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]

Who speaks for England?

6th December 2017 10

Listening to an LBC phone in on immigration earlier this evening, one caller went too far. It wasn’t that he argued that there was too much immigration or that uncontrolled immigration causes problems, a sentiment which is voiced commonly enough, but that he claimed that whole areas of East Anglia had ceased to be *******. Naturally, the host of the … [Read on]

Brexit; Not a penny more

15th November 2017 1

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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