Unionism needs to move with the times

Arlene Foster's toppling by her party's fundamentalist wing is bad news for the UK...

The Telegraph


The epidemic is over in Britain, so why are we not reopening?

On every measure things have gone better than expected, but public opinion remains hostile to any easing...

Conservative Home


International tax harmonisation is coming

The US, the EU and the OECD all want to harmonise corporation tax, creating a cartel...

The Telegraph


Communism is back - thanks to Covid

Peru is set to become the first country to elect a Marxist with a majority in peacetime. But it won't be the last...

The Washington Examiner


The civil service will emerge more powerful from all this - despite its failings

Officials, not ministers, are mainly at fault, but voters never like to hear that...

The Telegraph


Diversity training makes things worse

It isn't just useless - it actually implants new biases and grievances...

The Washington Examiner


Why Scottish nationalism, unlike other nationalisms, gets a pass on the Left

Victimhood is seen as the supreme virtue - but, if anything, it was Scotland that made the Union...

The Telegraph


The Eurosceptic whom even Eurocrats liked

Jens-Peter Bonde, who has just died, established a truly pan-European anti-federalist movement...

Conservative Home


It’s official - ethnic minorities flourish in Britain

Race professionals are struggling to keep up their claim that things are getting worse...

The Washington Examiner


The EU has become a kind of Gormenghast - protocol-obsessed, archaic, feeble

The opéra bouffe row about who sat in which chair illuminates the prickliness of a declining institution...



We should be generous to the petulant and ungrateful EU

There are both selfish and altruistic reasons to share our vaccine surpluses - though we'll get no thanks...

The Telegraph


Cancel culture only ever applies in one direction

Michel Foucault will remain a woke icon, despite revelations that he abused young Arab boys...

The Washington Examiner


The epidemic has made Labour irrelevant

How could Keir Starmer argue for even higher spending and borrowing?...

The Telegraph


Lockdowns have brought out the very worst in us

We are turning into a nation of mean-minded, intolerant, authoritarian, servile snitches...

Conservative Home


Keep the hereditary peers!

At least until you keep the original bargain and move to an elected upper house ...

The Telegraph


Why do some deaths matter more than others? Because of the lockdowns

Cooped up off school and off work, we seize on tragic events and try to build them into something bigger...

The Washington Examiner


The Union flag stands for liberty under the law

If you don't like it, the problem is yours, not the flag's...

The Telegraph


Brussels goes full Chávez

Expropriating stock, seizing factories, breaking laws - and all to cover its own mistakes...

The Washington Examiner


It is hard to treat the EU as an ally when it so obviously resents our success

The EU regards the fact of our vaccine performance as a provocation...

The Telegraph


Laws must be general, equal and certain

There is a terrifying readiness to argue that sanctions shouldn't apply to people we happen to like...

Conservative Home


The EU descends to playground politics

"Give me your vaccine! Gimme gimme gimme! Yeah, well I didn't want your stupid vaccine anyway!"...

Daily Mail


Woke only works with an audience

Labour peers are refreshingly uninterested in identity politics - because no one is watching...

The Telegraph


Victimhood trumps everything - decency, consistency, honesty, the lot

Claim to belong to an oppressed group and no one will want to challenge your version of events...

The Washington Examiner


The smell of decay is on the SNP

Unionists should leave that party to decompose and concentrate on promoting the British brand...

The Telegraph


We can’t tax, spend or print our way out of this mess

The only route back to prosperity is growth - and that means tax cuts and deregulation...

The Telegraph


And then they came for Dr Seuss

He might have had impeccable liberal credentials, but our woke inquisitors don't care about things like that...

The Washington Examiner


Seventy-five years on, we need the Anglosphere more than anyone likes to admit

Winston Churchill's Fulton speech was truer than contemporaries knew...

The Telegraph


Higher spending and regulation are here to stay

The epidemic has made big spenders of us all...

Conservative Home


Let’s drop the pretence - Facebook is a publisher, not a platform

The tech giants have an agenda, just as much as RT, the Morning Star or the BBC...

The Telegraph


The woke have met their match in Shakespeare

Attempts to find racism in the corpus diminishes those seeking it, not the corpus...

The Washington Examiner


We are far ahead of Europe on vaccines, so why are we so far behind on reopening?

Once we have vaccinated the vulnerable, we should end the restrictions...

The Telegraph


A UK-India free trade agreement will make the world richer, safer and freer

India's self-definition as an Anglophone parliamentary democracy is the central geopolitical fact of our era ...

The Telegraph


Minimum wages hurt the poor

A better way to raise living standards for the least well off is to cut taxes on employment and investment, and so create jobs...

The Washington Examiner


The City could enjoy a golden age - but only if it cuts loose from EU regulation

By denying Britain the equivalence rights it gives to Mexico and China, Brussels forces the City to diverge...

The Telegraph


Trade sanctions don’t work

They hurt ordinary people and prop up autocrats...

Conservative Home


Brexit has weakened the Western alliance

The UK is looking increasingly to the Anglosphere, the EU to Eurasia...

The Telegraph


Nationalists without being patriots

Western democracies are losing ground to authoritarianism - globally and domestically...

The Washington Examiner


If we want to return to growth, we need to reverse the Covid spending increases and controls

Restrictions brought in on a supposedly contingent basis are proving hard to lift...

The Telegraph


We need lockdown dissenters more than ever

The Twittering of debate makes even scientists reluctant to challenge the consensus...

The Telegraph


The more time we spend online, the angrier and more extreme we become

On Brexit, Trump and the lockdowns, I have gone from being extreme to being wet without altering my views...

The Washington Examiner


The Northern Ireland Protocol has had it

It should never have been agreed, and now the EU itself has backhandedly killed it...

The Telegraph


Britain’s Pacific Pivot

Joining the CPTPP will strengthen the Anglosphere and boost jobs and growth...

Conservative Home


Open. The. Schools.

Closing primary schools, in particular, inflicts vast educational cost for minimal epidemiological gain...

The Telegraph


Maybe Americans will finally understand what Brexit was really about

It is the EU, not Britain, that is the populist, protectionist rogue state...

The Washington Examiner


Europhiles are finally seeing the EU for the inept, protectionist, self-serving racket it is

Like Western Communists after the 1968 Prague Spring, many Remainers have had their eyes opened...

The Telegraph


Britain is already trading more freely than it was in the EU

Everyone said it was impossible, but the UK has signed 63 FTAs, with more on the way...



Overseas travel may never return

Roger Scruton would have welcomed a world in which we spend more time at home...

The Telegraph


Does the label “genocide” make anything better?

We should be wary of collectivising people in death, as in life...

The Washington Examiner


The EU is a sovereign state in every meaningful sense, and we should treat it as such

The EU has hit the roof at suggestions that its ambassador might be traced as the representative of an international association...

The Telegraph


Free association is an absolute right, not conditional on identity politics

A club can insist you wear a tie, a gym can refuse to admit men, a platform can refuse to host people whose opinions it dislikes...

Conservative Home


Will every dangerous virus now trigger demands for a lockdown?

The early signs are not encouraging...

The Telegraph


The solution to America’s culture war is radical decentralisation

The two tribes are now so far apart, and so geographically clustered, that there is no way of bridging the gap...

The Washington Examiner


The trashing of the British brand puts the Union in jeopardy

Unionists can't just keep saying no. It is time for a new constitutional settlement...

The Telegraph


Why are the teaching unions so determined to stop teaching?

First they insisted that all teaching be moved online, now they are campaigning against that, too...

The Telegraph


The republic will survive Trump - but will the Republicans?

The GOP must break cleanly with the man who came late and malevolently to the party...

The Washington Examiner


Don’t excuse insurrection

For four years, Trump's supporters have given him a pass - something the Chief Executive should never get...

The Telegraph


We need to grow our way out of this mess - here’s a list of EU laws to scrap

Britain has been uniquely badly hit by the lockdowns, and economic recovery must now be the sole aim of public policy...

Conservative Home


The coronavirus may be what finally kills capitalism

It has been endlessly predicted since Karl Marx's time, but the end is truly now on the cards...

The New Criterion


We can now expect good relations with the EU - maybe, at last, the culture war can end

Given the hand he was dealt, Boris played a blinder ...

The Telegraph


Both sides are sounding off furiously about a deal that neither has seen

As usual, people are starting with their preferred conclusions and then casting around for rationalisations...

Daily Mail


The woke will stop at nothing in pursuit of their demented cultural revolution

Julie Burchill, a provocatrice hired to write a provocative book, has it cancelled - fore being too provocative ...

The Washington Examiner


There is now more man-made stuff in the world than there are animals - but don’t let it bother you

There's evidence that we have passed the peak, because capitalism encourages minimisation...

The Telegraph


If there were a way to make wealth taxes work, some country would have found it by now

You can only confiscate present wealth, not future wealth - and future wealth won't be created if it's subject to confiscation...

The Washington Examiner


Brexit as it might have been

Boris Johnson becomes PM in 2016, Britain joins EFTA and a culture war is avoided...

The Telegraph


The EU’s attitude to Britain is that of an empire toward a renegade province

The EU is offering deliberately hostile terms in order to make a point - even at cost to itself...

Conservative Home


The day is coming when we will wonder how anyone could eat an animal

Clean meat will free up vast tracts of land and reduce carbon emissions...

The Washington Examiner


Valéry Giscard d’Estaing embodied the de-haut-en-bas arrogance of the EU elites

'Si extraordinairement distingué, quand je lui dis "bonjour" je me fais toujours l'effect de lui dire "merde".'...

The Telegraph


The lockdown has divided us into two unreasonable and hostile tribes

As with Brexit, I find that I have migrated across the spectrum without changing my opinions...

The Telegraph


When even Eton goes woke, the war is over

Reason, tolerance, moderation, courtesy - we are leaving them all behind...

The Telegraph


Why the United States should join the CPTPP

Pulling out of the Pacific trade deal opened the door to Chinese hegemony...

The Washington Examiner


How odd that the rebellion should begin just as the lockdown is finally being lifted

We are hitting what marathon runners call "the wall": the end is in sight, but our muscle energy has run out...

The Telegraph


Vaccinate staff, keep kids in class, hold exams on time

It is almost literally unbelievable that we might repeat this year's exams fiasco in 2021...

Conservative Home


Irish America clings to quarrels now largely forgotten in Ireland itself

The tragic circumstances of the migration made the US different from other diaspora communities...

The Washington Examiner


Devolution will be a disaster until Scotland gets meaningful fiscal autonomy

In an age which elevates victimhood over liberty, the British brand is bound to lose its appeal...

The Telegraph


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