The lockdown has undone a decade of progress for poor children

We are running schools in the interests of the producers, not the consumers...

The Telegraph


GOP leaders know that Trump has lost - but they won’t say so out loud

The president's peevishness is harming the Republicans and undermining the Republic...

The Washington Examiner


More tax rises would kill any chance of a recovery

The way to balance the books is to spend less, not to tax more...

The Telegraph


Republican candidates outpolled Trump - yet they are too scared to act against him

The idea that Trump has a unique appeal to blue-collar voters is hard to reconcile with the results...

Conservative Home


Je me souviens des jours anciens et je pleure

How can anyone look at trees in November and not be pierced by the terrible beauty of mortality?...

The Telegraph


One thing distinguishes the United States from Latin America - the rule of law

Those who refuse to accept an election result because they resent the outcome are endangering American exceptionalism...

The Washington Examiner


We are heading for decades of debt and Big Government

The impact of the coronavirus crisis will last a generation...

The Telegraph


Official Britain grovelled before agitators representing just three per cent of the public

BLM is indulged for the same reason that most food is halal: asymmetry of conviction...

The Telegraph


Commentators are over-compensating, refusing the believe the signs that Biden will win

As with Britain in 2019, the polls may turn out to have been right all along...

The Washington Examiner


Why, given everything we now know, are we locking down again?

The only argument for a lockdown is that it buys time. But what are we buying time for?...

The Telegraph


Brexit is a colossal opportunity for our coastal communities

Iceland shows us how to treat fisheries as a valuable renewable resource...

The Telegraph


How much is all this costing?

It won't do any more to promise to defeat Covid "at any cost" - we need figures...

Conservative Home


The world that lies beyond the lockdowns will be an uglier and more authoritarian one

Power has shifted to the autocracies, and even in the West liberalism is in retreat...

The Washington Examiner


I feel it in my bones: public enthusiasm for the lockdowns is about to turn

Labour has picked the worst possible moment to jump on the lockdown bandwagon...

The Telegraph


My native Peru had the world’s toughest lockdown, but still ended up with the worst fatality rate

We need to accept that government intervention does not make much difference either way...

The Telegraph


It’s Kang versus Kodos, a knave or a fool, a fantasist Falstaff against a senescent Lear

Whoever wins the 2020 presidential election, America is heading in a darker direction...

The Washington Examiner


The EU is treating Britain like a renegade province

There is no good faith from Brussels, and Britain should not accept the Withdrawal Agreement without a trade deal...

The Telegraph


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