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


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...

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