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Conservatives should not praise David Cameron, but whip him

March 8, 2012


David Cameron is a disappointment as Conservative leader. This view is prevalent throughout the Party; everyone seems to have a reason for being disappointed with the Prime Minister’s leadership. For me, it was his actions over Libya; the intervention was everything we promised we wouldn’t do. For others, it is vacillation on Europe and/or the […]

Why Britain is not isolated in Europe

December 13, 2011


Since the European Summit on Friday, when David Cameron blocked an EU-wide treaty, many in the media have talked a lot of balls about the United Kingdom and “isolation”. Those who have criticised the Prime Minister, (who, funnily enough, have mostly been Europhiles), have bemoaned our lack of “influence” in Europe. If one follows the […]

Afghanistan: A timeline

August 12, 2011


I was surprised to discover recently that there is no comprehensive, publicly available timeline of the war in Afghanistan. This was also annoying, as it meant I had to construct my own. Here is what I have so far, but will continue to build it and hope others will contribute too. My aim is cover […]

SDSR: The Army or the Navy?

October 1, 2010


I like to think I am ‘an Army man’: it is the branch I have always indentified with, the one that I attempted to join and might try again in the future. But something worrying me from the briefings and counter-briefings of the SDSR is that the Army will be ‘saved’ from cuts because of […]

Copying America: The British Tea Party

September 18, 2010


I like freedom. I like democracy. I like choice. But as a conservative, I do not like agitation or disorder or any threats to the status quo. And as I have been trained as a historian, I cannot stand ignorance and myths taken at face value. One can imagine then that the idea of a […]

Conservatives and the threat from Germany 1902-1914

September 13, 2010


This is the first part in my series looking at the British Conservative Party and the First World War. The topic brings together many interests of mine from international relations in the early 20th Century to the ‘strategic culture’ of the Party and the nexus of foreign policy and domestic politics. My dissertation examined it […]

Hague of the FCO

July 2, 2010


Speech yesterday by William Hague, the new Foreign Secretary. I’ll write about this soon, but give it a watch (Hague is a genuine orator) and share any thoughts: