January 3, 2018

Ryan Shorthouse and Andrew Harrop: Saving for the Future

In Centre Write

Democratic politics is, at its heart, about finding solutions that compromise between different legitimate interests, values and people in our society. We make the most progress in tackling pressing problems…

December 19, 2017

George Freeman MP: The need for a new foreign policy based on aid, trade and security

In Centre Write

Last month I was in the Bekaa valley – Lebanon’s agricultural heartland (the “Napa Valley” of the Middle East), now sadly synonymous with the exodus of families fleeing the chaos…

December 11, 2017

Joel Collick: How conservatives think about human rights

In Centre Write

The philosophy of Conservatism and a belief in human rights are closely linked. Conservatives typically believe in the principles of personal freedom and a government limited by the rule of…

December 4, 2017

Julian Glover: Contents for conservatism

In Centre Write

Thinking about conservatism in Britain, without thinking about Brexit, is becoming ever harder. The spring has been poisoned. This leaves those of us sympathetic to a gently-sceptical, generously-patriotic, largely-tolerant political…

November 27, 2017

Sam Hall: Canada’s trailblazing approach to cannabis

In Centre Write

Assuming the federal government’s ambitious timetable is met, on 1st July 2018, Canada will become the first G7 country to have legalised the production, sale, use, and possession of recreational…

November 21, 2017

James Dobson: Boost female employment to boost the economy

In Centre Write

The Chancellor is steering our economy through choppier waters. The Office for Budget Responsibility has forecast weak growth for the UK economy over the next few years while just last week the…

November 20, 2017

Eamonn Ives: Towards a greener, more pleasant land

In Centre Write

Much of the UK’s land area – 71% – is devoted to agriculture overseen by farmers, land owners, and land managers. The rules and arrangements which govern those groups, therefore, can have…

November 20, 2017

Idreece Khan: Left to Right

In Centre Write

I am what you would call an unnatural conservative. My grandparents moved to the U.K in the sixties and spent their entire lives involved in Labour politics. Indeed, most of…

November 10, 2017

Kieron O’Hara: Fixed Odds Betting Terminals: What’s Really Wrong With Them

In Centre Write

Over the last several months, fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), electronic gambling machines which lurk in betting shops, have been the subject of deep opprobrium, from the puritan left to…

November 6, 2017

Samuel Chadwick: The ethical and electoral case for tackling today’s ‘burning injustices

In Centre Write

Today’s most fundamental injustice is the lottery of birth. Conservatives should reject the socialist anathema of outcome inequalities; and instead make and prove the argument that capitalism can be a…

November 1, 2017

Guy Corbet: Conservatives should appeal to everyone – not just the young

In Centre Write

Basic marketing practice generally means identifying a segment of people with common characteristics and then trying to attract them.  These common characteristics could be attitudes, interests or behaviours.  Sometimes they…

October 27, 2017

David Verghese: What are today’s ‘burning injustices’ and how should conservatives go about tackling them?

In Centre Write

Justice has always been a principle at the heart of conservative politics – from Baldwin’s talk of a ‘union of all classes’ to the introduction of same-sex marriage in 2013…

October 27, 2017

Chris Hayes: It’s time to modernise our daylight saving system

In Centre Write

As Brexit dominates our political narrative, here is a domestic policy that would brighten all of our days: modernising our daylight saving system and bringing it into line with 21st…

October 20, 2017

Henrique Laitenberger: It’s Not Just The Refugees, Stupid! The German Election Results Examined

In Centre Write

One word seldom associated with European elections in recent months, if not years, is “sleep”. Yet this was precisely how many German pundits labelled this year’s Federal Election campaign: as…

October 16, 2017

James Boyd-Wallis: Making the case for free enterprise

In Centre Write

Capitalism is under threat and companies now face a more hostile environment in which to do business than at any time in the last 40 years. A study by the…

October 13, 2017

Ben Rochelle: How do we deliver a renaissance in affordable housing?

In Centre Write

One of the few headline statements during a bewildering and yet underwhelming Conservative Party Conference was the Prime Minister’s announcement that an additional £2 billion will be pumped into the…

October 5, 2017

Stephen Clarke: Government for the people and for the regions

In Centre Write

Recent electoral surprises, particularly the EU referendum last summer and last month’s general election, have been described as reactions against the economic status quo. The shocks have been greeted by…

October 3, 2017

Neil Parish MP: Why I’m a Bright Blue MP

In Centre Write

The Conservative Party does not talk enough about its strong record on the environment. As Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, you might expect me to…

October 1, 2017

Jesse Norman MP: The Centre Write Interview

In Centre Write

Capitalism has delivered demonstrable successes, yet people seem to be losing the faith in the ability of capitalism to make their lives better. Why do you think this is the…

September 30, 2017

Alex Morton: A property-owning Britain

In Centre Write

One of the greatest advances since World War Two was the rise and rise of home ownership. Whereas in 1953 just 32% owned their home, this had risen to 71%…

September 30, 2017

Sam Hall: Conservatism rejuvenated: appealing to the under 40s

In Centre Write

The Conservative Party has a problem with younger voters. At the last general election, the young decisively opted for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party over Theresa May’s Conservatives. In their post-election…

September 28, 2017

John Penrose MP: Fixing the broken energy market

In Centre Write

Whatever you think of the Conservative election campaign, we got one policy offering absolutely right: the energy price cap. We promised a cap that would end the rip-off for 17…

September 26, 2017

Mark Littlewood: Theresa May, free-marketeer?

In Centre Write

From the beginning of her premiership, Theresa May has been compared to Margaret Thatcher, that last great female Prime Minister. Both came to power after a period of national turmoil…

September 24, 2017

Pamela Dow: Unlocking potential

In Centre Write

In these tribal times it is pleasing to find a public policy for which a compelling case can be made within every political tradition. Judging the success of prisons and…

September 22, 2017

The Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP: Apprenticeship nation

In Centre Write

Imagine thousands of young people cheering Prime Minister Theresa May in a similar manner to those singing songs about Jeremy Corbyn. Unthinkable, yes, but not impossible. And, as the late…

September 20, 2017

Antoinette Sandbach MP: Prosperity through productivity

In Centre Write

With life outside of the European Union looming, economic prosperity must be at the heart of our approach when shaping our country’s future. As well as promoting an outward-looking and…

September 18, 2017

Paul Masterton MP: Two decades of devolution

In Centre Write

In Scotland, we are no strangers to constitutional referenda. Two in as many years, with the threat of a third still lingering, albeit much more weakly of late. This has…

September 16, 2017

Scott Corfe: To save free markets, we need fairer markets

In Centre Write

Many have interpreted the outcomes of the Brexit referendum and the 2017 general election as a rejection of a market-based economic settlement that is not working for a significant portion…

September 14, 2017

Rohit Bansal: Social justice is at the heart of conservatism

In Centre Write

Britain faces many challenges; falling real wages, a lack of secure employment and an ageing population among others. On the steps of Downing Street in July 2016 Theresa May outlined…

September 14, 2017

Ryan Shorthouse: Centre Write Director’s note

In Centre Write

So, what went wrong? This summer, there has been much soul-searching from Conservatives on why they recently failed to win the decisive parliamentary majority almost everyone predicted. Two clear points…