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  • Westminster

    Brexit's vital political, not economic, importance

    There is no evidence that joining the EEC or completing the single market did anything to boost UK growth so it is difficult to see how leaving it will do the opposite. The greatest benefit from Brexit and its real significance is that we regain our sovereignty. That's why we need to get out as soon as possible

    by John Redwood MP -  9 November 2017
  • Balfour

    The Balfour Declaration and British Leftist anti-Semitism

    The centenary of the Balfour Declaration has brought British, and other anti-Semites, crawling out of the woodwork. Labour is a party which claims the mantle of progress. It is a sad state of affairs that a British Lord had a more enlightened attitude to the Jewish people 100 years ago than many in the Labour Party do today

    by Michael Curtis -  6 November 2017
  • Juncker

    Juncker personifies everything that is wrong with EU

    It is easy to dismiss European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as an anti-democratic clown. He is, but that is not the point, which is that he accurately personifies a failing project which is doing great harm to Europe. Thank goodness for Brexit!

    by Jack Tagholm–Child -  4 November 2017
  • Gulag

    A century of evil: Communism's 100 million dead

    The staggering death toll -- perhaps as much as 100 million -- attributable to communist mass murderers continues to be downplayed in the West by shabby Left-wing pseudo-intellectuals with too much influence in our media, politics, and universities. A century after the Russian Revolution we should salute the victims, and name and shame the apologists

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  3 November 2017
  • Flags_latest

    How to know if we have a good deal on Brexit

    No deal with the EU is way better than much of what is being touted right now. The reality is that it is massively in the EU's interests that they have a good deal for Brexit. In order to overcome some of their delusional nonsense we just have to make it crystal clear we really will walk away if they keep on acting up

    by John Redwood MP - 31 October 2017
  • George_w._bush

    The dismal record of George W. Bush

    Never get hung up on labels. The economy suffers just as much if a Republican expands the burden of government as it does when the same thing happens under a Democrat. Bush was a Republican but some Democrats performed better. His record is frankly dismal

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 26 October 2017
  • Dolce_vita

    Italy's thinking on immigration

    Italy is actually a great place to live, and the Italians know it. From an economic point of view they'd probably benefit from Merkel-style mass immigration. But most Italians would rather keep their own version of the dolce vita

    by Tim Hedges - 23 October 2017
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    Brexit Britain needs more grammar schools

    Social mobility is a key tenet of Conservatism – the policies of aspiration that allow people to progress, to provide for themselves and their families, to be self-reliant – not propped up by the state.  And for this to happen, we must provide more opportunities for educational excellence. 

    by Elizabeth Anderson  - 22 October 2017
  • Wto

    How no Brexit deal really can work, and why it matters

    It is quite clear from the different tone of remarks coming from Mrs Merkel, the Commission, and elsewhere within the EU that they are very worried at just how popular the idea of a no deal, WTO model is with many UK voters for Brexit. As reason sinks in, our hand gets stronger. We must use it

    by John Redwood MP - 22 October 2017
  • Barcelona

    FAQs on Catalonia, Scotland and separatism generally

    It’s a serious, responsible business being a state. You can't just declare independence unless your own people and other states think you are legitimate. Former UK Ambassador Charles Crawford answers all the key questions about Catalonia and separatism around the world from Crimea to Kosovo and Scotland

    by Charles Crawford - 19 October 2017
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    Farming for Britain in a great post-EU future

    When we leave the EU we will be able to design a fishing and farming policy that allows us to sustain higher levels of home production, after the disaster of Brussels driven policies. We just can't get out of the EU fast enough

    by John Redwood MP - 17 October 2017
  • Matteo-salvini_(800x400)

    After Catalonia, Italy steps up for autonomy votes

    Different Italian regions will have looser or closer ties with Rome as they wish (or vote for). It could have been a model for the European Union, if only they weren’t so scared of democracy

    by Tim Hedges - 13 October 2017
  • De_gaulle

    UK government must get serious about No Brexit deal

    Charles de Gaulle famously said "Non" to Britain joining the EU. Alas, we didn't take no for an answer. But now that we are leaving, we should emulate de Gaulle and be prepared to say a decisive "Non" to Brussels. Given EU intransigence, preparing for no Brexit deal is now a vital part of our strategy

    by Alexander Fluza - 10 October 2017
  • Catalonia

    Scots nationalists mired in confusion over Catalonia

    Scottish nationalists, and even some English Conservatives, have got themselves into a mess over Catalonia where the majority boycotted the recent independence referendum. The EU also opposes Catalan independence as much as Scottish independence, leaving the pro-EU SNP totally confused, and at a sorry dead end

    by Tom Gallagher -  9 October 2017
  • May

    Tory optimism needed to clean up Theresa May’s mess

    The Cabinet is locked in guerrilla warfare, the Prime Minister is wounded and will never regain her political authority, worse still the Conservative Party activist base has crumbled to ruin, we need a plan and we need it now, argues Steven George-Hilley

    by Steven George-Hilley -  3 October 2017