Lockdowners have cried wolf once too often

Finally, after nearly two years, public opinion is swinging back toward freedom...

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Boris! Say no to the lockdown nostalgics!

Six reasons why the PM should ignore the clamour for more restrictions...

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How servile we are - moaning about the flouting of rules rather than about their imposition

We used to pride ourselves on being a free country, but it seems we no longer care...

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It’s not sleaze that is sinking the Tories - it’s profligacy

Sleaze is always a symptom of a government's unpopularity, never a cause...

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We have become a cowed, irrational, authoritarian people

Never mind treating Covid like flu - we are going to start treating flu like Covid...

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Let’s have a really powerful external regulator for MPs - we can call it “the electorate”

Formal monitoring has replaced a culture of conscience with a culture of compliance...

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Britain cannot give into French blackmail

Will the EU uphold its own rules, or will it, like an unreformed trade union, take a "my member right or wrong" approach?...

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Eurocrats scorn all forms of sovereignty - except their own

The primacy of European law is what turns the EU from an international association into a superstate...

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The UK is where Ireland was in 1921 - though saying so drives a certain kind of republican bonkers

Ireland had signed a treaty under duress, and set about dismantling it...

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Should classical liberals abandon the Conservative Party?

Margaret Thatcher was a liberal mahout on a conservative elephant. Libertarians are always the minority...

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Price fixing has never worked

Excessive regulations drive up prices; the solution is not to regulate even more...

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The case for an Anglosphere free trade area

The world depends, more than we like to admit, on the readiness of the English-speaking peoples to deploy proportionate force...

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France has long since stopped behaving like an ally

Emmanuel Macron's reaction to the Aukus deal has vindicated the decision of the Anglosphere leaders...

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The ethical case for tax cuts

Conservatives have abandoned the moral high ground in pursuit of popularity - and then lost popularity, too...

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Hannan’s First Law: No party is Eurosceptic in office

Michel Barnier is the latest politician to sing a very different tune on the campaign trail...

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Shakespeare wasn’t blind to age, race or gender

Bizarre casting interposes the producer's ego between us and the action, ensuring we all get an obstructed view...

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We’re all going to get Covid. The remaining restrictions are obsolete

The vaccines prevent serious illness, not transmission. There is no longer an externality ...

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Higher taxes AND higher prices will put the Tories out of office

If the government needs more revenue, it should try boosting competitiveness...

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A Britain obsessed with the evils of colonialism finds it harder to do the right thing

Prestige is as hard a commodity in Afghanistan as cobalt or cardamom - and Britain's has just vanished...

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Why do ministers pretend not to understand the Laffer Curve?

Cutting tax rates raises revenues - as Conservatives well understand...

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This is starting to look like a pushover government

Grade inflation, monetary inflation, spending rises - all driven by the demand for short-term popularity...

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The USSR fell apart 30 years ago - the happiest geopolitical event of my lifetime

The odd thing is that the chief agent in the dissolution of the Soviet Union was the Russian state...

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On every continent, democracy is in retreat

Covid has accelerated the trend to despotism that began in the middle of the last decade...

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I won’t judge you if you wear a mask - please do me the same courtesy

The last thing we needed was another sodding culture war...

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If the Conservatives become a high tax party, they are finished

When did the Tories forget that higher rates can lead to lower revenues?...

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The epidemic revealed the flaws in the NHS, but we are determined not to look at them

The severity of our lockdown was determined by the unusual fragility of our healthcare system...

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With or without the EU’s consent, the Northern Ireland Protocol is finished

It can go through agreement, through Article 16 or through unilateral denunciation - but it's going...

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The case for vaccine passports has crumbled

If vaccines work, passports are no longer needed, and if they don't then passports were pointless all along...

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We are heading for massive inflation

I lived through it in Peru, and I have a horrible sense that the same thing could happen here...

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We get the politicians we deserve

We don't want Sir Toby as PM, we want Malvolio - and we'll get him...

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The Animal Sentience Bill is a textbook example of bad law

Disproportionate, unneeded and open to misinterpretation, it is certain to have unintended consequences...

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We don’t just accept authoritarianism - we demand it

Twenty-six per cent want nightclubs permanently closed - virus or no virus - and 19 per cent want a curfew...

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Decarbonisation is going to be bloody expensive

It may be necessary, but let's not insult people's intelligence by pretending it will drive growth...

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China’s return to totalitarianism caught the world off guard

Forget the talk of a peaceful rise - China is run by old men in a hurry...

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Reopen now - in one big bang

The sole justification for the closures - pressure on the NHS - no longer applies...

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It falls to Britain to guard the world’s sea-lanes

Though much is taken, much abides. We are still the world's second naval power...

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Scrap the Northern Ireland Protocol

EU intransigence means that reform is not an option - only full abrogation will work...

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Marxism never went away - it just went woke

The new variant is every bit as intolerant and vicious as the old...

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We MUST reopen on schedule

Until we do, large parts of the public sector will continue to work to rule...

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Covid is the political equivalent of a brutal war

It changes our psychology and makes us more receptive to authoritarianism...

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Switzerland has chosen democracy over Europe

The EU is incompatible with the unique system of dispersed power and referendums, and th Swiss know it...

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The NFU is failing British farmers

Wanting tariff-free imports from every EU state but not from anyone else is absurd, and farmers know it...

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The way to withstand cancel culture is to show a little patience

How very British that the imported American row over the Rhodes statue should have been ended by planning regulations...

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The writing is on the wall for Labour

Thou art weighed in the balances and art found wanting...

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Brexit risks being derailed by agricultural protectionism

If the DEFRA Blob scuppers a trade deal even with a country as friendly as Australia, we might as well give up on Global Britain...

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Never mind Bitcoin - it’s time for Britcoin

The launch of an e-pound will eliminate transaction costs, boost the economy and provide a rival model to China's...

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We can’t keep pretending that Europe is our ally

We protect Estonia's land border and Romania's airspace, but the EU treats us as a renegade province...

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So far ahead with vaccination, so far behind with unlocking

The freedom to congregate is our birthright, not a privilege to be earned through good behaviour...

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Unionism needs to move with the times

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

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International tax harmonisation is coming

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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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The epidemic has made Labour irrelevant

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

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Keep the hereditary peers!

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

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The Union flag stands for liberty under the law

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

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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...

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Woke only works with an audience

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

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The smell of decay is on the SNP

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

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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...

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

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

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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Brexit has weakened the Western alliance

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

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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...

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We need lockdown dissenters more than ever

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

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The Northern Ireland Protocol has had it

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

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Open. The. Schools.

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

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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...

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Overseas travel may never return

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

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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...

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Will every dangerous virus now trigger demands for a lockdown?

The early signs are not encouraging...

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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...

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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...

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Don’t excuse insurrection

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

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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 ...

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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...

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Brexit as it might have been

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

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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".'...

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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...

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When even Eton goes woke, the war is over

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

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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...

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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...

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The lockdown has undone a decade of progress for poor children

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

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More tax rises would kill any chance of a recovery

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

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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?...

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We are heading for decades of debt and Big Government

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

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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...

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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?...

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Brexit is a colossal opportunity for our coastal communities

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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Beardless men will soon be in the minority - again

The periods when men were clean-shaven are brief interglacials between long hirsute ice ages...

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Medical advisory committees are prone to absurd pessimism and risk-aversion

Their members' personal incentives push them towards excessive caution...

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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...

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