Democracy Policy

Sunday, June 11, 2017
At what point do shock election results become expected? The past 12 months has seen a raft of unexpected results, all apparently beyond prediction.One analysis that would have predicted them all however is the view, in the UK and US at least, that...
Friday, May 19, 2017
Bow Group contributor George Appleyard looks in detail at changes necessary to carry the function of Britain's Upper House of Parliament, after concisely explaining the history of that body.Notably, he explores three areas of change:- First, it is...
Monday, May 15, 2017
Where would our nation be, at this very moment, had UKIP never existed?For a start, the Cameron-Osbourne dream-team of liberal infiltration would still be at the helm of our Conservative party. What’s more, they’d still be struggling electorally....
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Not so long ago I placed a bet on there being a general election before 2020 and I have now doubled my money. My prediction was that there would almost certainly be a point during Brexit when the Prime Minister would need a greater majority than...
Thursday, January 19, 2017
 Most of the debate about what the Conservative Party needs to do to win an overall majority at future General Elections focuses on policy and message - and rightly so: even without an organisation on the ground, parties with an attractive...
Thursday, January 19, 2017
 Read the original article at Generation Conservative“Words can inspire. And words can destroy. Choose yours well” - Robin Sharma“Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs” - Pearl Strachan HurdOn 19 November 2012,...
Thursday, January 19, 2017
 Read the original article at ConservativeHomeRegular readers will know that this is a Helvetophile column. I love pretty much everything about Switzerland: its courteous people, its frosty peaks, its regular referendums, its extreme localism...
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
 You wait for by-elections and then two come along at once. Copeland will be very interesting and given the issues close to my heart, I have contacted CCHQ to put my name forward as a candidate. This article is my unsubtle pitch to be Copeland'...
Monday, January 16, 2017
 Back in March of this year, Chancellor George Osborne rose in the House of Commons to deliver his annual budget. Over the next 45 minutes or so, he used the word “aspiration” eleven times (in 2011 it was only used twice), and three of those...
Monday, January 16, 2017
 Read the original article at Generation ConservativeAs an opponent of an elected upper house it is often difficult to defend the Lords’ unelected nature when Prime Ministers make feckless appointments. The Lords after all has its entire...
Monday, January 9, 2017
 Read the original article at Generation ConservativeWell he has done it! Against all the odds, Donald Trump is President-elect of the United States after beating veteran Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College. Let me give you my...
Monday, January 9, 2017
 The Labour Party's statements in August on migration, delivered by shadow immigration minister Chris Bryant, were quite right. Bryant was correct to say that the United Kingdom "has no idea where its citizens are". But unsurprisingly it is a...
Saturday, January 7, 2017
 My mother grew up in a country in which more men toiled in factories, fewer women worked in the labour market, most couples were married, homosexuality was illegal, nearly everyone was white, television scarcely existed, the national anthem...
Thursday, January 5, 2017
 Read the original article at ConservativeHome“Electoral fraud that would disgrace a banana republic,” was how the presiding judge described the postal vote abuse in Birmingham in 2005. With respect, m’lud, it was no such thing. I say this with...
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
 Conservative activists and backbenchers can be forgiven for sometimes feeling that we, as a party, are like a ship with listless sails stuck in the DoldrumsWe are in Government but, because of the Coalition, we are not the Government. It often...
Saturday, December 31, 2016
 An interview with David Davis MP, by Luke SpringthorpeIt was against a backdrop of declining membership numbers and an increasingly disenfranchised membership base that I went to meet David Davis MP, former contender for the leadership of the...
Saturday, December 31, 2016
 Read the original article at Generation ConservativeIf many were shocked about the result of EU referendum in Britain, those shockwaves were only amplified by Trump’s comfortable victory in the US presidential elections. As both results went...
Friday, December 23, 2016
 At the start of this year, we saw the coalition’s mid-year review and the release of its audit on progress. Much of the subsequent analysis has inevitably focused on what has not been achieved in the past two and a half years. But how much...
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
 While everyone waits for the Supreme Court’s verdict regarding Parliament’s right to vote on triggering Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, many are arguing Parliament should also be able to approve or reject the deal for Britain’s future...
Monday, December 19, 2016
 With less than two years to go until the next general election, now is the ideal time to pose the question: if the Conservative Party is a broad church, who is their congregation?By combining all the monthly Political Monitors from April 2012...
Thursday, December 8, 2016
 Read the original article at Generation ConservativeEverybody can agree America has seen an election of the oddest kind for any number of reasons. One of them is the way in which it broke with the usual ideological format of American elections...
Friday, December 2, 2016
 Read the original article at John Redwood's DiaryThe polls say Mr Renzi, the Italian Prime Minister, will lose his referendum. He has been seeking a way to ensure that his party, whose Democrat party  polled just 25% of the vote in the...
Thursday, November 24, 2016
 Read the original article at Generation ConservativeTheresa May’s slim majority is getting even slimmer. Zac Goldsmith has triggered a by-election in Richmond after he followed through with his promise to resign should the government approve a...
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
 Just when you're starting to finally wind down from 5 years of worrying about breaking up the country, when the SNP seem almost vanquished following two bruising referenda, Tim Farron pops up.I like Tim, I met him during the 2015 General...
Monday, November 21, 2016
 Henry Nelless on how Conservatives must win councils on the road to national victories On 8 May 2015 we will all be hoping that the shoe leather and hours invested in the General Election campaign will have paid off and that, once more, we...

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