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25.06.2022

What if Boris had become PM in 2016?

Consider the counterfactual - a swifter but softer Brexit, public sector reform, Michael Gove as the CEO...

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13.06.2022

Can Boris pull it back?

Maybe - but he needs to understand the anger about our spending levels...

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27.05.2022

The Northern Ireland Protocol is SUPPOSED to hurt

It wasn't designed to keep British sausages out of Co Cavan, it was designed to punish us for Brexit...

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13.05.2022

Sinn Féin’s victory makes a united Ireland less likely

Plenty of Irish Catholics dislike the idea of being governed by a party connected to organised crime...

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29.04.2022

Britain is defined by the rule of law

To claim otherwise on the basis of disagreements over asylum or parties is trivial and insulting...

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14.04.2022

Why Poles have risen to the Ukrainian challenge

Few countries have suffered more at the hands of occupiers, and few better understand the value of sovereignty...

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01.04.2022

War is inherently collectivist

Our individual vices and virtues are dissolved into national blocs - more's the pity...

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18.03.2022

Is it racist to feel close to Ukraine?

We are bound to be more attached to familiar cultures - something that only the West is meant to feel guilty about...

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04.03.2022

We overestimated Putin

His unforced errors have undermined him, and a Kremlin coup is no longer unthinkable...

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22.02.2022

What does Russia want?

His chief aim is to keep his people in a state of scared, wounded patriotism. It's not victory he wants. It's permanent conflict...

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04.02.2022

Brexit has been squandered

Far from liberalising, the UK is adopting more regulations than it had to as an EU member...

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21.01.2022

Meritocracy raised the West, identity politics will sink it

China is much more ruthless about appointing the best talent, which is why it is overtaking us...

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07.01.2022

There is no point in taking back powers if we don’t use them

Brexit allows us to make different choices, but we seem determined to copy the EU from outside...

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26.12.2021

Who would have done a better job than Boris?

Obviously, Leftists and lockdowners loathe him. But why do libertarians?...

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09.12.2021

Everything white is racist

That, pretty much, is the view taken by Tate Britain - and the rest of us keep putting up with it...

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01.12.2021

In Peppa Pig World, no one would need to vote Conservative

Boris Johnson's critics are, as so often, wide of the mark...

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12.11.2021

We should want MPs to have second jobs

Ideally, being an MP would BE someone's second job...

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29.10.2021

There is no money left

The Conservatives are spending as if the past 18 months hadn't happened...

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15.10.2021

The Northern Ireland Protocol has revealed the utter smallness of our Europhiles

"Yeah, well you signed it!" Seriously, guys, is that all you've got? ...

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30.09.2021

Why Labour can’t win

Even its supposedly moderate and centrist figures can't help lapsing into self-righteous wokery...

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16.09.2021

Sir Lindsay Hoyle is right to insist on formal dress - more’s the pity

I hate wearing ties but, as a conservative, I see why they should be required...

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22.08.2021

David Gauke should be a Conservative

His return would indicate that the party has moved on definitively from the fevered rows of 2019...

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06.08.2021

Party donors should be thanked, not demonised

It is better for rich people to support causes bigger than themselves than to live lives of sybaritic indulgence...

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24.07.2021

Is there any point in unilateral decarbonisation?

Britain is well placed to develop clean energy technology, but there is no purpose in acting alone...

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10.07.2021

The EU’s assault on the City has failed

Now we need to deregulate in order to compete with the rest of the world...

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24.06.2021

Oriel should market itself as a “safe space” for conservatives

Is one non-Leftist Oxford college out of 39 really too much to ask?...

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12.06.2021

How to level up? Localism

We can't decree regional prosperity from the centre. We need to devolve power...

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28.05.2021

Don’t respond in kind to the authoritarian Left

We need to preserve basic liberal principles - free speech, free association, free contract...

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14.05.2021

Wallpaper for Boris, curtains for Keir

Labour is on its way out. So, sadly, is fiscal conservatism...

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30.04.2021

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...

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16.04.2021

The Eurosceptic whom even Eurocrats liked

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

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02.04.2021

Lockdowns have brought out the very worst in us

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

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19.03.2021

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...

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05.03.2021

Higher spending and regulation are here to stay

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

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19.02.2021

Trade sanctions don’t work

They hurt ordinary people and prop up autocrats...

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05.02.2021

Britain’s Pacific Pivot

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

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22.01.2021

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...

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07.01.2021

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...

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10.12.2020

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...

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25.11.2020

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...

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12.11.2020

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...

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29.10.2020

How much is all this costing?

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

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14.10.2020

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...

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30.09.2020

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...

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18.09.2020

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

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

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02.09.2020

Are tanks now redundant?

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

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19.08.2020

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...

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05.08.2020

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...

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23.07.2020

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...

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09.07.2020

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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25.06.2020

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...

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10.06.2020

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...

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14.05.2020

Coronavirus and the crisis of conservatism

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

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30.04.2020

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....

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16.04.2020

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....

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02.04.2020

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...

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18.03.2020

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....

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06.03.2020

Guilt by association - the first resort of the lazy commentator

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

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22.02.2020

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...

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27.11.2019

£1 million? £1 billion? £1 trillion? McDonnell is relying on you not knowing the difference.

Suppose I were to tell you that Labour’s promises would cost £50 billion....

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30.10.2019

Where would we now find another Norman Stone?

One good thing – only one – came out of Oliver Letwin’s wrecking amendment earlier this month...

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18.09.2019

Cameron maligns Brexiteers because he misunderstands them

Everyone agrees that David Cameron made a terrible blunder when he called the referendum....

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04.09.2019

How to keep our pledges to the EU nationals who live here

Amid all the angst and acrimony, let’s cling to one area of agreement. ...

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26.07.2019

For Brexit to work, power must be stripped from the quangocrats

When Donald Trump entered the White House, his then senior adviser, Steve Bannon, set out the administration’s three priorities....

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01.05.2019

May must stand down as Party leader before the European elections

Brace yourselves. We are in for what the Americans call a shellacking. ...

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17.04.2019

Brexit. Vote Conservative in the European elections to help us deliver it – and finish the job.

The latest two opinion polls show the Conservatives at 16 and 15 per cent in advance of the European elections...

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03.04.2019

We are shuffling towards a deal that is worse either than remaining or leaving

Theresa May’s call for national unity will go unanswered. ...

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20.03.2019

The EU’s anti-democratic culture. First it corrupted other countries. Now it is corrupting Britain.

Lewis crammed a lot of philosophy and theology into his adult stories...

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06.02.2019

Venezuela. Be warned. This is the regime that Corbyn still sees, even now, as his model.

to grasp the full extent of Venezuela’s tragedy, consider just one statistic...

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23.01.2019

What is driving this chaos? I’ll tell you. The EU is determined to punish us.

You want a one-sentence explanation for the chaos in our politics, the breakdown of our party system?...

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09.01.2019

That Brexit film works as drama. But it doesn’t as history. I should know. I was there.

Pundits keep averring that “Brexit: The Uncivil War”, the Channel 4 play shown earlier this week, was just a drama. ...

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12.12.2018

We still have time to switch course from disaster. Just. It’s up to Conservative MPs to act now.

Widen the shot to see what is going on. News developments are now battering us so fast that we can become punch-drunk....

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28.11.2018

I want to support May’s plan. But I can’t.

I have been watching the dégringolade of Brexit with – if such a thing is possible – even more agony than the rest of you....

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14.11.2018

May’s deal leaves us facing colonial rule from Brussels

It leaves us facing colonial rule from Brussels, of the sort imposed on Bosnia following the Yugoslav war....

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31.10.2018

If Momentum wants more war memorials, why won’t its members crowd-fund them?

Our Armed Forces at the end of the Great War looked more like the Britain of 2018 than the Britain of 1918. ...

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17.10.2018

The proposed Brexit terms represent a deal worse than either staying or leaving.

The problem is the backstop. Not the precise terms of the backstop, but the fact of having one at all. ...

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03.10.2018

Kavanaugh may be guilty. But justice demands that his confirmation should take place.

They’re both telling the truth. That’s the only conclusion I draw from the whole business. ...

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19.09.2018

We no longer need to imagine a free trade deal with the USA – we’ve written one

Global Britain took an important step forward yesterday. ...

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06.09.2018

It should be obvious, not controversial, to seek a deep friendship with our EU neighbours

It’s the tetchiness that’s so odd: the frenzied language, the talk of “catastrophe” and “betrayal”......

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22.08.2018

Identity politics. It becomes impossible to avoid giving offence, because…

To illustrate the pathology of our age, consider the following stories, all from the past fortnight....

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08.08.2018

Political clickbait is Fleet Street’s addiction, and the nation’s problem

Imagine the sense of disappointment at The Guardian...

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26.07.2018

Even the blockade of Qatar hasn’t produced the calamity that Remainers now predict from Brexit

As the journal Foreign Policy put it last month, “Qatar won the Saudi blockade”...

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07.06.2018

On the Elgin Marbles, as on everything else, Corbyn’s assumption is that Britain Is Always In The Wr

Few voters will be swayed one way or the other by the location of the Elgin Marbles....

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10.05.2018

For partisan advantage, Labour demands a worst-of-all-worlds Brexit

“Not working out the way you thought, Hannan, is it?”...

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26.04.2018

Like the Windrush children, EU nationals raised here have a moral right to UK citizenship

Although the Windrush scandal has sparked a debate about immigration, the people involved are not, in the main, immigrants. ...

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12.04.2018

Corbyn’s first instinct in a national crisis is to treat it as a way to attack the Tories.

There were plenty of patriotic Leftists in 1939, even among the intelligentsia. ...

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01.03.2018

Being good at governing is no guarantee of re-election – just ask Harper and Key

Spare a thought for Stephen Harper, arguably Canada’s most successful prime minister....

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15.02.2018

Johnson – a Tigger among Eeyores – is right to restate the positive, uplifting vision of Brexit

Shakespeare knew a thing or two about words. Words can inspire or quell. ...

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01.02.2018

When everyone and everything is called racist and sexist, no-one and nothing is

What was the first word that came into your mind when you read about the Presidents Club dinner at the Dorchester? ...

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23.11.2017

Leave.EU and Arron Banks – the Brexiteers that the Remain campaign loved

What do you suppose was the biggest problem faced by Brexit campaigners last year?...

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09.11.2017

Coercion may be working in Catalonia, but it won’t work here

The latest polls show a decline in support for separatist parties, as well as a decline in support for secession itself....

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26.10.2017

The tension over Catalonia is a wholly avoidable tragedy for Spain

“If you and I were to reach a deal, both of us would be betraying our ideals and our men”....

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