Tories

The Tocquevillian Tories, Part 2

14 April 2010 12:52

Three excellent, interesting responses to the Tory manifesto from Iain Martin, Danny Finkelstein and John Rentoul. I recommend them all.…

The Trouble With Referendums

13 April 2010 23:11

I’m not opposed to local referenda and ballot initiatives. But they need to be carefully handled. As commenters have pointed…

The Tocquevillian Tories

13 April 2010 17:48

I think that today’s Tory manifesto is really quite a piece of work and potentially a work of genuine radicalism.…

Libertarian Paternalism in Action

13 April 2010 13:34

This, folks, is how the Nudgers and so-called “libertarian paternalists” work. From the Tory Manifesto’s (rather brief) passage on civil…

A Broad Toryism

8 April 2010 16:38

Speaking at a Spectator debate last night, Tim Montgomerie laid out some of the reasons for thinking David Cameron more…

The Great Ignored

6 April 2010 17:52

Sunder Katwala thinks that Dave’s talk of the “Great Ignored” carries echos of Nixon’s “Silent Majority”; Hopi Sen doesn’t much…

Labour’s Manifesto: The Shortest Abdication Note in History?

6 April 2010 3:10

And so it begins. At last. The phoney war is over and now the grapeshot will be flying thick and…

Tory Obama? Really?

6 April 2010 1:12

Is Barack Obama really a closet Tory? That’s the question Andrew Sullivan asks in the light of this passage from…

Blond in America

19 March 2010 18:07

As David says, Philip Blond has charmed David Brooks (who, in turn, has not impressed Matt Welch). I wasn’t terribly…

The Tories & Middle England: United Against the Unions

18 March 2010 13:38

The admirable Hopi Sen thinks the Tories will blunder if they continue their Unite-bashing. Childish, playground stuff he calls it:…

The Hurt Locker, the Fast Show and David Cameron

11 March 2010 23:19

Think Defence has some fun with this video, suggesting that it’s a British version of The Hurt Locker. But actually,…

Gordon’s McCavity Days Are Ending

11 March 2010 12:56

Watching the news last night, I was struck by how little one had seen of Gordon Brown on TV recently.…

British Tea Parties?

9 March 2010 14:02

Rod Dreher had a good post riffing on David Brooks column last week which is in turn well worth reading.…

Alice in Ulster

9 March 2010 12:28

A quick coda to this earlier post on the Tories and the Northern Ireland peace process: the approach taken by…

An encouraging poll for the Tories?

9 March 2010 0:13

Over the course of the past year some people have, from time to time, been wise enough to remind us…

When is George W Bush not the villain? When David Cameron is.

8 March 2010 22:36

Not the least of the entertainments* between now and polling day will be seeing how the Guardian manage to keep…

Red Meat Toryism? Part 2.

7 March 2010 16:17

Commenting on this post, Tim Montgomerie writes: Did you actually read what I wrote Alex? Not once did I call…

Muesli Conservatism or Red-Meat Tories?

7 March 2010 14:23

Tim Montgomerie says it’s “time to stop apologising for being Conservative” and calls for an end to this Red Tory…

Texas Wakes Up!

4 March 2010 17:31

Sadly this is a safe Republican seat so Ms Rogers won’t be going to Washington any time soon. Still –…

Six Tory Promises: How Impressed are You?

27 February 2010 0:32

Actually, there seem to be rather more than six promises Still, the Daily Mail reports on a series of Tory…