Sleeping Giants

BY DAVID EYLES A few thoughts on the Old Bexley and Sidcup by-election on 2nd December 2021: This constituency, combining Bexley Heath and Sidcup was originally held by Sir Edward Heath from 1950 until 2001. It has always been a Tory stronghold. Unsurprisingly, the Conservatives won, but with a seriously reduced majority. The late James Brokenshire’s majority of 18,952 has been reduced by Louie French … Continue reading Sleeping Giants

Momentum Lost

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Two years ago they were still a formidable force feared by the Conservatives. Today Momentum is dead. Like other Marxist groups that have splintered before the Tories’ eyes over the centuries, Momentum now suffer from a terminal case of the People’s Front of Judea syndrome – meetings about meetings, low vote levels required to pass policies, and a surplus of lunatics. These … Continue reading Momentum Lost

Why We Should Halve MPs’ Salaries

BY STEWART SLATER While perhaps not quite as certain as death and taxes, that Britain will get exercised about MPs’ remuneration is still an extremely good bet. The periodic pay increases Parliament votes itself (on, to be fair, the advice of an independent body) are guaranteed to raise an eyebrow and spark a round of muttering in homes across the land. As we are treated to … Continue reading Why We Should Halve MPs’ Salaries

Normalising Abuse

BY SOPHIE CORCORAN What do Angela Rayner’s words really mean for young right-wing activists? The Labour Party Deputy Leader has refused to apologise for the comments she made at this year’s Labour Party conference where she stated Conservatives were ‘worse than a bunch of homophobic, racist, misogynistic, piece of scum.’ Adding for good measure that this crazed diatribe demonstrated she was ‘holding back’. This wasn’t the … Continue reading Normalising Abuse

Just Words?

BY DANIEL JUPP Home Secretary Priti Patel has supposedly authorised a turn back policy. Britain has seen an invasion of illegal Channel crossings with roughly 1,000 migrants landing illegally every day. These are the reported figures, so it’s likely higher. That’s 365,000 a year illegally entering the country. Most people want this stopped. A turn back policy is common sense and would limit attempts in … Continue reading Just Words?

A Shadow of a Labour Conference

BY JON ALEXANDER It’s Labour Party Conference time again which means all the nutters are out on social media deluding themselves that next election they’ll be in government. It’s the political equivalent of a full-moon and gives us enough laughs to see us through those dark winter nights which will soon be fast drawing in. Already today I’ve been accused of being a “beta male” … Continue reading A Shadow of a Labour Conference

Ex Optimal

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN I am acquainted with two talented painters. Both have failed. One paints works that appear unfinished and vague. The other paints pieces that seem beyond optimal – like the drawing rooms of clutterers, who display too much porcelain or dangle trinkets from over-decorative curtain finials, he overpaints past the point of optimum into an unrealistic and ragged chintz. By the former artist … Continue reading Ex Optimal

A Vaccine Too Far

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE To whom does a child belong, the parent or the state? The government seems to have quietly dropped the inane maxim which once concluded their every demand, ‘follow the science’ – perhaps because the science stopped following them. According to the JCVI, the potential benefits that the Pfizer vaccine offers 12-year-olds are too minimal to justify exposing them to its risks. Still, … Continue reading A Vaccine Too Far

Farage a Racist? Really?

There are plenty of social media users who associate Nigel Farage with racism. A quick search on Twitter soon identifies the accusers: Which makes the following footage – exclusive to CSM – very interesting indeed. In the first video (below), Nigel Farage is seen at a UKIP dinner and he’s making crystal clear to the then leadership of the party under Gerard Batten that the … Continue reading Farage a Racist? Really?

The Rapid Decline of Slow Joe

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE ‘The world feels like a slightly better, kinder place today’ Gary Lineker tweeted during Biden’s inauguration, addressing him with the sort of asinine adoration that was then the custom. But given the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, Lineker’s tweet has aged about as well as the president’s spare and perma-surprised stare. While Afghans scramble to save their lives from danger, Twitter blue ticks … Continue reading The Rapid Decline of Slow Joe

Performative Politics

BY PAUL R BRIAN Much has been made of the urban-rural split and the vote breakdown for Brexit. Broadly speaking: many Londoners and urbanites wanted to remain in the EU, while many country-dwellers and small city folks wanted to leave. Plenty of convincing analyses have been made of the socioeconomic reasons for this, but one aspect which hasn’t been focused on is the success of … Continue reading Performative Politics

Macron’s Geography Lesson

BY EFFIE DEANS France is a rather odd place. It is not merely the chunk of the European continent across the Channel. It also includes two islands in the Caribbean, Guadeloupe and Martinique, a little bit of South America, French Guiana, and two islands in the Indian Ocean, Réunion and Mayotte. These are part of France in just the same way as Picardy and Normandy. … Continue reading Macron’s Geography Lesson

Tory Recruitment Deficiencies Laid Bare

BY ALEXIA JAMES Last week’s election results were a shot in the arm for the Conservative Party. Hartlepool was a great success while gaining Northumberland Council was also a positive step forward – in 2017, the Tories had lost overall control of the council. Glen Sanderson, Conservative leader of Northumberland County Council, said he believed the party had “steady” and “solid” leadership following a turbulent … Continue reading Tory Recruitment Deficiencies Laid Bare

Election Blues

BY PAUL NEWALL I don’t know about you, but I was quite disappointed at the Tory landslide victory on the 6th of May, not because I’ve returned to my Bolshevik roots, more that for the first time in over 20 years we have no meaningful opposition and that isn’t healthy for our democracy. In 1997, Tony Blair found himself standing on a Labour landslide with … Continue reading Election Blues

Message for Keith

The Labour Party was formed to support the working classes, not the upper-middle-dinner-party-chattering classes of North London. The people aren’t terribly impressed with your work at the CPS, ignoring calls to charge Jimmy Savile, suppressing prosecutions of organised mass paedophilic rape gangs and representing various criminals in expensive cases against the British government and people over the years. We’re also not awfully impressed at your ‘taking … Continue reading Message for Keith

The New Countryside Roar

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN The countryside versus the town is a phony battle that has been conjured repeatedly over the ages, mostly as an excuse by opportunist charlatans and self-preservers who generally had a foot in both. Nonetheless, there is something increasingly perverse about those who rarely leave the perimeter of the M25 casting judgement on those distant swathes of green where their crops are grown, … Continue reading The New Countryside Roar