Theresa May Has Destroyed Her Own Agenda

Theresa May, having just been to see the Queen, delivered an outstanding address on the steps of Downing Street capturing the mood of the country and securing her position within her party.  The only problem? I am referring to her speech on becoming Prime Minister, not her speech following the election. Her speech on becoming Prime Minister outlined a positive vision which understood what the referendum result meant. It referred to deep challenges facing Britain which ordinary people care about. It focused upon mental…

We Are Witnessing The Beginning Of The End For Theresa May

Six weeks is all it took.  For months May seemed to walk on water, making the political arguments for calling an election overwhelming.  But now it is clear that this election campaign marks the beginning of the end for Theresa May's premiership.  Talk of a majority of 200, which equates to 425 seats, means that the real result will seem like a disappointment.  Moreover, this dire campaign has shattered the illusion that May is, in her own words, "strong and stable".  With comparisons to Gordon Brown beginning to go…

Trump Inauguration: what next?

Yesterday saw the Donald Trump inauguration, making him the 45th President of the United States.  In itself, this is one of the most extraordinary political outcomes in the republic's history. Having insulted his way through one of the bitterest campaigns in living memory, he emerged victorious. This extraordinary result has provoked a variety of responses. Some responded institutionally, trying to overturn the result via recounts and the electoral college.  Others have taken to the streets, with violent protesters in…

Donald Trump Inauguration: Live Updates!

In his acceptance speech on November 9, Trump told the world he sought to 'bind the wounds' of what can only be described as amongst the vilest presidential campaigns in modern times. Today, he has an opportunity to show he means it. It is said presidents campaign in poetry and govern in prose. Well after campaigning in angry tweets, Trump will need the complete sonnets of Shakespeare to start healing a nation. He did not divide America, this election season has come following decades of polarisation, but if the republic is…

Events Have Shown We Need Electoral Reform!

Britain needs electoral reform. This is often a rallying cry of the left, but actually should be a conservative cause.  For conservatism is not about retaining a status quo for its own sake, but conserving what is good.  Indeed, this blog's namesake famously said his doctrine was 'change in order to conserve'.  Electoral reform would be a key example of this in action.  For First Past the Post is conserving much of what is bad about British politics, whilst working to undermine what is good.   Without some form of reform,…

Has Donald Trump finally gone too far?

Donald Trump has ran a campaign defined by its ability to defy the laws of political gravity.  The list of demographics, candidates and institutions he has insulted is staggering.  Yet this last week we have seen much evidence that Trump's campaign has finally started to come unstuck.  It seems that insulting the family of a fallen soldier has finally began to sink 'the Donald', with FiveThirtyEight's modelling putting his chances of winning at around 14%.  However, this week has exemplified the underlying weakness of the…

James Holderness: Clinton And May Bring Change!

It has been a historic few weeks for women in politics.  Theresa May became only the second female British prime minister.  Furthermore, Hillary Clinton became the first woman nominated by a major party in the US. What connects these, however, is not simply the female protagonists.    A common style connects these. Not trouser suits, but a quiet, yet determined way of doing politics.  A way of doing politics that is reshaping it in the shadow of more bombastic, dominant men.  The result of this largely unnoticed sea-change…

Democrats: A case of too much optimism?

Optimism can be hard to pull off in politics.  For proof of this, look at the Democratic convention being held in Philadelphia. Although the internet and social media have all lauded speeches from the President and First Lady, their optimism may be problematic. Seeing a glass half full only works when the electorate do so too, otherwise politicians seem 'out of touch'. With 68% of those polled believing America to be 'on the wrong track' and a combined 27 million votes for Trump and Sanders, assertions such as "I am even…

Republican convention: the anger is only beginning

"the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end" This sentence sums up Donald Trump's lengthy, although not weighty, speech to the Republican convention on Thursday night.  An angry speech capturing the spirit of a nation ill at ease with itself?  Yes.  The nadir of the angry politics defining America?  No.  For, regardless of who wins in November, it is difficult to see how this anger will subside.  Indeed, neither Hillary nor Donald can put this divided nation back together again.  As a…

James Holderness: A month is an eternity in politics

The last month has, politically-speaking, been the most dramatic this century.  The referendum result has redrawn the political map, creating leadership elections in both main parties and reopening the wound of Scottish independence. As Westminster breaks up for its summer holidays, now seems like the best time to review what has happened.  More importantly, it is time to draw breath and discuss what will happen next for our two main parties. Conservatives: banging on about Europe The last month has seen Cameron resign, May…