High Toryism Can Make Britain Great Again

mbga2992016… For me, as a strong Anglophile, the answer is clear: it is in the tradition of communitarian civic conservatism—High Toryism. In 1931 T. S. Eliot wrote in The Criterion, “The only hope [for Britain] is a Toryism which, though not necessarily distinct for parliamentary purposes, should refuse to identify itself philosophically with that ‘Conservatism’ which has been overrun first by deserters from Whiggism and later by businessmen.” … Continue reading

George Grant and Red Toryism

rts21015“… One is the question of how the word ‘Red Tory’ can be used. Now, some in England have tried to reappropriate it to refer to something like David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’, not so much big business or big government, but more the organic community driven control of technology. Now, Ron Dart, who is probably the leading scholar on Red Toryism in Canada, thinks that is an illegitimate use of ‘Red Toryism’. But, if it is a valid use of the term, perhaps it can be used to describe something like what Pope Francis has been calling for which is an economy governed not so much by big business or big corporations but by cooperatives.” Continue reading

Enoch Powell and the Sovereignty of Parliament

P89125Powell’s significance came not from what he achieved in Parliament or in Government but what he stood for and for what he taught … I think Powell altered, for better or worse, the nature of political discussion on four issues. They are: firstly, the role of the free market; secondly, immigration; thirdly, the European Union; and fourthly, the dangers of Scottish Devolution, which he said would lead to separation. I am sure you will all have noticed that these issues are at the very forefront at current political debate, particularly the last three: immigration, the European Union, and Scottish Independence. So, whether you agree or not with Enoch Powell’s views, it would be difficult to deny his contemporary relevance. Continue reading

To The Association Des Chefs D’enterprises Libres, Lyons

enochpowellSpeech on the subject of the European Economic Community, 12th February, 1971

Enoch Powell

It is a principle of British politics, and no doubt of the politics of other countries – it is certainly a principle to which I subscribe wholeheartedly – that one does not, when abroad, criticise the policies of one’s own Government nor attack one’s political opponents – or even one’s political friends! There are ample opportunities for doing so at home, and it is at home that one should seek to alter, if necessary, the external as well as internal policies of one’s country. However, there are exceptions which prove rules; and I believe that the subject on which I have undertaken to address you is such an exception. Continue reading