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
Archbishop Rowan Williams has not been shy about brandishing his socialist credentials in the press on on the radio. The Church is unlikely to rediscover its purpose and mission with uncomprehending people such as the Archbishop at the helm, writes Charles Brickdale.
The Daily Telegraph recently published a revealing photograph from 1992 of the present Archbishop of Canterbury. It shows the then Bishop of Monmouth, heavily cassocked against the rain, in conversation with a fellow cleric. Both priests are taking a break Continue reading
Long gone are the days when The West could dictate terms to China. The balance of power has changed. Britain cannot afford to be too fussy about human-rights; we must do urgent business with the Chinese, writes Christian Walker.
We live in especially interesting times, internationally. This is because we are witnessing the rise of a new global power in the form of China; a rise which could culminate in the eclipse of American power (initially economically, later militarily) at some undetermined point in the future – all things being equal, certainly during the lifetime of our children. ‘What about India’, you say. Good point. A key reason for the focus on China owes to the unique challenges China’s rise poses to the global community – challenges of a very serious and fundamental nature, which are (thankfully) absent when considering India’s rise. Continue reading
There is a persistent association between free-markets and the political right. James Garry challenges this orthodoxy and argues that free-markets help to continue the effects of the 1960s cultural revolution.
The Conservative Party is a left-wing party. As my Politics On Toast colleague ventilatorblues wrote earlier last week: there is no difference between the Tories and the left . Yet there are still people who refuse to admit, in spite of the Tories embracing of egalitarianism via the comprehensive school and waging liberal interventionist wars, that they are a party of the right. Continue reading