…

iDemocracy and a new model party

15 July 2013 11:15

The Conservative party is a bit like HMV, the bankrupt music business. For years, just like HMV, we were market…

Primaries and recall elections may be nice ideas, but they won’t transform British politics

3 June 2013 13:14

Say at least this for those twin gadflies Douglas Carswell MP and Daniel Hannan MEP, they are optimists in a…

How David Cameron can save money and boost interest in politics

11 January 2013 20:12

David Cameron started his times as Prime Minister by saying that ‘the days of big government are over’. But he…

Where does power lie? Or where should power lie?

19 November 2012 17:05

Iain Martin has written a cracking piece for the Telegraph entitled: ‘The coming battle with the EU is about sovereignty.’…

The Carswellian revolution

25 October 2012 12:18

While Conrad Black re-entered polite society at Lulu’s in Mayfair last night, the Hospital Club in Soho saw the advent…

The new generation of Tory rebels

29 March 2012 17:08

There’s a new member of The Spectator family, and she’s called Spectator Life. This is our new quarterly magazine focusing…

Envoy for repatriation

4 November 2011 10:45

A few days ago Douglas Carswell laid out a way for the Prime Minister to regain the eurosceptics’ trust. One…

Treasury notes reveal Osborne’s position on euro bailouts

1 July 2011 17:23

There has been much talk about what George Osborne told Alistair Darling about the EU bailout mechanism during those days…

Labour’s economic credibility goes on tour to Brussels

14 October 2010 16:11

Bill Cash’s amendment to the EU budget bill may not have been the victory that the signatories to Douglas Carswell’s…

Finessing the coalition’s EU referendum lock

14 September 2010 10:53

The Coalition Government’s proposal for a ‘referendum lock’ on future transfers of powers to the EU has already been branded…

Britannia ruled the waves

31 August 2010 19:13

As Pete wrote this morning, the plan to share aircraft carriers with France is controversial. It seems that concerns over…

Select committee chairmen in full

10 June 2010 15:43

Courtesy of PoliticsHome, here is the full list of the new chairmen of select committees: ‘The following candidates have been…