Christopher Wheeler

Christopher Wheeler has written 7 posts for Politics on Toast

The English riots – Why do we make excuses for them?

riots

riots, riots, riots, excuses, excuses, excuses

After the riots, all we hear are excuses. In this excoriating attack against our excuse-culture, Christopher Wheeler tells us what really is wrong with our society.

The Riots in England last week were a disgrace and reflected badly on not just the image of the United Kingdom but also the society we live in.  However, we must forget that the looters and rioters involved were totally to blame for their actions and it is a sickening sight to see people trying to excuse the inexcusable. Continue reading

The Myth of Meritocracy

meritocracy

Meritocracy?

A meritocratic society is often lauded as the best sort of society. But it seems too hard for politicians to implement. Until we become truly meritocratic we will get shoddy services and inept bureaucrats. Christopher Wheeler explains. 

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A Dangerous Obsession – Britain and House Prices

House Prices

Bound to fall...

The British Obsession with house prices and home ownership has lead to a boom-and-bust cycle and economic instability. This has been accelerated by easy credit. We need to return to conservative values of saving and not buying things on credit, argues Christopher Wheeler.

In the United Kingdom one of the prime national obsessions is house prices.  When they go up, the media, the people and political parties regard this as proof that everything is right with the world.  But when house prices fall, or even just stabilise, the very Continue reading

A Very British Problem: The High-Speed London to Birmingham Line

Chinese High Speed Train

Rail networks: The Chinese are way ahead of us

The proposed high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham will take at least another decade to complete. China has managed to connect Shanghai and Beijing within 36 months. It is not just rail networks, but entire infrastructures are taking the British ages to complete. Red tape is primarily to blame, writes Christopher Wheeler.

On the 27th of July 2011, 25 years after it was originally proposed and 4 years after initial building work began the Hindhead Tunnel in Surrey was finally opened.  At the same time, debate in Britain Continue reading

The hypocrisy of Labour over phone-hacking

Blair, Brooks: best of friends?

Ed Miliband has opportunistically seized upon David Cameron’s closeness with the shamed Murdoch empire. Considering the Blair government’s own flirtation with News International this is cant and hypocrisy of the first order, writes Christopher Wheeler. 

Within the last few weeks the British newspaper industry, and more specifically News International, has been found to be a hotbed of immorality and alleged illegality. The Labour Party and their leader Ed Miliband have been seen – by the media and the general public alike – to have been making all the running over the issue of phone hacking. Labour have tried to claim that the scandal shows that Prime Minister David Cameron lacks judgement due to his hiring of an ex-tabloid editor who – it is claimed – was intimately involved in the scandal.
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The Myth of the Progressive Majority: Why we vote Right not Left

It is often said that in Britain there is a ‘Progressive Majority’ and that if the splitting of votes between left-wing parties did not occur the Conservatives would never win another election. This is an argument though based on lazy generalisations, false assumptions and a plain distortion of facts which, if fully examined, show that the ‘Progressive Majority’ in Britain is a myth.

If we accept the concept held in left-wing circles of the idea of a ‘Progressive Majority’ we can say that it is flawed for any number of reasons. Firstly, it is based on an incorrect view of British political history. For the idea of a ‘Progressive Majority’ to work there must have been points in history where the Conservatives were not in power and the ‘Progressive Majority’ made a visible impact. Continue reading

The Two Nations: The private sector vs. politically motivated unions

Easy for you to say, Bob

‘Two nations; between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are ignorant of each other’s habits, thoughts and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets,’
Benjamin Disraeli – Sybil or the Two Nations 1845

In 1845 Disraeli wrote about the Two Nations when describing the state of society within England and the dreadful conditions of the working classes compared to the relative prosperity of the upper and middle classes. Today we again have a case where Britain is divided between two groups, the public and the private sectors, who it would seem are as ignorant of each other’s lives as the classes described by Benjamin Disraeli in 1845. Continue reading

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