The world looks complicated, our politics looks small

by Stephen Tall on August 28, 2014

Here’s my latest The Other Side column for ConservativeHome, published here on Tuesday. Apologies in advance: it’s mostly a depressing read (unusually – I’m generally an optimist). My thanks as ever to the site’s editors, Paul Goodman and Mark Wallace, (…)

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++ Coup for Ukip as Tory MP Carswell defects, triggers by-election in Clacton

by Stephen Tall on August 28, 2014

Douglas Carswell, elected in 2010 as Conservative MP for Clacton, has today announced he’s joining Ukip and will fight a by-election under his new party’s banner. In one sense, the news isn’t a surprise. Carswell is a member of the Tory awkward squad, its sixth most rebellious backbencher according to, having defied the party […]