The Tories will Sweep this election – but do they deserve to?

My initial reaction to the news that Theresa May was to hold a snap general election was too profane to publish – I can’t deny that it took me by surprise. On the face of things there seemed no need for this, but thinking about it now, whether or not Theresa May was to call an election the opportunity for a massive victory was there. A lot can change in three years, and by calling an election in two months’ time the Tories have a huge opportunity to crush their opposition and cement their power for the next five years.  …

The Church of England – on its knees, but not for prayer

It is no secret that the United Kingdom, or rather specifically England, has an Established Church, the Church of England, which has officially served the nation for almost 500 years along with its sister Churches, (more recently) the Church in Wales and the Church of Ireland. Today of course, there remains a sword of Damocles suspended above the head of the Church: the sword of secularism. Whilst there are legitimate arguments in favour of the separation of Church and State, it has been the preserve of conservatives since…

An Elegy for Reform: The Need for Social Toryism

I am now approaching my second year as a member of the Conservative and Unionist Party, a party which I joined in the hope of playing a role within one of the oldest political traditions that the United Kingdom still retains. As time goes on however, I consistently receive mixed messages about the future of the party which I do (I will admit) love. The Conservative Party, with every passing year, month, perhaps even day, appears to be losing the ideology on which the fabric of its success has been built. Jacob Rees-Mogg has…

Conservatism with Alex: War and Peace

This is part 3 in the Conservatism with Alex series. Today Alex discusses war and peace. War is a dirty word – and it rightly should be. War is terrible, and I have long argued that the sole justification of war is the defence of a nation’s sovereign territory, with peace being the most desirable state for any country. Peace allows for the normal lives that we take for granted in the modern age, the full functioning of democracy, and a world for the most part free from existential danger. But what is so inherently wrong with…

Conservatism With Alex: On the validity of constitutions

One of the greatest political mistakes of the past few centuries has been the assumption that pure ideals make for better political groundwork than experience. The British ‘constitution’ has been built up across centuries of political and human trial, turmoil and test, and not by one single event which cause the codification of a single document which we call a constitution. Our laws are made by Parliament: the symbol of regal, local and noble power, and some might say ultimately divine power over our nation, the body that…

Conservatism with Alex: Who are conservatives?

This is part one of a series of writings on conservatism by Alex Illingworth If someone says that they are ‘a conservative’, then they are opening the door to ambiguity and assumption. If you are from the UK, you’ll probably assume they are a member or supporter of the Conservative Party. If from the United States, then they certainly ascribe to some kind of right-wing politics in general, if not the Republican Party’s policies. The truth, however, is that conservatism is more of an attitude than any kind of definable…

Alex Illingworth: The Sugar Tax & Wealth Inequality

It strikes me that the standard response to almost every social problem by those on the left is “tax it”. With the debate over the sugar tax having taken place this week, I think it is fair to say that despite what many have been saying, that the government’s plans to tackle obesity don’t go far enough, it’s actually more the case that they are taking action in completely the wrong areas. Taxation shouldn't be taxing Tax does not have to be, and should never be taxing. All a sugar tax will do is drive up the price of many…

Alex Illingworth: Tory Renaissance, Our EU Exit & Russian Doping!

The Tory renaissance that we are witnessing at the moment is not nearly as exciting as I thought it would be. As a Conservative supporter, I am always pleased to see the party do well in the polls, but what can I say – this is truly dull. The Tory Renaissance has been dull We have found ourselves in a situation where there are no elections or political decisions to be made for quite some time, and with the opposition in disarray, the political scene is marked with complacency on the centre-right and total void everywhere…

The EU Migration Crisis – a test for conservative values?

Unless, like Diogenes of Sinope, you’ve been living in a large ceramic jar for the past few years, you will be aware of the EU migration crisis sweeping the continent, as well as its origins, and the policies being implemented by the EU to try and tackle it. Perhaps the most topical point of contention is the question of what is to happen to them during the UK’s negotiations for leaving the EU. The issue is complex, and renders a number of different possible scenarios; from sharing the burden of migration should we choose an…

Alex Illingworth: Black Lives Matter & Cameron’s Dodgy Honours List!

The political scene in Britain this week has remained dangerously quiet, which on the one hand is an annoyance, giving me much less to write about, and on the other hand is a matter for concern, since it begs the question – what are they actually doing? The Labour Party remains caught up in its own internal factional politics, and the Conservatives seem to be capitalising on this immensely. UKIP is, seemingly, dying. Ripping itself apart over the loss of Farage – who knows whether it will survive? The political seen is…