Category: Blog

‘RESHUFFLES WITHOUT TEARS’, BY THE RT HON JOHN REDWOOD MP

Reshuffles should aim for better government, says the Rt Hon John Redwood MP,  who explains there may be lessons from the private for the public sector:

The Prime Minister’s reshuffle achieved her stated aims of changing the appearance of the Conservative party and bringing new talent into the lower levels of government. The array of new Vice Chairmen at Central Office look different, and  the Whips office has several new faces. 

At Cabinet level three people left – Damian Green, Justine Greening and James Brokenshire. The three replacements were Esther McVey, Damian Hinds and Matthew Hancock. That left the Cabinet no more or less diverse than before. It does mean there is one more Leave voting member of the Cabinet, but still a strong Remain majority.  In that sense the Cabinet does not look like the country, but all of course must  now be committed collectively to the UK’s exit from the EU… 

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‘The Sword not Peace?’

As Christmas itself seems under assault in many parts of the world, two fundamental needs must be addressed, say Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Rev. Johnnie Moore: the threatened need safety and those who have suffered need urgent help.

A key victory of terrorists is that they have forced the rest of us to change the way we live our lives. Airports, synagogues, shopping malls. But this holiday season, Christmas itself seems under assault…Read on
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‘Afraid to Speak its Name?’

In an age of multiculturism the British Christmas no longer reflects its Christian origin, says John Marenbon in this week’s blog:

Britain is now self-consciously multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural, and its Christmas has been similarly transformed. It is now a national winter festival: no longer, for the really politically correct, the suspect ‘C’ word, but the cheerily pagan Yuletide…Read on

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‘The Sword not Peace?’, by Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Rev. Johnnie Moore

As Christmas itself seems under assault in many parts of the world, two fundamental needs must be addressed, say Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Rev. Johnnie Moore: the threatened need safety and those who have suffered need urgent help.

A key victory of terrorists is that they have forced the rest of us to change the way we live our lives. Airports, synagogues, shopping malls. But this holiday season, Christmas itself seems under assault…

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National Identity and National Values: the French approach

As the Chief Inspector of Schools in the UK declares that a growing number of private religious schools are ‘deliberately flouting British values and equalities law’, Claire Legras, a Justice in the French Administrative Supreme Court (Conseil d’Etat), explains in  Politeia’s new publication with the Brussels foundation, New Direction, how the French concept of laïcité is not a separate value, but a practical way of avoiding the bad consequences of multiculturalism:

The French concept of laïcité is not a value in itself. It is a philosophical and legal principle aimed at sustaining the founding values of the French State – liberty, equality, fraternity – mentioned in the preamble of the Constitution. Its Article 1 then states that France is a secular republic (‘La France est une République indivisible, laïque, démocratique et sociale’). Laïcité is meant as a mechanism, an organising principle, not a value. I thus firmly believe that current initiatives aimed at editing the Constitution in order to add laïcité to the famous triangle are ill-judged…

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‘Fit for the Future?’, by Anthony Coombs

Although many Labour supporters believe their party has abandoned the traditional base, they recognise that the current leadership has a mission to turn this country into a revolutionary socialist republic with levels of redistribution and confiscation unparalleled. Although neither they nor the country share that view (and many believe it would bring the economy to its knees), Labour leadership has made no secret of where it wants to bring them and the country.

For Conservatives, and I speak as a former Member of Parliament for Wyre Forest, there is a different problem; one encapsulated in the budget. I (and probably others) received a personally addressed message from the Chancellor following the Budget for Britain   he indicated that it would do no less than build a Britain “fit for the future”, apparently unaware of the cynicism the public increasingly harbours for Westminster’s claims and promises.

Some of the Chancellor’s statements are more likely to exacerbate popular cynicism (would barely have passed muster with the Advertising Standards Authority). The announcement that he was “tackling the cost of living by boosting your pay and cutting your taxes” seemed to gloss over the fact that the pay boost was confined to the lowest paid…

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