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Jesse Norman
Hereford
Conservative writer and campaigner. MP for Hereford & South Herefordshire
Interests: Hereford Bulls
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Adam Smith’s free-market economic theories may be more than two centuries old, but we still have much to learn from him, Jesse Norman MP tells Alec Marsh Download Spears_Magazine_Price_of_Freedom Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at Jesse Norman
“In a world of uncertainty, extremism and misunderstanding we need Adam Smith,” argues Jesse Norman at the end of his compelling, original and well-judged exploration of the great thinker’s life and ideas. He does not add — but would surely not object to someone suggesting — that we need more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2018 at Jesse Norman
Adam Smith notoriously believed that the state should make way for the “invisible hand” (his best-known phrase), which is guided by self-interest, the best and ultimate incentive. The 18th-century thinker is thus a fine scapegoat for inequality, greed, boom-and-bust economics and other woes. As Jesse Norman explains in his masterly... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2018 at Jesse Norman
The two words, Adam Smith, contain a strange power. Many years ago, I found myself in an African country having what the official communiqués joyfully describe as "a frank discussion" (a monumental row) with a very bright young official from the World Bank who had recently acquired religion. The religious... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2018 at Jesse Norman
Jesse Norman is one of only three or four genuine intellectuals on the Tory benches in the House of Commons. It must vex him, as it does most of us with A-levels, to witness the distressingly ignorant, chaotic and unprincipled way in which the government, run by the party of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2018 at Jesse Norman
No one is more widely quoted by people who have not read his work. Even those who have never visited a library, far less opened a copy of The Wealth of Nations, know that Adam Smith extolled the public benefit of individual selfishness and the necessity of maximally free markets,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2018 at Jesse Norman
When he was three years old, the story goes, Adam Smith was kidnapped by a band of gypsies near Strathendry. His piteous screams were heard by a passing traveller, who alerted the townsmen. A mounted posse was despatched and – happily for the cause of freedom – the boy was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2018 at Jesse Norman
Jesse Norman is an unusual MP. The Conservative member for Hereford and South Herefordshire was alone in the Commons for not declaring, ahead of the 2016 referendum, if he was for Leave or Remain — on the charmingly punctilious grounds that he could best represent all his constituents if he... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2018 at Jesse Norman
“The consent on which modern commercial society relies, consent given freely by people who believe it will enable them to prosper, is starting to break down. The so-called developed countries do not have answers to globalisation, because they have not thought beyond the boundaries of ideology and self-interest. We have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2018 at Jesse Norman
The British politician and philosopher Jesse Norman has written that rarest of things, a wise book accessible to the general reader. Clever and well-written books abound. But most are unwise. And most wise books are difficult to get beyond page three. Not this one. If you want to understand Adam... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2018 at Jesse Norman
Capitalism in flames, populism and nationalism on the march across Europe, a US president bent on demolishing free trade, a British shadow chancellor calling openly for the overthrow of capitalism itself . . . the 21st century is not going to script. The market system from which global prosperity has emerged over two centuries... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2018 at Jesse Norman
At 304 pages and 18 months in the making by 22 commissioners — including the Archbishop of Canterbury — the new Prosperity and Justice report by the UK’s Institute for Public Policy Research is clearly intended to be a heavyweight piece of work. And it is. For one thing, it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2018 at Jesse Norman
In recent weeks, the U.S. and China have announced tens of billions of dollars of import tariffs on goods including steel and aluminum, washing machines and bicycles, coal and diesel. With at least $200 billion of further tariffs in prospect on the U.S. side alone, the possibility of the world’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2018 at Jesse Norman
Jesse Norman MP, the intellectual behind compassionate Conservatism and writer of a new book on Adam Smith, tells Bryan Appleyard the father of economics can help the party rediscover its soul. So, Jesse Norman, MP and former next leader of the Tory party, you’ve never said where you stand on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2018 at Jesse Norman
More than two centuries after his death, Adam Smith is inescapable. His face adorns the £20 note; his ideas adorn politicians’ speeches. A think tank – the Adam Smith Institute – bears his name. But fame has bred imprecision. The Scottish economist is typically hailed – or reviled – as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2018 at Jesse Norman
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UK Conservative Party MP Jesse Norman explores how we might rediscover the moral basis of a commercial society. He argues that conservatism is concerned about preserving what is of value, and that this approach can be applied to many different social and political problems. Click here for more Click here... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2018 at Jesse Norman
MP Jesse Norman paid a visit to Ashfield Park Primary School on Friday, February 2nd, to give a short, interactive talk on democracy. Jesse explained that to become a Member of Parliament you have to be elected by people who are able to vote, over the age of 18. Jesse... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Jesse Norman
“Whatever happened to the Big Society?” Having written a book on the subject a few years ago, I am sometimes asked that question. It reminds me of that moment in Sunset Boulevard when the journalist says to Norma Desmond (the magnificent Gloria Swanson) “You used to be in silent pictures.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Jesse Norman
‘We have it in our power to begin the world over again.’ Ronald Reagan made this most unconservative of lines a leitmotif of his 1980 presidential campaign, knowing its radicalism would highlight his energy, personal optimism and desire for change. As it duly did. The astonishing power over words of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Jesse Norman
By Laura Laker and Peter Walker for The Guardian Jesse Norman, the transport minister whose brief includes cycling, has only been in the job for six months but has already prompted controversy by insisting that cyclists follow the Highway Code, something criticised here on the Bike Blog. In his office... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at Jesse Norman
By Liz Bates for The House Magazine For a politician whose brief includes road maintenance, Jesse Norman is a man with a surprisingly vivid imagination. The transport minister was one of the only senior political figures not to declare his Brexit position during the referendum campaign and, judging by his... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at Jesse Norman
Political upheaval, a heavy burden of national debt, huge pressure on public spending, a major international rupture, religious conflict, bubbling popular unrest... The 1760s and 1770s were a tumultuous time in British history. These decades began in triumph with the conclusion of the Seven Years War in which Britain defeated... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Jesse Norman
Speech at the Social Market Foundation entitled “The EU Court of Justice and the EU Charter: an independent view.” A copy of the speech can be downloaded here. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Jesse Norman
Ladies and Gentlemen, this week we have been celebrating Shakespeare in Parliament. It has been a strange experience to see his musicality and breadth of moral vision juxtaposed with the narrow foolishness and dreary ranting of so much current political debate. Shakespeare, almost more than anything, is a poet of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Jesse Norman
To mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, we asked several MPs to recite key speeches from his plays. In the first of the series, Jesse Norman MP reads Prospero from The Tempest Act IV Scene I. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Jesse Norman