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Ed West is deputy editor of the Catholic Herald and author of The Silence of Our Friends and 1215 and All That.

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Globalists v localists: the new reality of 21st century politics

5 July 2015 18:37

Tonight it looks like the Oxi’s have it, and Greece’s fraught relationship with the Franks has reached a new phase, with possible Grexit coming; that’s assuming the exit polls are… Continue reading

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Polygamy could be the next sexual liberation campaign

2 July 2015 17:00

Back in the early 1990s when the kind old 17th Duke of Norfolk was special guest at prize-giving night at our school he remarked that in Islam one was allowed… Continue reading

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Charlemagne, king of the Franks (Photo: Getty)

Greeks v Franks – why culture still matters

30 June 2015 15:13

During the period of the crusades Greeks would refer to western Europeans by the generic term ‘Frank’, derived from the name of the leading barbarian tribe of the west. The… Continue reading

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Western idealism is making the jihad problem much worse

24 June 2015 12:57

I’ve just been reading Jonathan Sacks’ excellent new book, Not in God’s Name, which sets out to explain why people kill for religion. Although he explores the theology of the… Continue reading

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UKIP Hold Their First Conference Since The General Election

It may actually be in Ukip’s interest to lose the EU referendum

12 June 2015 15:35

Will the country be torn apart by the EU referendum? That’s the argument made by Chris Deerin on the capitalist running dog website CapX. Deerin, a Scottish Unionist, says it’s… Continue reading

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A course in Dangerous Ideas would be the perfect tonic for our dull universities

8 June 2015 13:13

There have been a number of articles recently by American liberals warning about the intolerance of academia, in particular pointing to the dangers of a generation who’ve never had their… Continue reading

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Is worker health and safety just a Eurocentric construct? (Photo: Getty)

Qatar doesn’t deserve to host the 2022 World Cup but Turkey does

1 June 2015 14:16

The campaign against Qatar’s plans to host the World Cup is racist and Islamophobic, according to the former prime minister of the oil-rich absolute monarchy where Indian workers are treated… Continue reading

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Why is big business so interested in left-wing politics?

29 May 2015 10:23

Numerous commentators have noted how the Irish marriage referendum was influenced by big business, especially Californian-based companies like Google. It’s one of the curious trends of recent years that big business,… Continue reading

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After one bakery declined to make this  cake, another agreed to do it (Photo: QueerSpace Belfast/Facebook)

The free market is still the greatest force for reducing prejudice

20 May 2015 15:20

I suppose if you’d told someone in Northern Ireland 25 years ago that the most contentious issue come May 2015 would be a gay cake they would have taken that future.… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage isn’t the biggest threat to the Eurosceptic cause. Vladimir Putin is

14 May 2015 22:00

I keep on reading that the ‘Outers’ are going to lose the upcoming EU referendum because Euroscepticism has become associated with Ukip, and Nigel Farage is too divisive. It has… Continue reading

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Some advice to people angered by the election: add some Tories on Facebook

12 May 2015 16:29

My father recently passed away, and the stories people inevitably tell of the dead brought back memories of childhood. As a small boy I remember Sunday lunches that culminated with… Continue reading

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Spot the difference: Vote Tory with Peter Stringfellow, Vote Labour with Russell Brand (Photo: Getty)

Unfortunately celebrity endorsements really do matter

5 May 2015 17:06

Whoever comes top on Thursday, Labour has won the only poll that really matters – that of Britain’s beloved celebrities, with recent endorsements by Steve Coogan, Delia Smith, Robert Webb,… Continue reading

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Three reasons why Labour might not actually want to govern

4 May 2015 16:01

There’s an episode of The New Statesman in which geologists discover that there’s no more oil in the North Sea and the British economy is about to crash; as a… Continue reading

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The cultural significance of Ed Miliband’s mockney accent

30 April 2015 16:47

I’m mildly posh – nowhere near David Cameron posh, for example, let alone the Olympian heights of Brian Sewell, but I’m unlikely to ever play a football hooligan or an… Continue reading

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Hampstead liberals can use their vote to fight radical Islam (and silence right-wing bores)

21 April 2015 12:43

A few months ago I was in a pub on a quiet night and overheard a young couple having an argument about politics. They were both, I’m guessing, young white… Continue reading

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Don’t get angry at Katie Hopkins if you don’t support policies that could save migrants

20 April 2015 11:29

The latest issue of The Spectator carries an interesting piece by James Bartholomew on ‘virtue signalling’, the bane of social media and political debate; that is, people expressing how ruddy… Continue reading

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The Green Party manifesto reads like a pamphlet for a religious sect

15 April 2015 10:35

Of all the contradictory ideas in the Green Party’s manifesto, I love their plan to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14, while at the same time… Continue reading

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Kids love fairy tales. This doesn’t mean they must be taught about transgender politics

7 April 2015 13:07

If the NUT didn’t exist it would be necessary for a latter-day Michael Wharton to invent it. This week the teaching union is having its congress where, among other things, it’s… Continue reading

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Ukip Leader Nigel Farage Fails To Turn Up At Rally

Convince a generation that Ukip resemble the Nazis and you can make them do anything

26 March 2015 11:22

There was something genuinely frightening about the disturbance aimed at Nigel Farage and his family this weekend; what’s scary is that there seem to be so many people in our… Continue reading

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Is Sweden's military aggression pushing its citizens into the arms of Isis?

20 March 2015 14:38

Sweden’s latest attempts to integrate its migrant population have suffered one or two hiccups after it was learned that staff at its ‘assimilation guide service’ were recruiting people into the… Continue reading

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Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

What’s the point of the BBC if we no longer share common cultural values?

16 March 2015 16:24

Is privatising BBC3 as bad as Isis’s destruction of Nineveh? That was the wonderfully trolling headline on a Stewart Lee piece in the Guardian over the weekend. He was making the point… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage has said he would get rid of 'irrelevant' anti-discrimination laws (Photo: Getty)

The abolition of anti-discrimination laws would prove how tolerant Britain had become

12 March 2015 11:33

My mum once told me about a man she knew who’d come from a poor background and had no luck finding a job. He’d applied for over 400 positions but… Continue reading

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The Ceremonial Funeral Of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher

The Labour party loves to hate Tony Blair

11 March 2015 11:42

I’ve met people at political events who seem otherwise normal, and then Tony Blair’s name is mentioned and their eyes light up in a way that suggest a chemical reaction has… Continue reading

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A warm welcome to the Anglosphere’s recent recruits (and a fond farewell to the turncoats)

6 March 2015 17:35

There was an interesting survey by Chatham House a few weeks back; asked which countries they had good feelings about, the British put the following as their top ten favourite.… Continue reading

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Never mind Ukip’s immigration policy, Britain has an emigration problem

5 March 2015 10:50

Ukip has unveiled its new Aussie-style immigration policy, just a week after the latest bad immigration news for the government. The news was bad only in a sense, as high immigration… Continue reading

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