The New European Order – judges, modernising conservatives and Tony Blair

[…] warned many others that the world had changed. The details of the issues are not important although all three were intimately related to the policy priorities of liberal modernisers concerned with international relations. Each was also about the blind eye that had been offered in the past to the actions of its allies by […]

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Pissing in or pissing out? The ‘big tent’ of Green Alliance

[…] vote in Addison ward, where Labour lost 2 seats to the Conservatives. Because of this the council became hung with the balance of power held by 2 Liberal councillors. After a week’s deliberations locally and with their national HQ (and substantial press coverage in The Evening Standard and The Guardian) the Liberals voted to […]

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Beyond The Da Vinci Code’

[…] tolerance with the Nazi devil and determined not to make the same mistake with communism, especially at a time when liberation theology was taking hold of its liberal wing. Pope Benedict is clearly his own man but there is now good reason to take a much greater interest in the close liaison between the […]

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A Who’s Who of Appeasers, 1939-41

[…] Clays Lovering Pochin and Co; a director of National Provincial Bank, the London Assurance, Doncaster Amalgamated Collieries and of the Sheepbridge Coal and Iron Co Ltd. Ex Liberal politician. Club: Brooks. Met Goering August 1939. Mentioned supporting negotiated peace March and July 1940. (See FO, PREM, Stokes). Aga Khan Rt Hon. Aga Sultan Sir […]

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The liberal apocalypse: or, understanding the 1970s and 80s

The liberal apocalypse: or, understanding the 1970s and 80s We’ve just had another burst of intellectual activity around the Thatcher years. We’ve seen recently: Richard Cockett’s Thinking the Unthinkable: Think-tanks and the Economic Counter-Revolution 1931-83, (Harper Collins, London, 1994, 25.00); ‘Mrs Thatcher and the Intellectuals’, by Brian Harrison, in 20th Century British History, vol. […]

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Fifth Column: The decadence of our political system

[…] should be concerned solely with failures to follow the rules (hypocrisy) or with anomalies and injustices for which new rules should be created. Investigators are almost painfully liberal. The forms of constitutionalism are important to them and this quaint belief in the system working properly, rather like the belief of peasants that the Little […]

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Liddle and Lobbygate: reflections on a Downing Street drama

[…] a senior colleague of Mandelson’s close friend, Sir John Birt, in her job as deputy managing director of the Foreign Office-funded BBC World Service. Liddle’s brother-in-law is Liberal Democrat peer Lord Newby of Rothwell, now a director of the public affairs company, Matrix Communications. Newby left the Civil Service to help form the SDP […]

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Fifth Column

[…] Labour wants an illiberal regime per se. New Labour is not fascist – unless we think European republicanism is inherently fascist – it is merely indifferent to liberal individualism. In Europe, it is normal to limit free speech (as in the ban on Holocaust denial) or to engage in some surprisingly arbitrary actions in […]

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