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Rights for the right

Parliamentary sovereignty is not the solution to Britain's European impasse. Bill Emmott, editor of The Economist, and David Manasian, argue that Thatcherites and Hayekians should embrace constitutional reform and a bill of rights as a permanent restraint on the power…
David Manasian  

Mohammad goes to Brighton

When Ian Buruma visited the Referendum party conference, he expected to find latter-day Mosleyites. Instead he met nostalgic, mild-mannered members of the middle class
Ian Buruma  


The raucous Europhobic Tory press and their pitch to mould the new conservatism
John Lloyd  


Peter Kellner examines the reasons why the pollsters so badly underestimated the Tory vote in the 1992 election and asks whether it could happen again.
Peter Kellner  

Welfare’s fallow Field

Frank Field is one of parliament's most popular and respected mavericks. For this reason the Tory minister, his plans for reforming the welfare state have not received critical scrutiny
David Willetts  

From Major to Maurras

Just as the right is poised to take over the Conservative party, it has stopped thinking. Worse still it has introduced an alien element into British politics-centralist, interfering, paranoid. The right should show more sensitivity to the national traditions it…
Ferdinand Mount  

“I was there”

It is ten years since Michael Heseltine stormed out of the cabinet over Westland. Martin Rosenbaum compares eye-witness accounts
Martin Rosenbaum  

Evaporating wets

For the first time in its history Britain is the most right-wing country in Europe. Ian Gilmour, defeated in an earlier contest with the right, explains the failure of the One Nation Tories
Ian Gilmour  

The beast in John Bull’s jungle

Michael Portillo alienated all sides in the Tory leadership contest and then made a crass conference speech. Yet he remains a crown prince of the new Tory party. Bruce Anderson wonders whether he ought to be
Bruce Anderson