Ed West

Ed West is Associate Director of @_UK2020 and author of The Diversity Illusion and 1215 and All That

Imperial or metric? Why can’t we have both?

30 August 2016 12:45

I was in the Netherlands over the weekend, which is always nice; it’s a bit like England, but just better.…

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The gender pay gap isn’t just about sexism

25 August 2016 10:18

‘More work needs to be done,’ is what people say whenever some unachievable social goal is shown to be another…

Why a record number of university places might not be a good thing

18 August 2016 13:25

A-Level results are announced today, and with it the happy news that a record number of university places have been…

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If Trump wins, Europeans will have to grow up

26 July 2016 18:02

As many people have pointed out, if someone had awoken from a coma after 30 years and learned that one…

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Being a priest has become a dangerous job

26 July 2016 13:01

Fr Jacques Hamel, murdered today by Islamists in Normandy, was 84, and in his life would have seen his country transformed,…

Moscow residents commemorate Nice terror attack victims

After the Nice attack, Michel Houllebecq’s nightmare vision edges closer

15 July 2016 15:33

I only got around to reading Michel Houellebecq’s Submission last month, a darkly amusing book about how France destabilises as…

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The Conservative party has a remarkable instinct for survival

13 July 2016 10:28

So farewell, then, David Cameron. I suspect we’ll miss him when’s gone, but then he probably entered Downing Street 20…

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Blair isn’t a liar, he’s a genuine believer – which made him so dangerous

6 July 2016 14:28

After a seven year wait, the Chilcot Report has come back with some quite damning conclusions about the build-up to…

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Why we need a second referendum – on the EEA

29 June 2016 11:43

Roger Scruton once observed, in his astute way, how important national feeling was to democracy: ‘Democracy is a form of…

Boris Johnson And Michael Gove Address The Nation After EU Referendum Victory

Brexiteers need to act now, or become the most hated people in history

27 June 2016 13:36

The British constitution is built on compromise and moderation; it’s one of the main reasons why this country enjoyed a…

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Vote Leave now need to repay the people who voted for their cause

24 June 2016 13:52

My part of north London feels like the morning after England get knocked out from the World Cup. People look…

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A bitter culture war has begun in Britain

23 June 2016 16:51

I wrote a while back that the UK referendum wouldn’t be at all bitter or divisive, and I think it’s…

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You can’t stop future Orlandos, but you can reduce the chances

13 June 2016 13:51

I’m pro-gun control, but I come from the most heavily populated corner of one of the most crowded islands on…

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Why do we indulge the crimes of the Left?

12 June 2016 8:25

What a strange human being the historian Eric Hobsbawm was. I was reminded of this the other day while reading…

The Cincinnati zoo backlash shows how democracy is just a step away from mob rule

2 June 2016 20:48

Here’s a really heart warming story, about a young criminal and all-round bad guy who became a dad and turned…

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Are we about to see the return of the Kings?

24 May 2016 14:15

With only two months until the Rio Olympics, Brazil’s woes continue, with a minister in the interim government being forced…

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The working-class vote explains the rise of Austria’s far-right

23 May 2016 15:56

So Austria has a new leader. The radical leftist Alexander Van der Bellen, a former Green party leader running as an…

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Facebook is helping the left to eat itself

22 May 2016 7:42

I hate Facebook, mostly because it’s full of other people’s happiness. I appreciate this makes me a terrible person, but…

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What we learnt from Piers Morgan’s interview with Donald Trump

18 May 2016 7:26

Is Donald Trump the Leicester City of US politics, the 5,000/1 outsider who took everyone by surprise? That was Piers…

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Putin’s Palmyra concert shows he is winning the propaganda war

8 May 2016 8:15

The city of Palmyra, recently liberated from Isis, has seen a return to civilisation and culture with a performance by…

Can America survive Donald Trump?

5 May 2016 16:37

There have been many hyperbolic headlines about Donald Trump these last few days and weeks, so I’d like to add…

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Is it possible to be both pro-EU and patriotic?

25 April 2016 15:21

It’s safe to say that last week was a good one for the Remain camp, thanks in large part to the endorsement from…

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The ‘blank slate’ view of humanity is looking increasingly outdated

16 April 2016 8:30

Quietly, patiently, tentatively, scientists are revolutionising the way we see human nature, a breakthrough that may be as earth-shattering as…

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Europe, Islamism and some uncomfortable home truths

22 March 2016 17:20

The flags are at half-mast in Westminster in a show of solidarity with Brussels, one of those ceremonies Europe seems…

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High-rise housing is hellish. It’s time to bring back terraces

16 March 2016 11:07

On the radio this morning the subject of high-rise housing was being discussed, the hook being the new film adaptation…