Putin: Russia’s Capo di tutti Capi

7th April 2018 16

When I first read that Putin was worth £20 billion, I thought it must be a misprint. Admittedly, £20 million would be on the low side for a Russian dictator, and so £200 million or even £2 billion (property is expensive these days) would seem fitting. But the shameless greed and depravity that would enable someone, by sheer virtue of … [Read on]

Trump: The Equaliser

4th April 2018 9

President Trump’s proposed tariffs have attracted almost universal criticism, both in Europe and America, from commentators of all political persuasions and from economists. The spectre of protectionism, the retreat behind tariff walls, and the demise of international free trade looms large and threatens the prosperity of all countries, America included and perhaps America most of all. Such is the stupidity, … [Read on]

Corbyn’s Jewish Problem

29th March 2018 4

Why is anyone surprised that Corbyn’s Labour party is riddled with anti-Semitism? Nobody could have levelled the accusation against the Labour party of old, whose overriding aim was the betterment of the living conditions of the working class – an honourable and worthy endeavour, in which Jews played a prominent part. But for the neo-Marxist anti-capitalist social justice warriors of … [Read on]

Asset stripping ‘The Few’

28th March 2018 7

As the battle for control of GKN, Britain’s largest and oldest engineering firm, whose products have ranged from cannonballs to Spitfires, reaches a climax (shareholders will vote on Thursday), Business Secretary Greg Clark has finally spoken. The government has been silent on the matter ever since Melrose, the corporate raider cum asset stripper, launched a £7 billion bid for GKN … [Read on]

Mrs May’s thin green Line

4th March 2018 5

There was a telling outbreak of mass hysteria among the audience of this week’s Any Questions. Asked whether a ‘hard border’ (checkpoints, physical barriers, peaked-capped officials) in Ireland could be avoided in the absence of a customs union, Fraser Nelson, editor of The Spectator, answered that it could, provided there was sufficient goodwill between the two negotiating sides. But when … [Read on]

Oxfam – The self righteous exposed

22nd February 2018 6

The Oxfam debacle has cruelly exposed modern egalitarian liberalism – and the self-righteous band of professional humanitarians, social justice warriors and human rights activists that espouse it – for what it really is. From a conservative perspective, the only surprise is that anyone should be surprised at the ugly reality behind the mask. I have long found Oxfam shops horribly … [Read on]

The Origins of the English

26th January 2018 7

The English of 1927 were more than 90 per cent the descendants of the English of AD 927. The story of the English people used to be straightforward. In the fifth and sixth centuries, following the departure of the Roman legions, successive waves of Angles, Saxons and Jutes crossed the North Sea to settle in Britain. I remember drawing three … [Read on]

Brexit; WTO rules Ok?

7th December 2017 4

Poor Michel Barnier is getting a very bad press in Britain. The EU’s chief negotiator is variously depicted as an intransigent bully intent on delivering a punishment beating, a Gallic popinjay, and the sort of person who never loses an opportunity to admire his reflection in the mirror. But this is all most unfair. The charming Monsieur Barnier is, in … [Read on]

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