- Alexander Lee
Alexander Christopher Lee (born 1981) is a British historian and political theorist. He was educated at the
King’s School, Worcester, Trinity College, Cambridge, and the University of Edinburgh. He currently teaches at the Università degli studi di Bergamo, in northern Italy.
Lee is carrying out research at
Edinburgh Universityon the Renaissancehumanist and poet, Francesco Petrarca(Petrarch). Focusing on Petrarch's conception of virtue, Lee is interested in exploring the relationship between Augustinianism and Stoicism in his various prose works.
Relations with the Conservative Party
Lee was a member of the Conservative Party for several years. He received a standing ovation for a speech on
proportional representationat the party's 1997 conference, and numerous television appearances followed in which he strongly defended Conservative policies. His speech at the 1998 conference, in which he called forcefully for significant defence cuts, was less well received (with Simon Hoggart speculating in the " The Guardian" that he was "taken away to be shot") [ [http://www.guardian.co.uk/tory99/Story/0,,202293,00.html Revolution of the loft insulators | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited ] ] , but his commitment to the party platform was otherwise firm.
As the party began to redefine itself from the leadership of
Iain Duncan Smithonwards, however, he found himself at an increasing distance from many in the party. Coming to believe that Conservatism lacked the intellectual structures to deal effectively with major social issues, he came to identify most closely with moderate forms of communitarianismand, having been invited to make a short film with the BBC, was briefly expelled from the party in 2003, but was reinstated shortly afterwards.
He is highly critical of the Conservative Party's current leadership and its commitment to economic
"The End of Politics"
Lee was the co-author with
Timothy Stanleyof " The End of Politics: Triangulation, Realignment and the Battle for the Centre Ground". The book argues that Tony Blair’s leadership of the Labour Party heralded an era of triangulation in modern British politics. As parties competed for the centre ground so they began to erode their traditional values and demographic support. This has created fractures in patterns of political support and encouraged previously loyal Labour or Conservative voters to identify with minority parties and pressure group politics. Stanley and Lee argue for a politics based upon communityand recognition of inter-dependence. The book is the first part of an ongoing exposition upon the philosophy of Communitarianism.
Lee was received into the
Roman Catholic Churchat Easterin 2007.
Alexander Lee and Timothy Stanley, "The End of Politics: Triangulation, Realignment and the Battle for the Centre Ground", (London: Politico's, July 2006), pp.179+xviii, ISBN 1842751743
Alexander Lee and Timothy Stanley, 'Rebuilding Labour's Majority,' (Compass Thinkpiece #17), http://www.compassonline.org.uk/publications/thinkpieces/item.asp?d=203
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