BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE One cannot browse Tory Twitter without noticing a disturbing lack of diversity among its younger members. Predictably, a great deal of them are of the now proscribed ‘male and pale’ variety. Less predictable, though, is how many happen to be avowed homosexuals. This would be unusual for any party, let alone an allegedly conservative one. Strange then that no one has cared … Continue reading Why Are So Many Conservatives Gay?
CITY GRUMP “This was a golden age for snitchers. One offence in particular relied heavily on tip-offs from the public: listening to foreign radio broadcasts, particularly those of the BBC. Peter Holdenberg, a 64-year-old disabled bookseller, who lived in Essen, was accused by his neighbour Helen Stuffel of this offence, which carried a prison sentence of up to 18 months. She had listened at the … Continue reading Tories Turn Totalitarian
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN It is difficult to forget the face of Guy Goma who became a celebrity after he was mistaken for an internet expert and interviewed on BBC News. The unemployed computer technician had been at the BBC for a job interview and got more than he bargained for. A graduate from the Congo, Goma gained worldwide attention after a mix-up saw him interviewed … Continue reading Tory Guy
BY DANIEL KAWCZYNSKI MP One of the most important arguments that emerged during the 2016 referendum campaign was that a vote to leave the European Union was not a vote to leave Europe. Whilst the United Kingdom is stepping out of the ever-expanding regulatory empire of Brussels, we are not turning our back on our responsibilities to our friends on the continent. The fortunes of Britain … Continue reading Britain’s Great V4 Opportunity
BY DANIEL KAWCZYNSKI MP Post Brexit we must back America and NATO over Germany’s dangerous over dependence on Russia and the ramifications that has for our Eastern European partners. In December 2019, the United States moved to impose sanctions on companies involved in ‘Nord Stream 2’, the Russian bid to build an energy pipeline under the Baltic Sea to Germany. Now that we have finally … Continue reading The Peril of Nord Stream 2
CSM EDITORIAL n the wake of the Conservatives’ electoral triumph there are a couple of flies in the ointment. One is the alleged Islamophobia problem that the Conservative Party is accused of; the other is the rumour – that will not die – of unwanted infiltrators joining the party from groups like Britain First. Both issues should be addressed as they are molehills which opponents … Continue reading Revoke the Neanderthals
BY BEN EVERITT Tonic water is being stockpiled in Deansgate. Gin, too. And beer, for that matter. The M6 is braced for the rumble of Discoveries as the Tory herd makes its biennial migration to the watering holes of Manchester. Always eventful, the Manchester conference is a bear pit for Tory activists. MPs, staffers, stalwarts and all, must each enter the grand security of the … Continue reading CC2019
BY JAMIE FOSTER The expression “falling between two stools” is an old proverbial phrase. The full version is ‘between two stools one falls to the ground’. It is first cited in John Gower’s Confessio Amantis, 1390: “Thou farst [farest] as he betwen tuo stoles That wolde sitte and goth to grounde.” The first recorded use in modern English is in Matthew Prior’s comic poem Alma; or, The … Continue reading Plot or Die
BY JAMIE FOSTER What to do about the Brexit Party? As Nigel Farage addressed a rally of 5500 of his supporters on Sunday, the question once more raised its head about how the Tories should deal with the challenge of his new and vibrant party. Farage and his party – so they say – will be targeting at the next General Election both Tory and … Continue reading A Brexit Party Compact?
BY CHARLES ABLE SMITH The Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ), formerly known as Conservative Central Office (CCO), is the headquarters of the British Conservative Party, housing its central staff and committee members, including campaign coordinators and managers. As of January 2018, Brandon Lewis MP has been Conservative Party Chairman. Sir Michael Davis – a South African businessman – currently serves as the Chief Executive and Treasurer … Continue reading Big Broom For CCHQ
BY TIM DAWSON My trolls and I have one thing in common – we love talking about me. As a Conservative, I’ve attracted my fair share of abuse and vitriol. It’s to be expected. It’s a part of life that, if you stick your head above the parapet, somebody’s going to shoot at it. Threats, graphic sexual remarks, missives to friends. It’s all there in … Continue reading Pity Online Trolls, Don’t Fear Them
BY DAVID EYLES “When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it sharpens his mind wonderfully.” – Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784). Note 1 – Declaration of interest: I am currently a member of the Conservative Party. However, in the light of recent events, that status is now under review. Note 2 – This article is a follow-on from an earlier article published … Continue reading A Conservative Apocalypse?
BY TIM DAWSON The local elections are over and – although I was naturally shocked at not overturning the mere 1464 majority in inner-city Hulme that would have swept me into Manchester Town Hall – the picture across the country was rosier than many predicted. Despite the prattling from Owen Jones et al, Labour did surprisingly poorly, and the Conservatives remain the largest party of … Continue reading What Next for the Conservative Party?
BY SAM HOOPER It’s great that Universities Minister Sam Gyimah is embarking on a tour of university campuses to spread and defend the Conservative message in traditionally hostile territory. Now we just need the government to come up with a conservative platform that’s actually worth defending. Sam Gyimah appears to be on manoeuvres. Writing in the Times, the Minister for Higher Education announces his intention to take … Continue reading Conservative Platform Required
BY BEN EAGLE I admit it, I’m a Gove convert. However, when he was appointed to his role as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the Cabinet reshuffle of June last year I took a big gulp and expected the worst. I was highly sceptical, looking back on his history in the Department for Education and his status as a Leave … Continue reading Converting to Gove