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Jesse Norman
Conservative writer and campaigner. MP for Hereford & South Herefordshire
Interests: Hereford Bulls
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I much enjoyed Stephen Sedley's thoughtful review of my novel The Winding Stair. Sedley suggests that Francis Bacon's handwritten memorandum "Reasons for the Remove of Coke" was not intended for King James I, since it lacks a formal address. But this hardly decides the matter: a separate note of address... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2023 at Jesse Norman
The King sits fretful upon his throne, while all around him his courtiers jostle for attention and advancement. He insists on his own unfettered power, yet the judges would entrap him in the meshes of the common law. Any resemblance between the politics of the early 17th century and of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2023 at Jesse Norman
Proceeds from the book will go to fund student bursaries and other support for students at NMITE, the new university project in Herefordshire. The Winding Stair “An engrossing and compelling blend of political thriller and pitch-perfect historical novel” STEPHEN FRY | Buy from Amazon Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2023 at Jesse Norman
MPs have a standard approach to political biographies, which falls into three phases: first, preliminary gossip about what will or won’t (always a lot more interesting) be in it; second, mildly salacious enjoyment of the usually tepid leaks and excerpts in the press beforehand; and, once the book comes out,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2023 at Jesse Norman
Who’s got all the good ideas in politics these days? Lara Spirit and Matt d’Ancona are joined by Jesse Norman MP, author of biographies of Edmund Burke and Adam Smith. Click here to listen Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2022 at Jesse Norman
Dear Boris As you know, I have supported you throughout your career in politics: for Mayor of London in 2007- 8 and 2012, and for Leader in 2016 and 2019. As Prime Minister, you have been dealt a very difficult hand with Covid and Ukraine, and you deserve great credit... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2022 at Jesse Norman
At a time when political debate is dominated by public concern over pollution and other threats to the environment, few things are more important than the protection of our rivers and the ecosystems, livelihoods and businesses they support. That is the argument I will be making today, in a debate... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2022 at Jesse Norman
In many ways, UK higher education has been a great success over the past two decades. But our public debate remains trapped in a sterile tussle about whether more university students is a good or bad idea. We need to move on and ask more fundamental questions about the deeper... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2022 at Jesse Norman
Phoebe Arslanagic-Wakefield and Joseph Silke speak with the Financial Secretary to the Treasury about COVID-19 and what it means to be a conservative in modern Britain. Who are the people who have most influenced your political philosophy? I’d have to choose Michael Oakeshott, Edmund Burke and Adam Smith, since I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2020 at Jesse Norman
James Kirkup, published 30th December 2019 “Without realising it the free-market West, most notably the US and the UK, has sleepwalked into a species of financial crony capitalism that has disguised economic reality, shielded underperformance, cosseted poor management and leached away value.” In 2011, a junior Conservative MP published a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2020 at Jesse Norman
A striking thing about this Conservative leadership election is just how unconservative it is. In days gone by one might have expected the candidates to extol the importance of fiscal rectitude, keeping taxes low, deregulation and public spending restraint. But there has been very little of this. The fact becomes... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2019 at Jesse Norman
How should the next Conservative leader and PM deal with Brexit? Only by facing the facts and then acting with energy and decisiveness. First, we need to acknowledge the mistakes of the past few years. It was a mistake to agree a short Brexit timetable without a clear understanding of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2019 at Jesse Norman
In recent days I’ve been asked a lot if I would stand for Leader of the Conservative Party. It’s already a crowded field, and my reply has been that the views of my constituents, party members and colleagues should shape that decision, and I will carefully consult among them. As... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2019 at Jesse Norman
How did Smith’s insights into moral sentiments and governance transform the modern world? Do they offer answers to the deepest political challenges of the twenty-first century? Jesse Norman MP sits down with Mark Pennington to discuss his new book on the Governance Podcast. KCL: Centre for the Study of Governance... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2019 at Jesse Norman
One of the most striking things about Brexit has been that so far it has been debated, however rancorously, through the medium of normal politics. Yes, the EU referendum in 2016 was unusual, but it was hardly a constitutional innovation. Tempers have run high, there have been all kinds of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at Jesse Norman
Happy New Year! I hope 2019 brings all readers of this website great joy and happiness. For me, 2018 was a year in which I tried to make an extended argument for a different kind of economics, or rather, political economy, in the UK, USA and elsewhere. My book on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at Jesse Norman
Jesse writes to The Editor. Download Letters Page Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2018 at Jesse Norman
Jesse Norman, the former philosophy teacher tipped as a future Tory leader, tells Mark McLaughlin how austerity is compassionate, tuition fees are progressive and why the robots are our friends. Download Holyrood Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2018 at Jesse Norman
Sir On 9th February 1825 The Times printed an open letter from the poet Thomas Campbell to Henry Brougham MP, calling for a new university, the first in England outside Oxford and Cambridge, to be established in London. The result was University College London: the first university to admit students... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at Jesse Norman
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