As a lockdown sceptic, I now know how it must have felt to be a Remainer

Everyone you know agrees with you, you're convinced the facts are on your side, but the polls show you're in the minority...

The Telegraph


The police have taken it upon themselves to snuff out free speech

Investigating Darren Grimes isn't just a waste of money, it's an assault on liberty...

Conservative Home


Sweden has demolished the case for the lockdown

Low population density? Economic hit? Higher death rate than Finland? All utterly irrelevant...

The Washington Examiner


Labour would leave Britain with the most restrictive trade policy outside North Korea

Under the pretence of defending food standards, they would make any trade deals, even with the EU, impossible...

The Telegraph


A war out of a comic novel

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has a Gilbert and Sullivan quality...

The Washington Examiner


Beardless men will soon be in the minority - again

The periods when men were clean-shaven are brief interglacials between long hirsute ice ages...

The Telegraph


Charles Moore would make the perfect BBC Chairman

Clever, witty, independent, broad-minded, humane, well-read, courteous - he is the best ally the Corporation could have...

Conservative Home


Hume, Voltaire, Kant, Darwin - identity politics is turning on the men who made the Enlightenment

An irrationalist creed is now openly attacking logic and science as white male baggage...

The Washington Examiner


Medical advisory committees are prone to absurd pessimism and risk-aversion

Their members' personal incentives push them towards excessive caution...

The Telegraph


Joe Biden’s ignorance about Northern Ireland jeopardises the Atlantic Alliance

The Democrat, who has long flirted with extreme republicanism, is threatening the UK over a complete non-issue...

The Washington Examiner


Looking at the data from different countries, there is no evidence that lockdowns are effective

If I asked you to match the countries to the infection and fatality graphs, you wouldn't;t be able to say which had closed down...

The Telegraph


Boris is right to act to secure the Union - and voters know it

The Internal Market Bill is moderate, proportionate and necessary...

Conservative Home


Sweden’s strategy is working - which suggests that the rest of us ruined ourselves needlessly

The Swedish counter-example means lockdown enthusiasts can't claim that things would otherwise have been worse...

The Washington Examiner


No trade deal, no deal

It's time to withdraw from the Withdrawal Agreement...

The Telegraph


This is far more dangerous than “political correctness gone mad”

We are returning to pre-Enlightenment thinking, where tribe and identity trump science and reason...



The Rhodes statue will be brought down by a woke committee, in defiance of public opinion

Thus does the Left continue its long march through the institutions...

The Telegraph


If the presidential election is close, the losers won’t accept the result

Civil wars happen, not when people disagree about what should be done, but when they disagree about who has the right to do it...

The Washington Examiner


Tax rises now would choke off any chance of a recovery

On the contrary, we need to cut taxes - especially on employment and investment...

The Telegraph


Britain won’t concede the principle that it is sovereign over its maritime resources

If the EU refuses to do a deal, it is European skippers who will suffer...

Daily Mail


Are tanks now redundant?

What about aircraft carriers? The deployment of hypersonic missiles turns a lot of our assumptions on their head...

Conservative Home


We are outliers in our reluctance to go back to work

British voters demanded the toughest possible lockdown, and now face the economic price...

The Telegraph


Canada’s new Conservative leader speaks to and for the common sense majority

Erin O'Toole wants to lead Canada back to the heart of the Western alliance...

The Washington Examiner


William Shakespeare was all things to all men - and all women

(See also the second column on the excellent news that Tony Abbott is joining Britain's Board of Trade)...

The Telegraph


Americans no longer care about the rule of law

What is howled down as an abuse from the other side is cheered from your own - an attitude incompatible with liberal democracy...

The Washington Examiner


Britain’s administrative machine has broken down irreparably

Ofqual, PHE, the immigration service, the police - the crisis has exposed the utter uselessness of our quangos...

The Telegraph


Precisely 100 years ago, a ragtag army of Polish volunteers saved Europe from tyranny

We in the West barely remember the Polish-Soviet war, but it was a damned near run thing...

The Telegraph


We demand that politicians “let the professionals get on” - then blame them when quangos screw up

Ofqual, PHE, the NHS - all are free from political control. But they are never blamed for their own failings...

Conservative Home


Victimhood does not confer virtue

John Hume was no better, morally, than his Unionist opponents; but he happened to represent the side seen as the underdog...

The Washington Examiner


Sweden is in the happy position of not needing to worry about a second wave

Even now, few commentators seem to grasp that flattening the curve doesn't affect the size of the area under the curve...

Conservative Home


Failing to reopen schools is unforgivable

No one has suffered more from these closures than the young people who are least at risk from the disease...

The Telegraph


No country is perfect, but the notion that slavery was a peculiarly American vice is ridiculous

When people say they want to study American history "warts and all", they often want to look only at the warts...

The Washington Examiner


Republicans finally glimpse a post-Trump future

It took the crazy proposal to postpone polling day, but big-R Republicans are at last standing by small-r republican principles...

The Telegraph


Twitter has infected older media with its angry, aggressive, infuriating tone

Social media give us what we secretly want: opinion presented as news, moralising assertions, confirmation bias...

The Washington Examiner


We have lost the most influential philanthropist of them all

Stuart Wheeler was a flinty patriot, an expert gambler, a generous host and a loyal friend...

The Telegraph


Let British jihadis come back here - and then try them for treason

We should allow UK nationals to return, but that should be the last journey they make...

The Telegraph


Why are we so reluctant to come out of lockdown?

The lifting of restrictions has had a surprisingly slight impact - for reasons that owe more to psychology than epidemiology...

Conservative Home


We have inverted the old liberal ideal - skin colour should matter no more than hair colour

The NYT's logic is that two American babies born on the same day arrive with pre-existing grievances against each other...

The Washington Examiner


Britain can avoid depending on China by leading the world in hydrogen technology

Hydrogen is the philosopher's stone of energy - the way to transmute water into fuel...

The Telegraph


Too many people are going to university

The jobs vacancies are for qualified electrical engineers, not philosophy graduates...

The Telegraph


The silent majority is always bigger than you think

Voters hate disorder more than anything else. The BLM unrest might just have put Trump back in the game...

The Washington Examiner


Workers’ rights mean little when there are fewer and fewer workers

Governments can't create jobs. Their task is to remove obstacles so that firms can expand and hire people...

The Telegraph


We can’t spend our way out of this mess

Any jobs "created" by government spending must always, by definition, come at the expense of jobs elsewhere...

Conservative Home


Hong Kongers are the Huguenots of our age, and China’s loss will be Britain’s gain

Let the people of that entrepôt build a new city here, a Hong Kong 2.0 to enrich the UK...

The Telegraph


After years of building its strength, China has chosen this moment to strike

Snuffing out Hong Kong's freedoms is a clear breach of China's international commitments and a challenge to the world ...

The Washington Examiner


Our woke quangos are failing the nation

Nannying and politically correct in normal times, our administrative state us useless in a crisis...

The Telegraph


A nation without history is like a person without memory

Statue-smashing isn't about slavery or race. it's about who wields power today...

The Telegraph


Why do the few conservatives who criticise Donald Trump attract such vitriol?

Could it be that they are the GOP's bad conscience, a reminder of what used to be mainstream conservative values?...

The Washington Examiner


Shall I tell you the worst thing? The lockdown will come to be remembered with nostalgia.

People will miss - or think they miss - the sense of community that comes from a shared misfortune...

The Telegraph


The police now elevate anti-racism over private property, public order and impartial justice

Politicians, broadcasters, conservationists and epidemiologists excuse BLM lawbreaking, but the police are the most flagrant...

Conservative Home


Global Britain needs to think like a maritime, not a continental, country

We are defined by our island statue, but in precisely the opposite way usually meant by Europhiles...

The Telegraph


Big Tech plus Big Government equals an unholy corporatist racket

Have you ever wondered why tech companies spend a fortune on hiring ex-pols like Nick Clegg?...

The Washington Examiner


Oriel’s governing body folded before an ignorant mob

Why should anyone give to an institution that displays such ingratitude to its donors?...

Daily Mail


Slavery and plunder cannot make a nation rich - only free exchange can do that

Slavery persists to today in the poorest places on Earth, and that is no coincidence....

The Telegraph


What a panicky people we have become

We have lost all notion of calculated risks, opportunity costs, least bad options. We absurdly demand total security....

The Telegraph


What have London statues to do with Minneapolis police?

The assumption that people in different countries are defined primarily by skin colour is a curious one...

The Washington Examiner


Taking down Cecil Rhodes’s statue would be cowardly and anti-intellectual

The diamond magnate campaigned against the disenfranchisement of Africans and specified that his scholarships be colour-blind...

The Telegraph


This is no longer anti-racism, it is a form of collective psychosis

Violating the lockdown, smashing up someone else's stuff, attacking the police - all are excused by supposed anti-racism...

Conservative Home


It was bound to end in violence

No one disputes that George Floyd's death was atrocious, so the only way to stand out is to be angrier than anyone else...

The Washington Examiner


If China won’t tolerate a free Hong Kong, let’s build one in Britain

Let's create a charter city to replicate the miracle that took place at the mouth of the Pearl River...

The Telegraph


The irrational lockdown contagion

Why did so many countries impose mass quarantines? For the same reason that people in Columbus Ohio started running in 1913....

The Washington Examiner


Eurocrats would rather hurt all sides than let Brexit succeed

Brussels is trapped in the negotiating position it evolved when it was still trying to overturn Britain's referendum...

The Telegraph


Trump’s supporters expected something a little more authoritarian

The President's uncharacteristically laissez-faire approach may end up being right, but it is costing him support....

The Washington Examiner


A plan to end the worst recession we have ever known.

Cut stamp dust, capital gains tax, employers' and employees' NI and drop our trade barriers....

The Telegraph


What if it has all been for nothing?

The idea that we may have needlessly destroyed lives and livelihoods is almost too awful to contemplate....

The Washington Examiner


Private schools should reopen right away

Children are highly unlikely either to have or to transmit the symptoms, so there is no need to wait until June....

The Telegraph


Coronavirus and the crisis of conservatism

We are going through an authoritarian spasm that leaves little space for thoughtful Burkeianism...

Conservative Home


Time for a British-American Free Trade Agreement

At a time like this, we need to pull every lever we can....

The Washington Examiner


The virus has put the European project into intensive care

The EU might survive, but only in the sense that the late Holy Roman Empire did - as a title, a shell, a memory....

The Telegraph


Seven trends the virus will accelerate and three it will halt

Bigger government, stronger China, harder borders, more debt, less freedom....

The Washington Examiner


Irrational fears, rather than cold science, are prolonging the closures

Diseases bring out our Stone Age heuristics: avoid strangers, hoard food, keep your children close...

The Telegraph


The only thing that matters coming out of the crisis is getting back to growth

We need to pull every available lever - starting with trade deals....

Conservative Home


There is so far little correlation between the strictness of a lockdown and the infection rate

Human psychology rather than epidemiology is behind the crackdowns ...

The Washington Examiner


Sweden’s success is starting to infuriate the lockdown enthusiasts

They won't be able to claim afterwards that things would have been even worse without their closures....

The Telegraph


Extending the Brexit transition would be the worst of all possible responses

Some Remainers have become like Jacobites, clinging to their cause long after it has ceased to be a practical possibility....

The Telegraph


The virus has made us more authoritarian - and there is no reason to think we’ll change back

Our politics will change malignly and permanently. Big Government is back....

The Washington Examiner


The epidemic should have brought people together - so why hasn’t it?

Anger and abuse is directed at those who want to relax the shutdown, not at those who want to extend it....

Conservative Home


We should begin a phased loosening of the lockdown - starting with shops and schools

The purpose of the closures was simply to buy time, not to stop all infections....

The Telegraph


A lot of non-religious people are suddenly praying

You'd think a virus would undermine belief in a benign Maker, but the effect seems to be the opposite....

The Washington Examiner


We will look back with false nostalgia on these wretched times

We'll remember the quiet skies and the family meals, not the poverty and the privation....

The Washington Examiner


The uselessness of our quangos is becoming lethal

Surely everyone can now see why we need to get on top of the administrative state....

The Telegraph


We are inflicting an epochal depression on ourselves

There comes a point when the damage caused by the shutdown is greater than that caused by the virus itself...

Conservative Home


Might the isolation measures eventually cause as many fatalities as the virus?

It's the grim calculation that no one likes to talk about....

The Washington Examiner


This isn’t about money versus lives, it’s about lives versus lives

Every day that these restrictions remain in place is lethal, and a balance needs to be found...

The Telegraph


We are all socialists now

The real test is how quickly we can lift these unprecedented restrictions on our freedom...

The Washington Examiner


Panic? Troops on standby? Empty shelves? London has never seemed so far away.

In these parts, the chief emotion is not fear of infection, but concern about the economic impact of the crackdown...

The Telegraph


We will emerge from the crisis with WW2 levels of debt - and WW2 levels of state intervention

In a crisis, we revert to type - and not always in a good way....

Conservative Home


There is no case for restricting international travel

Our hunter-gatherer genomes make us fear strangers, but the virus is already global...

The Washington Examiner


Retreating from globalisation is the worst possible response to the coronavirus

Banning flights, closing borders, demanding self-sufficiency - all are aimed at our irrational inner caveman...

The Telegraph


We are wired to dislike free markets

What newspapers call "price gouging" is in fact a logical response to panic buying....

The Telegraph


British and American politics often move in lockstep - and that should alarm us

Don't assume that Bernie would be Corbyn 2019 rather than Corbyn 2017...

The Washington Examiner


England’s northern towns stand to gain the most from free trade - now as always

From the Anti-Corn Law League to the present, free trade was primarily about lower prices for working people...

The Telegraph


Guilt by association - the first resort of the lazy commentator

The notion of moral contamination is an extension of what anthropologists call "sympathetic magic"....

Conservative Home


Is India in the Anglosphere?

India could be the West's most powerful ally, but only if it continues to liberalise....

The Washington Examiner


There’s a reason that the movement of population in the Americas is almost all one way

It's the United States, not Latin America, that is the outlier: it has, unusually, elevated production over predation....

The Washington Examiner


If these are the EU’s terms, we should save everyone time and walk away now

No self-respecting nation can accept terms offered in a calculatedly vindictive spirit...

The Telegraph


No, you’re not going to die from the coronavirus

All the political and media incentives are to exaggerate what is in fact a tiny risk...

Conservative Home


Getting the votes doesn’t make you a democrat

Imagine a Sinn Féin politician muttering to a parliamentary opponent "We know where your daughter goes to school"....

The Washington Examiner


Where is the outrage when a party with a private army wins the Irish election?

Brussels sanctioned Austria over the Freedom Party. Washington sanctioned Palestine over Hamas. Why is Ireland different?...

The Telegraph


75 years ago, we lost the war - or, at least, we let Stalin win it

We inflicted two generations of misery on hundreds of millions of Europeans ...

The Washington Examiner


Everything has felt a bit better since 31 January

Even Remainers - at least, off Twitter - have been affected by the optimism...

The Telegraph