The Real Lib Dem Führer

BY TIM DAWSON “Bollocks to Brexit!” they screamed. “Bollocks to Brexit!” This was less a conference, more a collective breakdown. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, with sandals and vegan salads. For three days, the Liberal (not that they’re liberal) Democrats (not that they’re democrats) tore up Bournemouth – and democracy. Their headline act was Guy Verhofstadt. Verhofstadt, as readers will know, is a deluded … Continue reading The Real Lib Dem Führer

Too Early for Champagne?

BY TIM DAWSON Boris or Hunt? Neither can be worse than Theresa May. Today, everything changes. Or rather, everything changes unless for some reason the Conservative Party has taken leave of its senses and decided to elect Jeremy Hunt as its new leader. There is nothing actually wrong with Mr Hunt. In person, he is charming, emollient even, and in ordinary times, with everything running … Continue reading Too Early for Champagne?

Render Unto Caesar, Primate

BY TIM DAWSON Who is Justin Welby to judge? Well, okay – he’s the Archbishop of Canterbury. But his recent partisan interventions – both in a speech at the Trade Union Conference in support of John McDonnell and then, yesterday, in an article for the Church Times condemning Brexit – have moved beyond what is appropriate for the principal leader of the Church of England. … Continue reading Render Unto Caesar, Primate

Pity Online Trolls, Don’t Fear Them

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

Boris is the British Reagan

BY TIM DAWSON “Win one for the Gipper!” supporters of the 40th President would shout, in reference to their hero’s early starring role as George Gipp in the Hollywood biopic of the eponymous college footballer. “Boris! Boris! Boris!” chanted the crowd, as the then Mayor of London celebrated the arrival of the Olympic Torch. They may have been born five decades apart, but the parallels … Continue reading Boris is the British Reagan

What Next for the Conservative Party?

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?

The Tim Dawson Interview

BY JON ALEXANDER Comedy Writer Tim Dawson has recently announced his intention to stand as a councillor for the Conservatives in the upcoming local elections. For those not on Twitter you may not know the name Tim Dawson, but those of us in the know, he’s an up-and-coming young Conservative breathing new life into an arguably stale and uninspiring campaign. After launching himself into a … Continue reading The Tim Dawson Interview