Our least bad option now is to push for total Russian defeat

Anything short of a Ukrainian victory is a Russian victory - which would be disastrous for the international order...

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2022 was the year that killed my rational optimism

It wasn't so much the lockdowns as the demand for the lockdowns that convinced me that illiberalism is coming...

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Christmas thoughts on deporting illegal immigrants

It's easy to list the flaws in the Rwanda scheme; it's harder to come up with an alternative...

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Britain has lurched to the Left since the last Labour government

The banking crisis, social media, woke and the lockdowns have all moved the centre of gravity...

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Gordon Brown prescribes more of the medicine that sickened the patient

Britain does need more devolution - but the way to get there is not through more quangos and salaried politicians...

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Anti-Britishness is on the rise - especially in Britain

Climate reparations, repatriation of museum artefacts, statue-smashing, separatism - all have the same root cause...

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Brexit is slipping away

We missed our chance to join EFTA, and now we have no option but to diverge...

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The preposterous myth of libertarian Britain

Taxes and spending are higher then ever, and free-market think tanks have never been weaker...

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This can’t go on

Whoever wins, the case for an early election will become irresistible ...

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Better to go down fighting

If Conservative MPs are not prepared to cut taxes and spending, they might as well hand over to Labour...

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The cowardice of the anti-Truss rebels

It is somehow considered unacceptably Right-wing to return to Blair's tax rates...

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Why free markets are always unpopular

Our palaeolithic instincts incline us to egalitarianism, authoritarianism and envy ...

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Sunak is almost out of options

But here are five things he could realistically do before the election...

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Best. Budget. Ever.

It feels as if the Conservatives are back after 23 years in Opposition...

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Cap bankers’ bonuses or grow the economy - pick one

The cap was imposed by the EU in an openly anti-London move, yet it has taken us until now to scrap it...

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The case for constitutional monarchy

An umpire whose legitimacy is beyond question is the surest defence against civil war...

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We really are back to the 1970s - even the Tories are promoting big government

But might they be about to pick a market-oriented woman to lead them in a different direction?...

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The GOP is becoming un-American

I get (though I dislike) the cult of the successful leader, but they are now embracing the cult of the unsuccessful leader...

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These are the consequences of the lockdown that you all backed

The people who demanded the longest and harshest restrictions now have the nerve to complain about inflation...

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We took a decision to abandon cheap energy - and now we’re mad as hell

The falling cost of energy is what made modern civilisation; but our leaders are in hoc to Green ideologues...

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More of the same is not enough

The cheap-money, high-spending consensus has brought us to the brink. We need radical reform...

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You can’t handle the truth

Voters rate honesty as their top virtue in leaders, but it is far from clear that they truly want to hear how bad things are...

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My pick for Tory leader

OK, different Tory party, different leadership race - but why can't we have a candidate like Pierre Poilievre?...

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Eleven things the next Conservative leader must do

Europhiles who have convinced themselves that ousting Boris means a swing to the Centre are in for a shock...

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The bizarre attempt to rebrand Scotland and Ireland as colonies

In an age that elevates victimhood above all else, the old appeal of the UK - that it was strong - has vanished...

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The Tories are spending their way to defeat

A Centre-Right party that measures itself by how much it is spending loses its appeal...

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The ECHR has served its purpose

Britain does not have a human rights deficit; but it does have a democratic deficit...

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We missed our chance to stay in the single market

Joining EFTA would have eased the transition and soothed our culture war, but the moment has now passed...

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The Conservatives have given up on conservatism

Tory ministers now positively boast about spending more than Labour...

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Katharine Birbalsingh has taught the country the secret of good education

It is poor teaching, rather than poverty, that holds students back...

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Are Britain and the EU allies?

It is striking to hear Eurocrats urge compromise with Russia while insisting that there must be no compromise with the UK...

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Time to govern as a Conservative, Boris

Our economy is about to take a hammering, and spending money is no way to soften the blow...

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The recovery won’t begin until civil servants start working

The private sector has largely returned to the office, but the public sector has no intention of following...

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No, the PM did not deliberately mislead MPs

It never occurred to Boris - or anyone else at the time - that being presented with a cake between meetings was a party...

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The nuclear taboo is holding

First use of nuclear weapons is seen, not just as immoral, but as unthinkable...

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One month to scrap the Northern Ireland Protocol

It was always intended to be transitional, and the consequences of leaving it in place are dire...

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The Tories’ double whammy: more taxes, higher prices

Will voters blame the Conservatives or the international situation for the coming recession?...

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Poles, of all people, know the value of national independence

Their quarrel with Brussels is a bonsai version of Ukraine's struggle for sovereignty...

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Europhiles hate that Britain is doing the right thing

Blinded by their loathing of Brexit, many commentators are pushing the line that Britain has been softer than the EU on Russia...

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Civilisation is in retreat

The international order that rested on democracy is giving way to a world of armed camps...

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If the PM won’t seize the opportunities of Brexit, what is the point of him?

We want the old Boris back - the rumbustious, Hogarthian, liberty-loving Boris...

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The day will come when no one remembers having backed the lockdown

Just as every Frenchman over a certain age supported the Resistance, so every Briton will recall being a lockdown sceptic...

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Most of our problems these days involve civil servants

But we seem unable to get our heads around that fact, and so carry on blaming ministers...

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Boris did not lie to Parliament

Dominic Cummings' accusation in fact exonerates him, if only we'd bother to read it...

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Boris defied the lockdowners - no wonder they’re out to get him

Reopening the economy matters much more than wandering into a garden party...

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What the hell happened to the Republican Party?

We used to elevate process over outcome, the rules over the rulers. Not any more...

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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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