A.P. Schrader

A.P. Schrader read Politics at the University of Greenwich and is a former civil servant, who has also worked in the financial services and recruitment industries. He is a member of the Conservative Party and generally adheres to the 'High Tory' tradition. He is a passionate supporter of our constitutional monarchy and a staunch defender of an appointed House of Lords. His political heroes include Edmund Burke, the Duke of Wellington, Benjamin Disraeli and Margaret Thatcher. A 'High Church' Anglican, fanatically opposed to euthanasia, capital punishment and highly critical of Britain's abortion laws, apart from politicsand ethical issues, his other passions are reading, history, cinema, food and wine, fine cigars and smoking his pipe.
A.P. Schrader has written 8 posts for Politics on Toast

Boris Johnson: Another four years as mayor and then Party leader?

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson: What's in his head?

With a second term of London mayoralty looming for Boris Johnson, A.P. Schrader asks whether another four years as London Mayor is necessary to shed his buffoon image? And, with the shedding of the buffoon image, what are his prospects for party leadership?

What is Boris up to? It is a question I find myself pondering more and more of late as the Mayor of London continues to run foul of his Continue reading

The Right needs better spokesmen than David Starkey

David Starkey

David Starkey

The outspoken Dr David Starkey is in trouble for his analysis of black culture which he made on the BBC in response to the August Riots. A.P. Schrader tells us where he went wrong.

It seems that famed Right-wing telly historian David Starkey has landed himself in hot water. At least, if the lefty liberal ‘Twitterati’ are to be believed. You would be forgiven for thinking that Dr Continue reading

The Rise of the Underclass: The gloves need to come off in tackling the riots

London Riots

London Riots

The Tottenham riots diffuse throughout London. The cause of the riots – the killing of Mark Duggan by an armed officer – is almost forgotten. We are seeing that these riots have no political agenda. Rather, it is just low thuggery and criminality. Our politicians need to get tough, writes A.P. Schrader. 

As I write this I am very tired. In fact, tired is not the right word really. Continue reading

Right of Reply: Get our editor a ‘Death Penalty Supporter Card’ and hold him to it

thou shalt not kill

Thou shalt not kill

On the 5th of August, James Garry wrote a piece outlining his support for the reinstatement of the death penalty. A.P. Schrader cares to disagree and tells us why Garry is wrong and also why it is wrong to kill people for their crimes.

A rather distressing development has occurred. In its infinite wisdom, Her Majesty’s Government launched a new ‘e-petitions’ site. The obviously fatuous (one might almost say ‘Blairesque’) idea behind this innovation is that any ‘e-petition’ that secures over a hundred thousand signatures will be “eligible for debate in the House of Commons”. It is a mind-bogglingly stupid idea and, one Continue reading

Why incest is still the ultimate taboo and should remain so

Family

Families form the bedrock of society

Incest is wrong whether looked at from a religious viewpoint or from a scientific one. So why are acts of incest, while rare, occurring with more frequency? A.P. Schrader investigates.

Earlier this week, a 47-year-old man and his daughter were both gaoled for the second time for having sex. Sentencing the pair for their latest offence, Judge James Burbidge said : “There appears to have been a relationship that involved genuine affection, but it was also an illicit relationship, a relationship that is regarded as abhorrent to society at large.” Continue reading

Lessons that David Cameron must learn from ‘Hackgate’

Baroness Warsi

Warsi: Make her High Commissioner to Pakistan

‘Hackgate’ is David Cameron’s first real crisis of government. The absence of Tories coming out and defending Cameron is suggestive about the Prime Minister’s popularity within his own party. If he’s going to successfully deal with the next disaster to come his way, he needs to schmooze with his backbenchers. And get rid of Baroness Warsi, writes A.P. Schrader.

Like many, I have been totally absorbed by ‘Hackgate’, though frankly one does rather begin to tire of the whole tedious imbroglio Continue reading

Euthanasia: When doctors are asked to play executioner

We must always choose life over death

The euthanasia lobby gains momentum; doctors are becoming cavalier about their desire to terminate the lives of people they deem to occupy a Persistent Vegetative State. In the Netherlands, where assisted suicide is legal, the system has been abused. Whatever the good – and bad – intentions of the euthanasia lobby, we must always choose life over death, writes A.P. Schrader.

Who can fail to have been moved by the plight of the sister of a severely brain-damaged woman – known only as ‘M’ –  who is Continue reading

If I were appointed Health Secretary tomorrow…

competition makes us smile

Politics On Toast’s very own A.P. Schrader has been appointed health secretary by Her Majesty’s Government  (yes, really). In his first act he abolishes the Department of Health. Next he razes and rebuilds the National Health Service – one that will compete for our business.  

What would I do if David Cameron appointed me Health Secretary tomorrow? I dare say Andrew Lansley still asks himself that question every night before he goes to bed. Or does he? Jacqueline Davis of The Guardian would have us believe that the Coalition’s apparently Lib Dem-led U-turn “was a fake” and that the Lansley reforms “remain on track”. We can only hope. Even if they are, however, I have serious doubts as to whether the Lansley proposals go anything like far enough, even in their un-watered Continue reading

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