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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.

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Where did the BBC find last night's Question Time audience? They were so sensible

17 October 2014 18:09

When I first learned about Athenian democracy as a teenager I was baffled that they could have decided government positions by lottery; what was to stop someone totally unsuitable and useless from… Continue reading

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Lt. General William Mayville Jr. Briefs The Media At Pentagon On Recent Strikes Against Isis In Syria. Image: Getty

Multiculturalism makes Isis a threat to Britain

26 September 2014 18:00

So we’re back to bombing Iraq again, by the looks of things, for the third successive decade – this time to destroy the Islamic State, or Isis or whatever they’re… Continue reading

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Can the Game of Thrones option save the UK?

25 September 2014 11:12

I’ve been in Turkey the past week, which as anyone will tell you is the friendliest and most beautiful of countries, and a kinder and more welcoming people you will… Continue reading

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Cycling, HIV, domestic abuse. You can find discrimination everywhere, if you try

16 September 2014 18:13

You have to wonder about the future of the Conservative party when you hear stories like this, from the Birmingham Post: ‘Councillor Deirdre Alden (Con, Edgbaston) said she was concerned… Continue reading

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Being right-wing hasn’t made me happy

12 September 2014 18:10

Can being more Right-wing make you happier? According to the right-wing Daily Mail it can: ‘People with conservative views are more content than their more liberal-minded neighbours, research suggests. ‘Those… Continue reading

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Scotland won’t become a foreign country just because of a vote

5 September 2014 17:02

Hugo Rifkind had an interesting piece in the Times yesterday on the Scottish referendum arguing that the No campaign, by focussing on economics and pragmatism (where they obviously have the… Continue reading

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‘I didn’t want to appear racist’ is the ‘I was only obeying orders’ of our age

26 August 2014 18:44

Up to 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham. Children as young as 11 were trafficked, beaten, and raped by large numbers of men between 1997 and 2013 in Rotherham,… Continue reading

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What’s the difference between Isis and Saudi Arabia? It’s a matter of degrees

21 August 2014 12:48

There are now thought to be more British-born members of Isis than there are Muslims in the British Army, leading lots of people to ask how they could hate us so… Continue reading

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When did suicide cease to be morally repugnant?

15 August 2014 15:37

The great Theodore Dalrymple once came up with the theory that there is a fixed level of righteous indignation in any society. As soon as we become more relaxed about… Continue reading

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Female members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and an Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter take position on the front line in Makhmur, some 50 km south of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on 9th August 2014. (Image: SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

A lesson of Iraq in 2014: the nation-state is the future

12 August 2014 12:45

The collapse of some of the Sykes-Picot states in 2014 will spur people to ask which way the world is heading and what it all tells us, just as with… Continue reading

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Anti-Semitism in Britain makes me feel ashamed

8 August 2014 14:40

As silly seasons go, this August has been pretty rubbish, I have to say. Iraq heads the list of gloomy subjects, obviously, as 100,000 Christians and many more Yazidis flee… Continue reading

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Ukip need not fear Boris Johnson

6 August 2014 16:41

So Boris Johnson is standing for parliament next year, triggering speculation about what would happen if David Cameron lost the election. Could we have Ed Miliband as prime minister, followed… Continue reading

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1914 and all that

5 August 2014 15:49

Yesterday was a chance for people to remember relatives who died in the 1914-1918 conflict, often the only record of their existence being grainy old portraits from a grandmother’s mantelpiece… Continue reading

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There are no lessons from the first world war

4 August 2014 20:23

I’ve just been in France, where the shadow of the First World War always seems to be darker and longer than that cast over Britain; it is partly that, aesthetically,… Continue reading

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Weak David Cameron is more ‘Borgen’ than ‘Game of Thrones’

17 July 2014 11:01

I don’t know if David Cameron was trying to tell us something about Michael Gove’s prospects as chief whip by comparing him to the Hand of the King in Game… Continue reading

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I’d like to nominate myself as Britain’s Paedofinder-General

14 July 2014 14:34

Now that Elizabeth Butler-Sloss has stood down as head of the inquiry into historic sex abuse, I’d like to nominate myself as Britain’s new paedofinder-general. If I got the job,… Continue reading

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Why we’ll mostly be supporting Germany on Sunday

11 July 2014 12:56

If you’re walking through any built-up area in England between 8 and 10pm this Sunday and you hear a cheer you can be pretty sure it means one thing –… Continue reading

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Who are Britain’s stupidest jihadis?

10 July 2014 13:41

You have to laugh. Two men who’ve admitted to trying to go abroad to fight jihad had to buy copies of Islam for Dummies and The Koran for Dummies before… Continue reading

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What have we done for ISIS not to hate us?

3 July 2014 15:06

After 9/11 the Western world’s response fell between two poles; on the one hand lots of people agreed with General Norman Schwarzkopf that it was not our job to forgive… Continue reading

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Britain is part of a secret Anglo-Saxon world conspiracy. How can it also be part of Europe?

3 July 2014 9:12

I’m not a great believer in the ‘special relationship’, a concept that exists almost entirely in the mind of British journalists, especially during those occasional moments when the English-speaking nations… Continue reading

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Rod Liddle is right about the faux Left

27 June 2014 11:27

‘I deserted my children for my own personal happiness: it is as simple as that, regardless if I sometimes reassure myself with caveats, with a rationale which I have constructed… Continue reading

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The Left’s blind spot with Islam: opposing bigotry does not mean liking a religion

25 June 2014 15:05

I agree with something Owen Jones has written, a confluence of beliefs that will next occur on September 15, 2319. Addressing the subject of Christian persecution, he argues in the… Continue reading

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America and Britain could save Iraq’s Christians – it’s just they don’t care

20 June 2014 11:03

The Syro-Iraq war, as the firestorm should probably now be called, rages on, with the sword of Damocles hanging over us in Britain. Some 400 British Muslims are fighting with… Continue reading

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Debate: will a robot steal your job?

18 June 2014 9:21

Was Karl Marx right all along about capitalism? One of the subjects I like to bore everyone about whenever I get a chance is the hollowing out of middle-class jobs… Continue reading

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Prepare for another year of our empty lives without Game of Thrones

17 June 2014 11:44

So farewell, then, Tywin Lannister, you truly were the people’s Hand of the King. But this being Game of Thrones, it was never going to last, and now you’ve been… Continue reading

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