Max Wind-Cowie
Max Wind-Cowie runs the Progressive Conservatism Project at the think tank Demos. He has written on inequality, welfare and civil society for Demos and blogs at on culture, current affairs, politics and foreign policy.

Entries by Max Wind-Cowie

Remembrance Begins at Home

(1) Comments | Posted 21 January 2013 | (13:44)

Sometimes a slight is delivered purposefully and deliberately - words and deeds are designed to wound. But sometimes, more often perhaps, hurt feelings are the by-product of good intentions. And it is that latter, self-righteous kind of slight that can be the most damaging and destructive - it is a...

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Iain Duncan Smith: Saving the Welfare State From Misguided 'Kindness'

(51) Comments | Posted 16 October 2012 | (00:00)

Anyone who genuinely, seriously wants to protect our welfare state should be full-square behind Iain Duncan Smith's latest ideas for reform.

A Daily Mail article has trailed the idea of using smart-cards to restrict what certain individuals spend their benefits on. Cue much outrage about the further 'demonisation'...

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Double Standards and David Laws

(32) Comments | Posted 27 August 2012 | (00:00)

For the avoidance of any doubt, let me make something clear. I like David Laws. He's a clever, interesting and politically astute man. His efforts in the run-up to, and early days of, the Coalition Government were essential to overcoming the natural suspicion and mutual antagonism that arises when two...

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A Gay Terrorist Is Still a Terrorist

(17) Comments | Posted 23 August 2012 | (13:26)

There's been a lot of it about lately, victim blaming. Much of the commentary around the Wisconsin Gurudwara shooting appeared to blame the victims for resembling, in the eyes of the ignorant, Muslims (as though shooting Muslims were an acceptable pastime). This week, we've seen Lefties and libertarians rallying to...

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Who Will Be Our Teddy?

(1) Comments | Posted 28 June 2012 | (11:48)

When a gambler wins money in a casino, he keeps it. When he loses money in the casino, he loses it. And when he is caught cheating? He's roughed up by the bouncers - at the very least - and barred from the casino for the rest of his miserable...

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Shame Is a Game Worth Playing

(9) Comments | Posted 27 June 2012 | (00:00)

Some things are illegal. Some things are immoral. There is sometimes a difference between the two. But that doesn't mean that politicians and commentators should restrict themselves to comment on the former and leave the latter wholly to personal judgement. Or that they should always seek to transform the immoral...

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God Bless Richard Dawkins

(4) Comments | Posted 20 May 2012 | (16:39)

I am not a fan of Professor Richard Dawkins. His simplistic, superficial and zealous attitude to faith is unbearably smug. His certainty in his own, eternal rectitude is not only obnoxious but betrays his sketchy commitment to the very skepticism he demands of others. And his insistence on dictating to...

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Put Melanie Phillips in Charge of Equality and Human Rights

(10) Comments | Posted 18 May 2012 | (00:00)

Boris Johnson provoked both glee and outrage when he wrote, in his regular Telegraph column, that the next Director General of the BBC should be a Tory. "Imagine", opined Alastair Campbell "if we had said what Boris said". The difference, of course, is that a Labour politician would never say...

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Who Will Stand Up to the Hetero-Phobes?

(140) Comments | Posted 15 May 2012 | (00:00)

The gay-rights brigade have allowed their quest for gay marriage to tip over into active hetero-phobia. If they don't snap out of it, they'll even lose the support of gay people like me.

A little while ago I wrote a piece for ConservativeHome about how the attacks and smears of...

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The Heather Mills of Politics

(1) Comments | Posted 23 September 2011 | (00:00)

As Chris Huhne will tell just about anyone who'll listen, marriages break down. It's a fact of life. Be it infidelity - is that Ed Miliband I see you flirting with Mr. Farron? - or simply incompatibility thousands of once 'life-long' partnerships break down every year. And there's...

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Basildon has a duty to evict Dale Farm squatters

(9) Comments | Posted 19 September 2011 | (15:25)

A number of important and worrying things happened today which deserved to command the attention of the United Nations. An ageing tyrant ordered the murder of his citizens from a hospital bed in a faraway land. An equally appalling dictator, overthrown but not yet captured, used boobytraps and snipers to...

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