Contributors include his father Stanley, Andrew Gimson, Michael Howard, Tim Montgomerie and Charles Moore. Tim Montgomerie ends the programme by saying that Britain may look back on the London Olympics for many years to come with great pride and Boris Johnson will be the politician most associated with them.
Regular readers of ConHome will know that I made a conservative case for gay marriage some time ago and I repeated that case in much briefer form in the video for the Out4Marriage campaign, pasted below.
A few observations about how the campaign is progressing:
I'm fully aware that the issue is causing huge problems for many of our core voters. Tory MPs say it is the number one issue in their postbag and letters are dominated by those who wish to preserve the status quo. I'm also aware that most voters (by 51% to 35%) support extending the benefits of marriage to gay people.
It is right that the issue is a free vote. Gay marriage raises important issues of freedom of religion and no MP should be dragooned into the government lobbies to support an issue that offends their conscience. It is disappointing that Nick Clegg should be so illiberal in insisting all Government MPs vote for the reform.
Third it is a shame that the Government isn't simultaneously pursuing the pro-marriage agenda that was promised by David Cameron when he first advocated equal marriage in his 2006 party conference speech. He promised to bring the British tax system into line with nearly every other developed country in the world and introduce a recognition of marriage. If the introduction of gay marriage was happening in the context of a transferable tax allowance for married couples - that would be more pro-poor than raising the income tax threshold - we might have less opposition from Christians and social conservatives. This is an issue we can't blame on the Liberal Democrats because there is provision in the Coalition Agreement for Lib Dem MPs to abstain on the measure and for it to pass with the votes of Tory MPs.
Speaking on the BBC's local elections night programme Tim Montgomerie said the Conservative Party needed to broaden its message so that it had more appeal to blue collar voters in the North and Midlands.
Last Thursday Peter Oborne attacked ConservativeHome in his Telegraph column. On Friday's Newsnight I had an opportunity to respond. As well as pointing out Peter's own inconsistencies I argued that ConHome advocated a broad conservatism and that we worked hard to represent many Tory voices. Peter was much more conciliatory in his interview than he was in his column.
PS Spot my 'deliberate mistake'...*
* I said we have a panel of nine-and-a-half Tory members. I missed the quite important word, "thousand"!
Paul Goodman appears in this Sunday Politics report on Lords reform, warning that Lib Dems might withdraw support from the boundaries review if they don't get an elected Lords. Tories need to understand, says Ming Campbell, that belief in an elected Lords is in the Lib Dems' DNA.
After the above package the Lib Dem peer Lord Oakeshott debated reform with Tory backbencher Philip Davies. Davies told Oakeshott that he'd treat Lib Dem claims to believe in democracy more seriously if they weren't so pro-EU. Oakeshott said the Conservatives wouldn't get boundary reform if Lib Dems didn't get an elected Lords...
Andrew Neil: Would you vote against Lords reform?
Philip Davies MP: Absolutely, I certainly will be.
Lord Oakeshott: Okay well in that case you’ll be fighting the next election on the old boundaries.
It was a sparky exchange...
And as for Lord Oakeshott's claim that an elected Lords was in the Tory manifesto - that is disputed.
Tim Montgomerie of ConservativeHome published an editorial last Friday calling for the NHS Bill to be neutralised. Posted below are interviews he gave to BBC2, Sky News and ITN. There was also this for the Today programme.