David Cowan

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The Conservative Party Needs a Radical European Vision

(4) Comments | Posted 7 August 2013 | (00:00)

The Conservatives' European policy is settled. If David Cameron wins a majority at the next General Election, it will hold a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union by 2017. Who knows what look the prime minister will have with his renegotiation strategy, or how it will play out...

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The Tories Must Not Dither Over Immigration

(0) Comments | Posted 10 September 2012 | (16:35)

Immigration is one of those topics politicians would rather avoid. But last Saturday in the Daily Mail, Nicholas Soames, a TRG patron, co-wrote an article with the Labour MP Frank Field about the dangers of current levels of immigration.

Their concerns centre on the pressures of large scale...

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George Osborne's Credit is Running Out

(0) Comments | Posted 13 July 2012 | (15:03)

The Osborne brand has been heavily devalued since George Osborne's politically disastrous budget. It initiated the 'omnishambles' of the past few months which was then followed by a ridiculously long set of U-turns over taxes on pasties, caravans, charities, heritage, and petrol....

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It is Time for David Cameron to Get the Coalition Back On Course

(0) Comments | Posted 6 July 2012 | (09:03)

After the celebrations of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee and now looking forward to the London Olympics the coalition is heading into more turbulent political waters due to the on-going Eurozone crisis. The Conservatives have only just survived a severe battering from the budget, the petrol panic, double dip recession, and...

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Is David Cameron Jumping the Tory Electoral Gun on Welfare Reform?

(9) Comments | Posted 26 June 2012 | (10:54)

Occasionally, among the static noise of 24-hour news, there comes a speech that matters. Yesterday's by David Cameron, on welfare reform, was one of them.

The Government has already made good progress towards a better welfare state with the Universal Credit, Work Programme and...

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A One Nation Defence of the Church of England

(6) Comments | Posted 20 April 2012 | (10:40)

At the beginning of Holy Week this year, David Cameron made another foray into religious affairs. It was a rare glimpse of that elusive aspect of the Prime Minister's character - his Christian faith.

Mr Cameron's most significant defence of Christianity to date was during the celebrations for...

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A Curate's Egg of a Budget?

(1) Comments | Posted 23 March 2012 | (09:08)

On Wednesday, George Osborne grew in stature as a Tory Chancellor. The Budget was the most definitive account of the government's plan for growth. Yet it was mainly framed as a tax reform budget, and it is by this standard it should be judged.

In which case, it was also...

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Boris Johnson and the Angel in the Marble

(0) Comments | Posted 6 January 2012 | (10:22)

Boris Johnson is the darling of the Tory grassroots. From the pulpit of his Telegraph column he has hurled bread to his Tory base. His support for tax cuts, higher police numbers and his stance on Europe reveal a populist...

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Vickers Report: Don't Kill the Goose That Lays the Golden Egg!

(2) Comments | Posted 21 December 2011 | (09:50)

The coalition's response to the Vickers report was a missed opportunity. A chance to reform Britain's banking sector for the better has been hijacked by the Liberal Democrats' need yearning for influence. And so George Osborne has accepted the report in full, though it couldn't be said totally...

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David Cameron Must Continue His Social Mission

(4) Comments | Posted 18 December 2011 | (16:51)

The public narrative of the coalition over the past 18 months has been dominated by cuts, inflation, sluggish growth, scandals, rioting, international sovereign debt crises, parliamentary rebellions and more cuts. Is it any wonder that David Cameron has gotten his inner circle in Downing Street to put together a

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Ed Miliband's new Bargain Will not Stop the rot

(1) Comments | Posted 28 September 2011 | (12:39)

We are now into the full swing of the party conference season, with all the usual bombast and political posturing that comes with it. It is a time when politicians often seem to be in a world of their own. Ed Miliband has promised a new 'bargain' for Britain which...

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One World Conservatism is an Idea That Defines David Cameron, but has he Defined it?

(2) Comments | Posted 18 August 2011 | (10:56)

In July 2009, David Cameron launched the Conservative party's new international aid agenda with a distinctly One Nation feel to it, under the title of One World Conservatism. The phrase has rarely reappeared despite it being one of the defining features of the modern Conservative party. David Cameron...

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Has BoJo Lost his Mojo?

(1) Comments | Posted 12 August 2011 | (17:57)

With the London riots many have started to wonder whether or not Boris Johnson's bubble has burst. According to the 'The Guardian' Boris Johnson has been criticised by 'Senior Tories' for his delayed return from his summer holidays and fear the damage done to his electoral chances by...

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The Eurozone Crisis: What Cameron & Osborne Must do Next

(1) Comments | Posted 22 July 2011 | (17:54)

Eurozone leaders have announced a new €109 billion bailout package for Greece, which includes restructuring Greece's national debt and inflicts further cuts to public spending. Money markets have rallied but the fear is that this cannot last. Meanwhile, Westminster remains mesmerised by the hacking scandal.

Ireland and Portugal have already...

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