Backseat Drivers

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE Haunting the Prime Minister throughout the corona crisis have been the ghosts of crises past: Blair, Brown and May. Voices one would only risk hearing at after dinner speeches were it not for a media all too ready to resurrect them. We could add Major to this list, but it seems he is watching the cricket more nowadays – his carping from … Continue reading Backseat Drivers

The Centre Must Not Hold

BY SAM HOOPER Calls for the Tories to pursue and embrace the non-existent “radical centre” are a dangerous Siren song for conservatism at a time when the country needs conviction and clarity of purpose. We must know what a Tory government will have to achieve, before thinking about the way in which it must win office, because simply “winning a majority” on the wrong terms … Continue reading The Centre Must Not Hold

The EU Flip-Floppers

CSM EDITORIAL The upcoming General Election’s top issue is unquestionably Brexit, followed closely by a forensic examination of Jeremy Corbyn’s character. Corbyn seems out of his depth. Meanwhile his party’s views on Brexit are flip-flopping between Remain & Leave, between a second referendum and no second referendum, and there’s a lack of coherence about whether Britain should pay any kind of EU exit bill. Theresa … Continue reading The EU Flip-Floppers

Blair’s Benign Outcome

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN The most interesting line in Tony Blair’s Bloomberg speech last Friday was nothing to do with the bolted horse of Brexit. Nor his sly attempts to fuse his stalling concept of globalism with closer connectivity brought about by technology. Nor was it anything to do with the Labour Party he used to lead about whose current (lack of) management he was derisive. … Continue reading Blair’s Benign Outcome