The modern politician must learn about psychology, and how evolution moulds our minds

Because our irrational tendencies have a genetic basis, they are predictable. ...

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There’s far more agreement on the terms of Brexit than the pundits suggest

Here are some aspects of Brexit that, as far as I can tell, have the agreement of everyone in Cabinet....

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Farewell to Edward du Cann, the courtly Eurosceptic who helped propel Thatcher to power

Throughout his years as Conservative leader, Edward Heath detested two of his MPs above all others....

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Prejudice against fat people is a snobbery of the Left

Let me have men about me that are fat; sleek-headed men and such as sleep o’ nights....

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Twelve principles to unite Remainers and Leavers

t is in everyone’s interest to replace our EU membership with a strong and friendly relationship....

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Uganda shows the power of the free market in action

The best arguments for the free market are practical rather than theoretical....

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Sooner or later, you run out of spending other people’s money.And it’s young people who foot the bil

One of the worst features of minority governments is that they’re inescapably extravagant. ...

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Corbyn is the ultimate selfish gene, content to kill off Labour for his own benefit

The eclipse of the Labour Party by must now be reckoned more likely than not....

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The hip hop musical that revitalises a star of the American Revolution

I can’t get the Hamilton soundtrack out of my head. It was my 11-year-old who started it: obsessed with the hip hop musical....

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Spicer didn’t deny the Holocaust – but the Twitter mob simply doesn’t care

Does anyone actually believe that Sean Spicer, Donald Trump’s press spokesman, is a Holocaust denier? ...

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Brussels, not May, is being inflexible

I keep being told by half-clever pundits that Theresa May was never a Remainer in her heart. ...

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A Singapore-style economy isn’t a threat, it’s a growth strategy

Let’s start with some basic statistics. In 1950, the United Kingdom was roughly twice as rich as Singapore: our per capita GDP w...

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The left-wing dominance of public culture is unintentionally good for conservatives

I had one of those glorious, time-stopping experiences over the weekend, listening to Simon Russell Beale reciting Prospero’s “Y...

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May’s Brexit vision is Churchill’s vision of Britain and Europe

Regular readers will know that this is a Helvetophile column. I love pretty much everything about Switzerland: its courteous peo...

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Our electoral system is less secure than that of most banana republics

“Electoral fraud that would disgrace a banana republic,” was how the presiding judge described the postal vote abuse in Birmingh...

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We will get a good deal – because rational self-interest will overcome the Eurocrats’ fury

Is the European Union prepared to self-harm in order to make Brexit difficult? Might it truly be more interested in deterring st...

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Populists flourish after financial crises – but they get found out in the end

It started with the credit crunch. Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Geert Wilders, Marine Le Pen, Jeremy Corbyn, Syriza, Podemos, t...

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The parallels between Brexit and Trumpery have been absurdly overdone

“I didn’t predict Trump’s victory, but now let now me explain to you exactly why it happened.” Political pundits are like mediae...

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The beautiful melancholy of an English autumn

Do you remember the end of The Last Battle, the culmination of C.S. Lewis’s Narnia series? The children enter a sort of Platonic...

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May isn’t a Christian Democrat, she’s a proper conservative

“Our economy should work for everyone,” said Theresa May in Birmingham last week. “But if your pay has stagnated for several...

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My one worry about Brexit – if we mess things up, we could harm relations with Ireland

I’m forever being asked whether I have any regrets or worries about Brexit. Regrets? None: Britain is on the way to becoming...

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Most Remainers are not Remoaners – we must work with the sensible, reasonable majority

If you’re a Conservative, speaking at an academic conference is always going to be an away match. If you’re also a Leave...

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Repeat after me. Single market membership and single market access are not the same thing

So, demand the pundits, which is it to be? Are we going to control our borders, or are we going to stay in the EU’s single...

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All the wonders of human civilisation can be found in a chicken sandwich

Last year, a chap decided to make himself a chicken sandwich. Nothing unusual there, you might think; but this chap decided to...

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As a card-carrying Conservative, I’m alarmed by Labour’s collapse

This might startle some ConservativeHome readers, but here goes. Britain has been lucky in the temper of its main left-wing...

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I’m glad the Turkish coup was defeated – but the country’s future now hangs in the balance

The Internet has revolutionised everything – including revolutions. We all know what a coup d’état is meant to look like: tanks...

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Instead of sulking, Remainers should accept the result and work for a better future

“Lies! Lies! It was all based on lies!” If you’re reading this article, you evidently have access to the Internet. So you must...

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Today’s vote​ is the culmination of my adult life; but it’s not as big a deal as you might think

When I was 19, I swore what the old storybooks call “a terrible oath” to restore Britain’s independence. It was late 1990, and...

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The status quo isn’t on offer in this referendum. The choice is more integration – or Leave

In North Antrim, voting Leave goes pretty much without saying. I spent part of the weekend campaigning in those green and...

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Cheer up, Conservatives! There is no “Tory civil war” over the EU

Journalists have a cliché for every occasion, and the referendum has summoned forth several old favourites: “blue-on-blue”,...

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Trump’s supporters suspect that snobbish elites disdain the people. And they have a point

I happened to be in the United States when Donald Trump first moved ahead in the opinion polls, lecturing at a meeting of...

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Here’s what happens when Britain votes to Leave

We are unused to referendums in this country, so we tend to think in terms of general elections. Behind much of the coverage of...

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The referendum campaign has begun – and Leave has the positive message

The EU referendum campaign begins officially today, with the Leave and Remain sides getting official designation and the...

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How Britain lost Ireland

Irish citizens tend not to commemorate the formal moment of their independence, and who can blame them? The Government of...

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Trump’s rise is harming the Republican Party, America and democracy itself

Shall I tell you the most depressing thing? It’s not that the party of Lincoln and Reagan will be fronted by a self-absorbed,...

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Why do so many on the Left have a blind spot when it comes to anti-Semitism?

People seem oddly shocked. Anti-Semitism at Oxford University’s Labour Club? The Labour Club? Aren’t Leftists meant to be...

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If the UK were not already a member of the European Union, would we vote to join it?

If the United Kingdom were not already a member of the European Union, would we vote to join it? It’s never easy to answer...

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People expected a climb-down, but the renegotiation delivered an abject surrender

No one expected it to be so negligible. Observers were ready for a climb-down, not an abject surrender. Several Conservative...

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Cameron’s strategy for winning the EU referendum – use the word ‘security’ as much as possible

Why now? What prompted David Cameron, apropos nothing in particular, to talk tough about Muslim extremism and deporting people...

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Has the rise of Trump proved me wrong on open primaries?

It must now be reckoned more likely than not that Donald Trump will win the Republican nomination, and so put Hillary Clinton...

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