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Be the Brightest and Best: vote Tory

Posted by RDN under Economic affairs / Politics & campaigns on 27 April 2015. No comments.

Many people in the creative, inventive and caring industries – the Brightest and the Best – have never socialised with people who openly espouse the Conservative cause, or have only met them to have a row. This why they should expand their horizons….. More »

Darwin vs Spencer: Chicken, egg or German Romantics?

Posted by RDN under Mind & body / Politics & campaigns on 25 February 2014. No comments.

BBC R4 had a great In Our Time episode last week. It discussed Social Darwinism and taught me (I fear for the first time) to wonder which came first: the sociology, as in social, or the biology, as in Darwinism? Put it another way: who was the precursor of whom? Who got to evolution – and got to its messages – first? Was it our obvious hero Charles Darwin, or the famous old villain, Herbert Spencer? Naturally, I was rooting for Spencer…. More »

Why Mrs Thatcher was hated

Posted by RDN under Politics & campaigns on 10 April 2013. No comments.

Mrs Thatcher was not funny or warm, at least not in public. She wasn't even populist. Unlike The Gipper, it is unlikely that she will ever become a National Treasure. She represented – was like – a very small segment of British society: the lower middle class. Her virtues were those of a stage nanny or governess, as in Mrs Doubtfire, or Mary Poppins, or Anna from The King and I. She was firm, friendly, upbeat, undaunted. She treated us all like children. But above all, she decided that what we all needed was plain speaking…. More »

Five crib-sheets on the Right-Left divide

Posted by RDN under Politics & campaigns on 18 October 2012. No comments.

Here are five cribsheets I have prepared for a New Culture Forum launch/outing (London, 24 October 2012) for The Right-wing Guide to Nearly Everything. They download as PDFs. More »

Right-wing heroes

Posted by RDN under Politics & campaigns / RDN's media outings on 17 October 2012. 2 comments.

During an outing on the Daily Politics Andrew (BBC TV, 20 September 2012) Neil asked me about right-wing heroes. I think we agreed that they were thin on the ground. I mentioned Keith Richards on account of his "the buck stops here" attitude to drug abuse. (And forgetting his claim to anti-Establishment dissidence, cited in Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind.) I collected myself sufficiently to add Margaret Thatcher and Sir Keith Joseph. Below, are some more. More »

The Right-wing Guide to Nearly Everything/RWG2NE: published

Posted by RDN under Politics & campaigns / RDN's media outings on 5 October 2012. No comments.

On the day of its formal publication, RWG2NE seems to have a fair presence in the brawling world. It was almost mentioned during my appearance on BBC TV's The Daily Politics show and  a passsing outing in the Independent did actually feature the book. I remain most thrilled by a little gig, on tax and corporations, on BBC Radio 4's Sunday programme (16 September 2012) which ascribed me as the e-tome's author. I am booked for a November paper-round n BBC R4's Broadcasting House. The big question remains: will this book be reviewed widely and prominently as were "Scrap the BBC!" (2007) and Rich is Beautiful (2005); or will it have to do with very few mentions by the commentariat as did Mr Blair's Messiah Politics (2007) and Mr Cameron's Makeover Politics (2009)? Meanwhile, thrillingly, there are sales of the eBook over at Amazon.

A wonderful time to be on "The Right"

Posted by RDN under Politics & campaigns on 27 January 2009. No comments.

Capitalism in crisis. Economy in recession. Israel in the dock. A populist Democrat in the White House. What a wonderful time to love being on "The Right". And it is surprisingly confident, too. More »

What's wrong with liberals?

Posted by RDN under Politics & campaigns on 21 November 2008. No comments.

I don't like the soft-left, liberal, green agenda. Most of that's pretty easy to explain and justify. But the "liberal" thing is tricky. More »

Reasons to be Right

Posted by RDN under Politics & campaigns on 19 November 2008. No comments.

There are obvious reasons not to be on the right of the cultural and political debate. You won't be liked, for start, and people will think you are selfish or even fascist. Here are some reasons in favour. More »

The nastiness of the right

Posted by RDN under Politics & campaigns on 10 November 2008. No comments.

People flinch whenever one mentions "the right". It's true: right wing arguments are a hard sell. Here goes. More »

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