Ed West

Ed West is the author of The Diversity Illusion, 1215 and All That and is writing a series of books on medieval history

Ken Loach’s Bafta’s diatribe shows he is stuck in the past

13 February 2017 10:49

Ken Loach, who seems to defy the rule that you get more right-wing as you get older, used his Bafta acceptance…

Airbnb relies on discrimination. So why is it so bothered by Trump’s travel ban?

6 February 2017 13:17

Much of the fiercest opposition to the Trump regime has come from large corporations. The most recent example is Airbnb, whose…

Has the term ‘British’ lost all meaning?

29 January 2017 9:05

We’ve been filling in our son’s school application form this week. Below his name, date of birth and gender –…

A female culture war has begun

27 January 2017 10:58

I didn’t go on the women’s march last weekend, and it’s not the kind of thing I’d go to. However,…

It’s easy to forget how unnatural it is to tolerate views we disagree with

22 January 2017 15:30

Among the words and phrases I’d be quite happy to never hear of again in 2017 is ‘Alt-Right’, up there…

An ‘Anglican Brexit’ is Britain’s best hope

16 January 2017 13:03

One of the many admirable aspects of Japanese culture is that they have developed strong taboos against triumphalism in politics.…

The truth behind Germany’s ‘Mein Kampf’ sales boom

5 January 2017 15:47

A dead white man called Adolf Hitler has sold nearly 100,000 copies of his memoir, Mein Kampf, since a new edition was…

Star Wars is the perfect analogy for the decline of America

31 December 2016 12:01

Star Wars is a generational thing and older people think my cohort are mentally subnormal for enjoying it, but it’s…

How the Catholic Church created democracy

24 December 2016 12:00

Going to spend Christmas with relatives you don’t really like? Well, you can thank God you only have to see…

Germany is facing a ticking time bomb of rage

21 December 2016 12:01

I’ve learned that it’s best not to say anything about a terrorist atrocity on social media, especially not if it…

Why Putin keeps winning the ideological war

16 December 2016 8:26

I have no idea whether Russia successfully interfered in the US election; I imagine it’s one of those situations where…

‘British values’ are a load of old codswallop

7 December 2016 14:10

Sometimes a combination of news stories crop up that so perfectly sum up the spirit of the age, its absurdities…

Is democracy in danger?

3 December 2016 9:30

Is democracy in danger? This is the belief of a Harvard lecturer called Yascha Mounk whose thesis was profiled in…

You can be against the ‘elite’ and still be rich and privileged

16 November 2016 14:46

Many people have remarked that the image of Donald Trump and Nigel Farage posing by the former’s golden elevator doors…

Donald Trump played the identity politics game – and won

9 November 2016 8:12

I feel a strange sense of schadenfreude mixed with a heavy dose of terror and uncertainty now that the American…

Liberal ideology created Donald Trump

8 November 2016 8:45

Dear Democrat voters, You are probably the most influential and powerful segment of the human race today. In terms of…

The new nostalgia for a pre-Brexit world

1 November 2016 12:44

Among its many treasures, Brexit has spawned a new genre of think piece, the nostalgic ‘what has happened to the…

Have our thin-skinned times killed off satire for good?

20 October 2016 13:43

Is satire dying? Zoe Williams asks in the Guardian whether the shrinking of permissible speech is killing comedy. To make her point,…

In defence of small nation states

18 October 2016 10:54

Scotland may have a second referendum within three years, as many Remainers correctly predicted. If the British government makes a…

The Normans were the original liberal metropolitan elite ‘Remainers’

14 October 2016 12:08

Today is the most important date in our history, the day on which in 1066 thousands of men fought outside…

It’s absurd to compare Amber Rudd’s immigration speech to Mein Kampf

11 October 2016 9:18

The Tories want to turn us against migrants by dividing people between ‘us’ and ‘them’; well, let me tell you…

Foreign investors aren’t to blame for London’s housing crisis

30 September 2016 12:45

I hate gentrification; my area was so much cooler when there were people openly selling drugs on the high street,…

Can Katy Perry stop Donald Trump?

28 September 2016 13:58

Recall that eight years ago a number of actors brought out a video of unspeakable dreadfulness called I Pledge, calling on…

The immigration debate shouldn’t be sugar-coated

22 September 2016 12:03

Do you like Skittles? Do you like them so much you’d eat one from a packet even if you knew…

How open borders killed the Labour party

21 September 2016 11:49

Barring a most spectacular Mossad operation – and I wouldn’t put it past them – Jeremy Corbyn will be re-elected…