Pride in British history and institutions is an essential source of social cohesion in an increasingly diverse society.
Posts Tagged: History
There is a case for the EU guaranteeting internal as well as external frontiers – which would make Scottish independence impossible were the UK to remain an EU member.
Lewis Baston: Forty years ago, another Tory conference. It saw that famous Hague speech. And the arrival of Reg Prentice…
The former Labour MP’s defection, and the later split within that party, has not yet found in a parallel in our own turbulent times.
The history of our party has much to teach us about how to build on our modern successes.
Supporters of a new pro-free trade think-tank will be told that Tories are all behind them in principle. But…
Lewis Baston: Disraeli’s “leap in the dark” towards modern democracy. 150 years on from the 1867 Reform Act.
Two cheers for a measure that, though mostly about managing, dividing and taming popular opinion, remains a reforming landmark.
Unlike statues of Confederates in the US, the memorials to these icons of British history should stay.
Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and the rest are commemorated for one thing and one thing only: attempting to destroy their country in the name of slavery.
Of course it is not sufficient to condemn violent racism, like that in Charlottesville, because it is unkind. But history teaches us that we must watch for signs of a loss of empathy for others.
And those that never were, such as 1978, 1991 and 2007. Prime Ministers tend to make the opposite error to that of their predecessors.
Iain Dale: I never thought I’d compare an American President to a North Korean dictator. But here I go.
Plus: UKIP goes nuts. And: Chapman’s tweets might lead you to believe that he’s taken some sort of personality-changing drug.
“Although the sacrifice was enormous, it was fought in a good cause…to defend the freedom that we enjoy today.”
Nicky Morgan: Almost a century after women won the right to vote, the battle for diversity in politics still rages
Too often, we still take our democratic rights for granted.
Put harshly, it can be the ideology of the free-rider, the citizen who neglects the demands of citizenship.
John Deben: Weak leadership, catastrophic decisions. The appeasement of reactionaries over Brexit has betrayed Heath’s legacy
He wouldn’t have let Cash and Fox, Johnson and Rees-Mogg seize the agenda. He would have fought Farage’s populism as he fought that of Powell.