Insisting that our needs are met by the government reduces neigbours to numbers and diminishes our scope for good citizenship.
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Rebecca Lowe: Nationalisation. Ask not only: would the state do it better? But also – should it be involved at all?
It was darkly funny to see Labour MPs claiming that nationalisation could fix signals failures when track infrastructure is owned and controlled by the state.
Rebecca Lowe: The Conservatives and women. The Tory electoral challenge has more to do with age than gender.
Rather than wasting time with forays into positive discrimination, the Conservatives should weight the merits of various forms of increased flexibility at work.
Johnson’s latest column on the issue might avoid even mentioning it, but the debate is about how far we go, not whether we do it.
The phrase tends to get thrown around as if it means something undeniably and wholly positive, but it’s more complicated than that.
We’re not only better than others at making choices about how to spend our own lives and money – it’s also extremely important for us to be able to do so.
None of these qualities necessarily stop you wanting things, knowing what you enjoy, and being able to weigh up how to decide.
The two Conservative MPs have been included in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
There are clearly questions about what’s happening in relation to voting, membership, and representation — and what the Party should or might want to do.
Claiming that there’s only one acceptable way of thinking about anything sets us rolling down a slippery slope towards destruction.
These concerns, however, often only add to the need for us to remain ethically and democratically engaged, particularly regarding the most emotive cases.
To my mind, once some kind of base fairness has been established, then it’s best to leave cultural transformations down to demand.
To me, it is clear that the UK could benefit from greater decentralisation. But, to repeat, that does not mean that new arrangements must be introduced now.
Working alongside the Conservative MPs Lee Rowley and Luke Graham, we will launch in Westminster this evening.
We must not conflate the progress that scientific advancement offers us with the idea that debate becomes redundant in the face of an increased awareness of scientific fact.