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  • October 11, 2015

    What now electorally for the Lib Dems?

    The prolonged battle for the Labour Party’s leadership and soul with its sensational outcome has occupied the limelight for most political commentators since May’s General Election. Understandably the plight of the Liberal Democrats and their prospects of recovery since their own calamitous reckoning with the voters last spring attracted less rapt attention. Yet the mood […]
  • October 2, 2015

    The end game in Syria is still far from clear

    By the time this year is out parliament will almost certainly be called upon to endorse military action in Syria. Many relatively disinterested observers may assume that in the seemingly endless diplomatic saga over our relations with Syria such a debate will be a re-run of the sensationally lost August 2013 vote. But it will […]
  • September 14, 2015

    Corbyn’s Capital City Effect

    It is perhaps with a sense of deserved satisfaction that many of us Conservatives watched the unseemly civil war break out in the Labour Party this summer. After all, we have had plenty of our own moments of public soul-searching in the years that followed Tony Blair’s resounding 1997 victory. The neurotic (and ultimately unsuccessful) […]
  • September 11, 2015

    Assisted Dying – Private Member’s Bill

    Mark hopes to make the following contribution to today’s debate on assisted dying. He has registered to speak but so have around eighty other MPs so he may not be able to get through his entire speech. He will be voting against a change in the law. ASSISTED DYING – PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL 11 September 2015 […]
  • September 10, 2015

    The Refugee Crisis Sweeping Europe

    Deeply seared in the collective German psyche is the memory of the nine million or so displaced ethnic German civilians as the Second World War drew to a close. As the boundaries of post-Third Reich Germany were redrawn at the Potsdam Conference of 1945, so a tide of human refugees was forced westwards from modern […]
  • July 10, 2015

    Grexit may solve nothing, and cost Britain dearly

    The utterly desperate situation in Greece is fast-developing. As a consequence of these unprecedentedly momentous events I appreciate any of my observations here risk being superseded rapidly. However, in the aftermath of the unexpectedly clear rejection of the latest bailout deal it is evident that the original 2010 Greek rescue package was way too heavily […]
  • June 28, 2015

    DfID – A Practical Rethink

    TV quiz shows in Ethiopia, Facebook lessons in Laos and Hamlet productions in Ecuador – in the mind of the general public, I suspect none of these items counts as a worthy destination for British taxpayer cash. In the wake of press revelations this week detailing the recipients of overseas aid, the Government seemed inclined […]
  • June 21, 2015

    Time to put that long-term economic plan into action

    Not for nothing is economics hailed as the dismal science. Since the financial crash almost seven years ago virtually every economic orthodoxy has been confounded by raw experience. The UK’s deepest post-war recession should have heralded unprecedented levels of unemployment. By contrast not only were the downturns of the early 1980s and early 1990s not […]
  • June 10, 2015

    Osborne should prioritise taxpayer value over rapid RBS privatisation

    Mark wrote the piece below for this morning’s City AM. It can be read online here. Almost seven years on from the £46 billion taxpayer bailout of RBS, it may seem perverse to ask, ‘Why the rush?’ when it comes to selling our remaining 79% stake in the still-ailing bank. But this is precisely the […]
  • May 28, 2015

    Fifa’s latest corruption scandal

    As the Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Football for the past 8 years, this week’s deeply concerning allegations surrounding senior FIFA officials unfortunately comes as no great surprise. The news does however beg the question – why did the Football Association (FA) decide to enter into a bidding process for the […]