Letter from the Editor
I welcome you warmly to The 1828 Journal. After having been appointed Editor for the coming year, my first words must be of tribute to my predecessor Max Glynn. In his tenure as Editor he has seen the journal go from strength to strength, primarily by encouraging the free and open discussion of Conservative; ideas, principles, and policies. It is upon this foundation that I wish to pursue my vision as Editor.
I am firmly of the view that the importance of ideas in politics is crucial to its success. This is because without the creativity, innovation, and passion with which the development of new ideas are associated, politics loses its vitality. I believe that we have at the moment, in British Politics, lost our love for ideas and that consequently political discourse has suffered for it. In its place we find the politics of manoeuvre and a parallel rise of isolated political identities. To put it frankly, politics has become old fashioned and stale in a world that demands its change and innovation. The 1828 Journal must, therefore, stand at the vanguard of Conservative politics and provide the crucible for ideas which challenges the old and champions the new.
It is in this spirit that I want to express unequivocally that diversity of opinion within The 1828 Journal will be my priority as Editor and that, therefore, I welcome all submissions. The 1828 Journal is in a unique and privileged position as being associated but unattached to the Conservative Party, and is therefore not limited to narrow political concerns. It is able, instead, to promote and encourage a wide variety of views from across the spectrum of Conservative politics. From One Nation Toryism to Thatcherism. I therefore wish to emphasise once again that all submissions are welcome.
Finally, I want to say what an immense privilege and honour it is to be appointed to this august position. I look forward to your submissions and hope that, as custodian of this journal and with a fantastic team behind me, The 1828 Journal will achieve its full potential as the crucible of original, free, and quality debate, discussion and journalism.