By Matthew Barrett
Graeme beat a very strong short-list:
- Cath Elliott of Too Much To Say For Myself
- Daniel Hannan MEP
- Duncan McLaren of Visiting Mabel
- Heresiarch of Heresy Corner
- Molly Bennett of Mid-Wife Crisis
- BBC Newsnight's Paul Mason
I'm sure all readers will join me in congratulating Graeme for this hugely deserved award!
8.30am on 18th May | Tim Montgomerie writes:
Over the years of editing ConservativeHome I'm proud of many things we have done. I'm proud we've given members a voice and a place to come together. I think of ConHome as the party conference that never stops. I'm proud of our campaigning for members' rights in the leadership election and other internal party selections. I'm proud of the way we've argued for a broader and more compassionate conservatism. I'm particularly proud that we've been able to encourage new talent. Putting former Deputy Editor Sam Coates on the map, for example, and now, in Matthew Barrett I think we've found another star of the future. It's also been a great privilege to give a platform to writers who otherwise might never have found an audience for their insight and eloquence. Graeme Archer has contributed many dazzling pieces over the years to ConservativeHome. He has made me laugh out loud. His writings have changed my mind about things. His writings have always been characterised by compassion. He has a great gift for relating his own experience of life with his political worldview. Thank you Graeme for all you've contributed to ConHome. You and writers like Andrew Lilico and Peter Cuthbertson have made this site what it is. I am delighted that your brilliance has been recognised.
And this is how it began, in May 2008...
"There is a beautifully camp scene in an old 1960s episode of Doctor Who, where Patrick Troughton, locked in a cave full of cybermen, is confronted with the treachery of two human logicians, who have deliberately sabotaged their comrades' spaceship in order to give them time to build an alliance with the ice-cold creatures of steel. Why on earth do you believe the cybermen will form an alliance with you? asks the Doctor, in bemused horror. Because we're logicians, and because such an alliance makes sense, they reply: everything yields to logic, doc-torrrr.
I was quite powerfully moved by that scene as a child, and it probably had more to do with my ultimate choice of career as a statistician as anything else. Secretly, shamefully, I rather empathised with the logical humans. It's taken many years of therapy (aka "life") for me to discover that love is somewhat more important than critical thinking. However, I do retain a sincere belief that evidence, measured numerically, can tell us something real about the hidden motivations of politicians. Please don't quote Disraeli at me: even he wasn't right about everything." [MORE...]