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Ed West is deputy editor of the Catholic Herald and author of The Silence of Our Friends and The Realm: The True history behind Game of Thrones.

David Cameron should do more to stop the persecution of Christians. (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

Will David Cameron stand up for persecuted Christians?

18 April 2014 10:00

Last week, David Cameron surprised a number of people when, during a pre-Easter gathering at Downing Street, he spoke about religion. Not religion in general, the all-faiths-and-none diversity-speak of the… Continue reading

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Is moral change speeding up?

17 April 2014 14:41

After David Cameron’s whole God thing last week, there was a discussion on the radio this morning about whether religion is necessary for morality. Clearly there’s nothing to stop atheists… Continue reading

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Game of Thrones: lucky we just get to watch this programme – the North Koreans are living it

15 April 2014 10:43

Spoiler alert: this is a review of last night’s episode Anyone watching Game of Thrones for the first time last night would not have been dissuaded of Peter Hitchens’ argument that the… Continue reading

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France – worker’s paradise or Steynian Dystopia?

11 April 2014 14:12

Un autre jour glorieux dans la lutte contre réalité économique. France’s major employers’ federation and two unions have signed an agreement whereby employees not subject to the country’s 35-hour labour… Continue reading

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Game of Thrones: ‘Our Island Story’ for the HBO generation

7 April 2014 16:23

When I was a boy I used to love the stories of the old kings of England, devouring book after book on the subject until I could rather involuntarily memorise… Continue reading

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Equality campaigners have stormed the Bastille. It would be tragic if they built new Bastilles in its place.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Mozilla controversy suggests that the sexual revolution is getting ugly

4 April 2014 11:04

If you’re reading this on Firefox, you can rest assured that your custom is not going towards any hateful, disgusting, evil people who might disagree with you on something. Not… Continue reading

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Farewell, then, Nuts magazine

2 April 2014 9:09

It looks like Nuts may be about to close, ten years after the lad’s mag was launched with great fanfare. Although it came to epitomise in some people’s minds the objectification of… Continue reading

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Cinderella in tears, flanked by her two step-sisters. (Image: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

The state is the worst wicked stepmother of all

31 March 2014 16:22

What a fantastically stupid idea, I thought, reading the paper this morning.  ‘Parents who fail to show love and affection towards their children could be sent to prison for up… Continue reading

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A section of HMS Queen Elizabeth II being towed up the Clyde. (Image Getty)

Surely we should have called our new flagship HMS Margaret Thatcher?

28 March 2014 13:00

It’s great news that this summer will see the launch of Britain’s biggest-ever warship, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, built on the Clyde and weighing 65,000 tons. This beast will be… Continue reading

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Maajid Nawaz deserves support. If the Lib Dems won't provide it then the Tories must.

Hampstead and Kilburn – it would be a disgrace if the Lib Dems don’t back Maajid Nawaz to the hilt

27 March 2014 14:41

In the past 30 years British English has received a number of loan words from Arabic, words which would have meant very little to our young grandparents but are now… Continue reading

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Don’t knock ‘benevolent sexism’ – it makes us happy

25 March 2014 14:00

The American-led Left has a new fixation: ‘benevolent sexism’. Recent examples found here, here and here. According to one definition: ‘Ambivalent or benevolent sexism usually originates in an idealization of… Continue reading

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Vladimir Putin’s Russia is jingoistic, angry and oppressive. But it’s nothing like Nazi Germany

21 March 2014 11:06

I’m conservative, so it’s hard for me not to love Vladimir Putin. His ripped torso, the way the sweat glistens on his pecs, the steely gaze, the cheeky smile. How… Continue reading

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King John signs Magna Carta. Was this the defining moment in English history?

Should we make Magna Carta Day our national holiday?

20 March 2014 14:31

I know there are probably more important things in the Budget, but I for one (and probably, literally, the only one) am won over by the government’s decision to spend… Continue reading

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George Osborne needs to develop policies that encourage conservative behaviour - and votes for the Conservatives.

What I want from the Budget: some conservatism

18 March 2014 10:18

Budget day tomorrow, and I’m sure many of you will relish the reminder that you are, in George Osborne’s reported view, ‘successful’ because you pay 40p tax band. It’s better… Continue reading

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Protests Are Held Throughout The UK Opposing The Coalition Government's Spending Review

‘Almost a conservative’ – in praise of Bob Crow, 1961-2014

11 March 2014 10:28

Very sad to hear of Bob Crow’s death. Doubtless his erstwhile political opponents will be falling over themselves to say that he will be ‘sadly missed’. But I’ve admired him… Continue reading

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What would Mary Wollstonecraft make of today’s feminism?

7 March 2014 13:02

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day, and no doubt it will be marked by plenty of discussions about internet misogyny, everyday sexism, the war on women and all the other things… Continue reading

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You won't see many coffins draped with the EU flag. Image: Getty

How many people would lay down their lives for the European Union?

4 March 2014 11:05

Whatever Russia does in the Ukraine, we know that Britain isn’t going to do much more than say ‘dear, dear’, something that was accidentally revealed when a British official was… Continue reading

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Net migration is up, but net migration is a meaningless term

27 February 2014 15:34

The latest figures showing a big increase in net migration are a blow to the Conservatives, although it obviously reflects on the relative strength of the British economy; at least… Continue reading

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Vladimir Putin is a reactionary autocrat, not a conservative

27 February 2014 14:33

Apparently the new Muppets film features Russians as the baddies, a sign of the times as we increasingly draw into a new ideological cold war with the old enemy. Or… Continue reading

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Paedophiles are just one of the Left’s unacceptable bedfellows

26 February 2014 14:42

It’s curious that the story about the National Council for Civil Liberties and its links with the Paedophile Information Exchange is big news now, since it’s been common knowledge for… Continue reading

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Where were the bishops when Labour was spending money we didn't have? (CHRIS ISON/AFP/Getty Images)

The church is better at the welfare business than the state

21 February 2014 14:56

Today I have a piece in the Times (£ obviously, you know that) about the power of the Christian Left, following the Anglican bishops’ letter in the Daily Mirror; the… Continue reading

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Denmark’s ban on ritual slaughter is not kosher

20 February 2014 10:16

Fey metropolitan ponce that am I, I love nothing better than curling up on the sofa with my partner to watch a Scandinavian drama. Borgen, The Killing; we haven’t got… Continue reading

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56th BFI London Film Festival: Midnight's Children - Official Screening

25 years after the Rushdie fatwa, are we more or less afraid of Islamism?

14 February 2014 13:37

It’s 25 years since the late Ayatollah Khomeini issued history’s worst Valentine’s Day message to author Salman Rushdie, during that momentous spring when communism began to topple in Poland and… Continue reading

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Britain is doomed – even if Salmond loses September’s independence referendum

12 February 2014 15:48

Last Thursday’s cover story makes alarming reading, Alex Massie arguing that Alex Salmond may come close to achieving victory in September’s vote. Alex wrote: ‘It is beginning to be appreciated,… Continue reading

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Is 'Sherlock' compassionate or imaginative?

Writers tend to the Left because they have imagination, not compassion

10 February 2014 14:00

I apologise for writing a blogpost about a tweet, which can look a bit like over-analysis, but I was intrigued by a couple of things that writer Graham Linehan wrote… Continue reading

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