Within Boris Johnson’s Conservatives, the ‘society’ of Margaret Thatcher appears stronger than ever. It may also be historically unpopular.

In a 1987 interview in Women’s Own magazine, British Prime Minister and Conservative heavyweight Margaret Thatcher famously insisted that there was ‘no such thing’ as society, and that people should first and foremost help themselves and their neighbours, instead of relying on ‘society’ (the state) to help them instead. Problems that affected the population were not problems with ‘society’, you see, but instead deficiencies in the correct neighbourly attitude which should see your neighbour taking care of you as you would of them.

They are casting their problems on society and who is society? There is no such thing! There…

Opponents to transgender-rights legislation often cite “science” to support their claims — but modern science stands in support of the transgender identity.

For social conservatives, transgender sceptics and “gender-critical feminists”, claiming that science supports anti-trans rhetoric acts as a smokescreen. Put simply, it prevents such activists from having to admit their fondness for discrimination. Such a strategy is regrettably effective: in large part as a result of the tireless prejudice of anti-trans groups, open transphobia is prevalent in both right-wing and left-wing media (looking at you, The Guardian) and can be heard from all sides of the political spectrum. Organisations such as Britain’s “Women’s Place” have mobilised thousands of people willing to completely ignore modern understandings of sex and gender, preferring the…

The UK already owns very little of its own infrastructure. Allowing Huawei into 5G communications would be another irresponsible choice.

There are many arguments for why the Chinese state — and, arguably by extension, Huawei — should not be permitted unrivalled access to infrastructure projects throughout the United Kingdom. I’d contend that two arguments, with the former focusing on domestic security and the latter on human rights abuses, are the most convincing. Primarily, the United Kingdom should not allow any foreign power — China included — to have any sort of access or control over Britain’s domestic infrastructure. Critics of such a laissez-faire approach are, admittedly, rare — the idea that Britain should own its own vital services is not…

The Conservatives have long been seen as the “party that hate the poor”. Rishi Sunak’s coronavirus aid gives more credence to that perception.

I am not an expert in the history of the Conservative Party, but my theory is as follows: Margaret Thatcher was the Conservative leader that first gave rise to the idea that the Tories hate the poor — or, at least, our modern understanding of that idea. Thatcher’s “mismanagement” (to put it lightly) of the mining-reliant economy of the North led to waves of generational deprivation and poverty that last to the present day, soured further by the Conservative Party’s continued deification and worship of their most polarising Prime Minister. …

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Your moral integrity depends on it.

Election season is upon us! The Iowa caucuses are now just hours away — and with voting just around the corner, (often turbulent) polling data begins flooding in. The current Iowa leaders, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, appear neck-and-neck: FiveThirtyEight’s polling averages are currently giving the candidates vote totals of 22% and 21.5% respectively (at time of writing). The dense and divided field means that other candidates are also not too far behind: Pete Buttigieg at 15.5%, Elizabeth Warren at 14.4% and Amy Klobuchar with her late surge taking her to 10.2%.

Given Joe Biden’s history of questionable comments and…

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The anticipated Mueller’s report has found “no collusion” (as many expected). For 2019’s Democrats, a blow to their narrative against the president. But for 2020’s Democrats, could it be a blessing in disguise?

The long awaited and highly publicised Mueller investigation has finally come to an end, with the conclusion plastered across the front pages and headlines of the international press: “NO TRUMP-RUSSIA CONSPIRACY” from the New York Times’ live updates page — and “MAINSTREAM MEDIA STUNNED: OUR BEST PRESIDENT PROVED RIGHT” from the obviously reputable, unbiased and trustworthy Fox News. To be concise: the US Attorney General William Barr released on Sunday the summary of Robert Mueller’s 2-year-long investigation into allegations of collusion between the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government with the objective of putting Trump into the White…

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His newly announced 2020 campaign includes him among the ranks of high-profile liberals vying for the Democratic nomination — but Bernie’s road to the White House (or even the nomination) already looks like a progressive pipe dream.

“Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nomination and I congratulate her for that.” Bernie Sanders’ first endorsement of Hillary Clinton felt notably cold, almost resentful, as the lack of chemistry or co-operation between the 2016 Democratic candidates was paraded in front of the crowds in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The state had decisively voted for Sanders in the Democratic primary just 154 days earlier, surprising analysts and Clinton’s campaign staff who had assumed the nomination was simply hers for the taking — as was the case, Clinton taking a majority of the vote during the primary season. Sanders’ failed “revolution” was…

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Democrats are showing themselves more willing than ever to bicker and squabble among themselves. It is a less than ideal PR strategy going into the 2020 elections — but the heavily contested primaries look set to make it worse.

January tends to be a frosty time for the District of Columbia, and yet the first days of 2019 felt warmer than usual. Republicans were certainly feeling the heat, scrambling to reorganise and hiding away mention of their serious defeats in the November midterms. Democrats didn’t seem to be faring much better — having put on a united, strong front for the 2018 campaign, their victory in the House had caused a return to the inter-party squabbling that was so common during the 2016 primaries and first two years of Trump’s administration.

The group of “Bernie-or-bust” voters that strongly rallied…

The National Enquirer and parent company AMI stand accused of the attempted blackmail and extortion of billionaire Jeff Bezos. Their verdict should be nothing less than the death sentence.

Journalism is currently trying to pull through some rocky, turbulent times. Attacks on free speech and freedom of the press have increased in recent years, especially from those at the top. President Trump has made headlines calling the press the “enemy of the people” while seeming to imply that press freedom should be completely abolished. European countries are experiencing a similar decline: new laws in the UK do not provide adequate protection for journalists or whistleblowers, and Turkey’s Erdoğan has overseen one of the biggest declines in press freedom seen in modern history.

At the centre of all of this…

Billionaires Descend On Davos To Disparage The Communist Method Of “Taxation” And Announce Their New Plan: Pretending To Be Moral

A few days ago at the World Economic Forum billionaire Michael S. Dell, founder of Dell Technologies and alleged creator of British singer-extraordinaire A Dell, railed against the revolutionary plan from New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to introduce “marginal tax rates”, in which people that have a lot of money (like himself) give some of it to programmes that either help save the environment or human lives. …

Michael Hargreaves

I am occasionally someone who writes things, more often at www.michaelrh04.co.uk. Leftist.

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