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  • 2017 Jonathan Bowden Oratory Prize

    Western Spring in conjuction with Mike Woodbridge, the executor of Jonathan Bowden’s estate are pleased to announce the fourth occasion of an award in Jonathan’s memory of a prize for oratory, and as announced last year, the cash component of the prize starting this year, has…

  • My Visit to the London Forum

    Background Some time ago, in late 2016, I was invited to address the London Forum. At that time I had only very peripherally heard of it. This is how it describes itself: “The London Forum is a non-party aligned conference…

  • Electoral Folly and Corruption in the Potteries

    On 13th January this year and following significant policy differences with party leader Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour MP for the constituency of Stoke-on-Trent Central, Tristram Hunt, resigned his seat and announced that he is to take up the position of…

  • MSM Common Sense

    I often take a look at the right wing American blogs which (naturally) give themselves much of the credit for the rise of populism in the United States. It is their belief that the rise of the internet has to a large…

  • A Curate’s Egg

    We all remember the old joke about the curate’s egg – “good in parts”. That was my reaction on reading the speech on Brexit which Mrs. May delivered at Lancaster House on Tuesday. By far the greater part of it was…