Tag: Conservatives

How do political parties realign themselves. That is a peculiar mystery in the UK, where everything seems desperately constipated. It also depends on context. The…

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Yet another miserable journey home with Southern Rail (power supply problems again, or so they say), I found myself thinking about Britain’s brand new aircraft…

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The story so far. Govia Thameslink won the franchise to run the Southern rail franchise and took over in early 2015. Thanks to their failure…

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It’s a funny thing, but Michael Gove’s defence of Boris Johnson, following his damaging confusion about a British woman detained on holiday in Iran, gave…

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The 2017 Conservative Party general election manifesto was a departure in many ways from the Thatcherism that had been the party’s outward ideological core for the…

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Business scandals keep coming thick and fast. The banks, BHS and the disappearing pensions, mis-selling of mortgages and other financial products, the VW deliberate cheating…

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In all its recent wild unpredictability, British politics can often be tediously predictable. And so it was with Theresa May’s speech in Florence. Perhaps not…

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Can the UK exercise some degree of control on EU immigration while still having access to the European Single Market? This is maybe the most…

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The Brexit referendum was supposed to be an exercise in democracy. Instead it is turning out that the Brexit decision is being used to push…

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Both sides of the Brexit negotiations are sticking doggedly to their guns. The UK is determined to show that crucial items like the Irish border…

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The Bank Holiday weekend may well be remembered as a momentous one in British politics. Something happened that would have been inconceivable as recently as…

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It’s a funny thing, but the political rhetoric about families and family life is almost overwhelming. The rhetoric goes a long way beyond the policy,…

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