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Jesse Norman
Hereford
Conservative writer and campaigner. MP for Hereford & South Herefordshire
Interests: Hereford Bulls
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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
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Jesse writes to The Editor. Download Letters Page Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2018 at Jesse Norman
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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
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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