Cameron must learn from Merkel on the treatment of low-paid workers, the Financial Transaction Tax, and the banking system

Unlike other western politicians, Angela Merkel has weathered the recession with remarkable success. Richard Carr argues that Merkel’s Germany shows that governmental interventionism can be compatible with the Conservative tradition and offers lessons on how it might be usefully deployed by the British right. The economic crash of 2008 was not kind to the western political status quo. In the […]

Cameron’s progressive conservatism has cast him more as the heir to Thatcher than to Disraeli

When Cameron used the phrase ‘progressive conservatism’ many assumed that he was moving the party to the centre and would promote some form of social justice. Not so, says Simon Griffiths. Cameron’s progressive conservatism can be seen, therefore, as progressive in the same specific – and less used – sense that Thatcherism was: the state has become an obstacle to progress rather […]

2014 will be the year of living nervously for all of Britain’s main political parties

Looking ahead to what 2014 holds in store for Britain’s main political parties, Eunice Goes writes that this year will test David Cameron’s leadership skills to the limit with the European parliament elections, the Scottish referendum, and potential interest rate hikes by the Bank of England looming. On the other hand, she predicts life will not be much easier for the leader […]

Book Review: In It Together: The Inside Story of the Coalition Government

Matthew d’Ancona is the Sunday Telegraph’s chief political commentator, and a man with near unmatched access amongst the journalistic fraternity to George Osborne and David Cameron’s inner circle. As such, his detailed account of the first three years of the Coalition Government make for interesting reading, even if he declines to put the Government’s record under sustained scrutiny, writes Sean […]

‘Benefit tourism’ and keeping up with the Joneses: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

This week, Boris Johnson caused a stir when he said in a speech that “[s]ome measure of inequality is essential for the spirit of envy and keeping up with the Joneses that is, like greed, a valuable spur to economic activity.” Chris Dillow of the Stumbling and Mumbling blog examines what mechanisms might cause inequality to depress growth, writing that Boris “was […]

How to construct a team to support the Prime Minister

The trial of Andy Coulson makes it abundantly clear that aides can tarnish the reputation of those they serve. Andrew Blick and George Jones examine the history of aides who have caused trouble for Prime Ministers and, drawing on their recent book, make a series of recommendations about how prime ministers should construct and handle their teams.  In his 1513 […]

Social mobility and regressive redistribution: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

James Bloodworth discusses Alan Milburn’s damning report on social mobility in Britain on the Left foot forward blog, arguing that “the drive to improve social mobility and promote ‘equality of opportunity’ is always liable to stall if inequality isn’t tackled”.

On SPERI Comment, Scott Lavery point to a ‘recovery through regressive redistribution’ in Britain. Although there has recently been encouraging growth statistics, “the […]

David Cameron has created a new vision of Conservative foreign policy, one which is far happier to intervene to stop suffering and expounds a bigger, and more liberal, view of Britain’s interests in the world

Tim Oliver and Matt Beech contend that the Conservative Party changed its philosophical approach to humanitarian intervention during its years in opposition. David Cameron and William Hague have articulated views of humanitarian intervention that bridge the gap between more traditionally realist Conservative views of humanitarian intervention, focused on order, sovereignty and a narrow conception of Britain’s interests, and a more justice-centric […]

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