David Green

David Green is the director of Civitas.

What the race report reveals about Boris’s brand of conservatism

The recent report of the commission on race and ethnic disparities has given the clearest indication yet of the guiding philosophy animating the Conservatives under Boris Johnson. It is rooted in the traditional commitment of conservatives to national unity. The calculative political positioning of the Cameron and May regimes seems to be long gone. Since

Parliament must return to defend our liberties

MPs seem to have lost interest in defending our liberties. On 25 March Parliament went into recess a week early when our fundamental freedoms are under threat, our economy is being shredded, and our most independent-minded individuals, such as the self-employed and entrepreneurs, are being required to plead for state aid or bank loans. Above

Why the West should stop investing in China

The Prime Minister has called for an international coalition of free countries to oppose the growing influence of China’s authoritarian dictatorship. But it needs to be a lot bolder. The wheels of international diplomacy turn slowly and the government should make full and immediate use of the powers it already has. Three decisive steps are

Liz Truss’s war on identity politics doesn’t go far enough

The concept of equality has been redefined, at least according to the minister responsible in a speech last week. But on closer inspection, the government has still not unshackled itself from all the entrenched assumptions of the more collectivist understanding of fairness. Liz Truss’s speech marked a break from identity politics, with its pernicious division

Don’t be fooled by China’s ‘carbon neutral’ pledge

China’s commitment to become ‘carbon neutral’ by 2060 has excited environmentalists but it should be seen as part of China’s strategy to become the world’s economic and military hegemon. Carbon neutrality by a date as remote as 2060 will not constrain the ambitions of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the slightest. It is time

Identity politics and the erosion of liberalism

A new kind of politics has taken root, righteous intimidation. Occasional outbursts of violent outrage are not new, but today righteous intimidation has become the deliberate first choice of many campaigners. Climate campaigners shut down newspapers by blockading printworkers while race campaigners deface and tear down statues. Twitter mobs try to get people sacked, silenced, or arrested for

How the UK can avoid a command economy

Is the Chancellor’s latest round of economic measures just another instalment of Keynesian emergency funding, necessary only until the crisis has passed? Or is the Government on the road to a command economy? Policy-makers are currently being pulled in two contradictory directions by these questions, as the Government’s response to the crisis is impaired by

What should we make of the ethnic ‘pay gap’?

If one group earns more and enjoys better workplace success than another, does that mean the less successful group is being discriminated against? There might be individual examples of discrimination but I’m not convinced this is proof of institutional discrimination. Take career success: the underlying assumption is that a given ethnic group will have all

Greene King and Lloyd’s are wrong to pay slave trade reparations

Brewers Greene King is to make a ‘substantial investment to benefit the BAME community’ to make up for the compensation paid to its founder after slavery was abolished in the British Empire in 1833. Lloyds of London has made a similar announcement. The underlying assumption is that everyone classified today as black, Asian or minority

It’s time to talk about life after lockdown

The government is reluctant to start talking about life after the lockdown for fear of diluting its social distancing message, but just as post-war planning started during world war two, long before the fighting was over, we too should start planning for the post-coronavirus world. The Beveridge report on our social insurance system came out

Boris’s terrorism crackdown is a mistake

Boris Johnson has responded to the Streatham attack by vowing to crackdown on convicted terrorists, introducing retrospective legislation to end the automatic early release of such prisoners at the halfway stage. But this is the wrong approach. Instead, the fault lies within a dysfunctional and ineffective probation service that attaches insufficient weight to protecting the

How Boris can help the north ‘take back control’

Now that the Tories have replaced Labour as the party of the workers, are we heading towards a one-nation economy? And if so, are the days of ‘rolling back the frontiers of the state’ completely over? It’s not yet clear that the Conservatives have fully come to terms with the enormity of the transformation in

Corbyn’s class war is the last thing Britain needs

Jeremy Corbyn’s election launch was a declaration of class war. He was ‘going after’ some named individuals who he portrayed as tax dodgers, bad bosses, dodgy landlords and big polluters. He may not have realised how much he sounded like the party leader in Orwell’s 1984, denouncing ‘enemies of the state’, and singling out ‘Emmanuel

Six ways to reform the market economy

There is a big temptation to see the coming general election as a contest between advocates of a Corbynite command economy and liberal champions of the market. The trouble with that narrative is that there are many forms of a market economy, and even ardent capitalists see that there are fundamental flaws in the prevailing

Two flaws in the Supreme Court’s verdict

Now that more experts have had time to study the ruling, the legal validity of the Supreme Court decision on the prorogation of Parliament is unravelling with every passing day. The court cited two cases to justify its involvement in political decisions: the Case of Proclamations (1611) and Entick v Carrington (1765).  The Case of

Is the Supreme Court increasing its own power?

Proceedings in the Supreme Court are typically being reported as if judges are making an impartial assessment of the constitution. It would be more true to say that they are asking whether or not to give themselves more power. Perhaps they will uphold the established constitution, or perhaps they will concoct sophisticated legal-soundings reasons for

Why Boris Johnson should pack the House of Lords

What should the next steps be in the battle between Parliament and the people? First, Boris should appoint about 500 peers who are committed to leaving the EU. The House of Lords is dominated by Remainers and the appointment of additional peers should ensure that representation of Leavers and Remainers in the Lords is the

Sajid Javid needs to start thinking like an entrepreneur

Chancellor Sajid Javid’s approach to the spending review is in danger of stopping the Boris-inspired Tory revival in its tracks. The Chancellor needs to think more like an entrepreneur and less like he’s a newly-wed on a tight income. He intends to stick to the current spending rule that the annual deficit should not exceed