Strategy

Climate Protests, Young People and Modern Conservatism

As students around the country took to the streets to protest against climate change, one of the biggest issues we face globally, politicians and commentators took to Twitter. Not to commend young people for getting involved in politics, but to disparage, mock and belittle their efforts. Andrea Leadsom labelled them truants, apparently not thinking climate change an important enough issue to miss…

Our Times

Mark Fisher’s Ghosts of My Life is an exceptional collection of cultural criticism. As I read it over the Christmas period, I couldn’t think of another writer better able to synthesise so many disparate sources into an overarching argument about our times. The whole book, with its theme of hauntology, had me thinking about ways in which the left interacts with time,…

Time is running out: climate change in the media

Whether a newspaper or television network strives to be “objective” or whether it wears its opinions on its sleeve, it remains a common misconception that all points of view receive an equal share of air-time, and that mass media has a wide and balanced variety of sources to call upon. Nowhere is this fiction more obvious than in the coverage of climate…

The Green Gap

Conventional wisdom says that the political centre is empty. It’s wrong. The liberal centre is held by the traditional third party, which still possesses substantial national infrastructure and resources. The much larger authoritarian centre ground is fiercely contested by the leadership of both major parties, offering competing control narratives in economic and national spheres. What British politics lacks is a Green-Left movement,…

The Joy of Tax

Ed Balls has written about how, during one campaign, Tony Blair had suggested to Gordon Brown that the party made a vow not to raise taxes. Balls, ever the problematic stepchild in that political marriage, countered that they could not make that promise, as they were bound to break it later when they raised taxes. Blair, of course, reacted with horror. It’s…