Category Archives: British Politics

Published on
19 June 2017

Election Reflection III: Liberalism’s Illiberal Endpoint

This is the third and final part in a series of reflections on the 2017 UK General Election. Last Wednesday the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, offered his resignation and put forward a statement saying that he had found the tension between ‘remaining faithful to Christ’ and leading his party to be irresolvable. This came after a muted […]

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Published on
17 June 2017

Election Reflection II: Labour’s Journey Back to the Future

This is the second in a 3-part series of reflections on the 2017 UK General Election. The 2017 general election first and foremost marked a return to two party politics. Though neither party secured a parliamentary majority, the Conservatives and Labour simultaneously received their highest vote share since 1983 and 1997, respectively. At the same time, the SNP, […]

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Published on
16 June 2017

Election Reflection I: The Conservatives and the Reification of Rhetoric

This is the first in a 3-part series of reflections on the 2017 UK General Election. Only eleven months ago, Theresa May delivered a much-lauded opening address just outside 10 Downing Street, in which she extolled the virtues of ‘One Nation’ conservatism. Whilst a passing mention was made of her predecessor, her firm pledge to ‘fight against […]

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Published on
21 June 2016

Jo Cox and a Kinder Politics

On Thursday 16 June 2016, Jo Cox – a 41-year-old Labour MP, committed activist and, above all, dedicated wife and mother of two children aged 3 and 5 – was murdered in her Yorkshire constituency. The Thomas More Institute wishes to offer sincere condolences to her family and loved ones. It is difficult here not […]

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Published on
17 May 2016

Overstepping the line, or the invasive role of the media

It seems as though last week was ‘gaffe week’ in Britain. First there was David Cameron describing Nigeria and Afghanistan as ‘fantastically corrupt’. At a reception in Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, the Prime Minister was caught on camera speaking informally to the Queen, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Speaker of the House of Commons. […]

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Published on
30 April 2016

Orwell 2.0

There is something Orwellian about the times in which we live. In a recent debate about free speech on the BBC2 Victoria Derbyshire programme, Richard Brooks – the newly-elected Vice-President of the National Union of Students (NUS) – said ‘everyone has an equal right to freedom of speech; however, some people have more equal rights […]

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Published on
18 April 2016

Panama Papers and Political Morality

In recent weeks, newspapers and media at large have been speaking about the biggest leak in contemporary history. The Panama Papers amount to 2.6 terabytes of information or 11.5 million documents on offshore tax havens. The records constitute the internal database of Mossack Fonseca, a Panama-based law firm, and were published by the International Consortium […]

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