Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Dilettante at the Telegraph: Phil Collins' one-party state

My final Telegraph piece from last week responds to a paywall-protected op-ed by Phil Collins, who mooted that only by mimicking New Labour could the Conservatives dream of winning another election. I counter that if the Conservative 'modernisation' strategy is ever predicated on this assumption, we might as well wind the party up. Read it here.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Dilettante at the Telegraph: Why the courts will always favour the left, in Britain and America

My latest Telegraph pieces reflects on the US Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare, and the parallels that can be drawn with Cameron's dream of the British Bill of Rights. The conclusion? That entrusting the defence of certain values to the courts rather than Parliament is bad politics for the right, on both sides of the Atlantic. Read it here.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Dilettante on London Spin: Fight the Good Fight

Reviving my irregular London Spin column, I set the stage for the upcoming CF elections and outline the duty of all press and candidates to get stuck into each other's proposals. Read it here.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Dilettante at the Telegraph: A senate must be justified on its own terms

My latest Telegraph piece argues that Lords 'reforms' amount to a two-part operation which involves the creation of an entirely new constitutional institution, the case for which must be made separately and put to the public. Read it here.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Dilettante at the Telegraph: Westminster must not be afraid to challenge SNP gerrymandering

In my next Telegraph offering, I make the case that Westminster should not be afraid to intervene to ensure a fair referendum if the SNP prove either unwilling or incapable of delivering one. Read it here.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Dilettante at The Telegraph: The Brighter Side of Light Pollution

On placement at the Telegraph, I've been given the opportunity to write for their online Comment section. In my first piece, I look at two photographs intended to demonstrate light pollution and argue that, so unfortunate is the context, they instead remind us of all the good that those earthly star-scapes represent. Read it here.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Dilettante on The Student Journals: Go on, Gove!

My latest post for TSJ makes the case in support of Michael Gove's challenge to the vested interests of the education establishment. You can read it here.