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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.

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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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 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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For modern-day Assyrians their present is under attack from Isis, as is their past

27 February 2015 14:40

The historian Tom Holland tweeted this morning: ‘What ‪#ISIS are doing to the people & culture of ‪#Assyria is worthy of the Nazis. None of us can say we didn’t… Continue reading

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Nobody will dare satirise the multiculturalism that allows Islamism to flourish

27 February 2015 10:54

So, ‘Jihadi John’ is Mohammed Emwazi, a young Kuwaiti immigrant from Queen’s Park in north-west London, another first-rate product of the British education system. Queen’s Park is one of those very mixed… Continue reading

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Kashmiri protesters hold up a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), during a protest against Israeli military operations in Gaza, on July 18, 2014 in Srinagar, India.

Isis are just very un-progressive Open Border fanatics – we need an Atatürk to fight them

20 February 2015 10:42

If you haven’t already seen it, I recommend reading this fantastic essay by the Atlantic’s Graeme Wood on What Isis Really Wants. He takes the time to look into the theology of… Continue reading

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What does it say about Owen Jones that he isn’t interested in scientific research?

18 February 2015 16:30

Owen Jones writes in the Guardian today on the subject of trans rights, making a revealing statement in the process. He says: ‘In truth, debates over the latest scientific research… Continue reading

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Fancy a job in academia or the media? Best brush up on the new political correctness

9 February 2015 16:18

Why has political correctness proved so enduring? This is the subject of cover pieces in The Spectator by Brendan O’Neill and Damian Thompson, which follow an article by American liberal… Continue reading

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Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud speaks before a meeting with the US Secretary of State at his private residence on June 27, 2014 in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.

Why is Westminster Abbey honouring the king of a country where Christianity is banned?

23 January 2015 16:02

Private Eye will have a field day when it comes to the tributes being paid to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia – it’ll be like beheading fish in a barrel… Continue reading

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Welcome to the completely bonkers world of the Green Party manifesto

21 January 2015 15:14

I was about to shut down my computer last night when I made the mistake of clicking on an article about the Green Party’s manifesto, possibility the scariest thing since… Continue reading

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Good question, Mr Bryant, where are the Albert Finneys and the Glenda Jacksons?

19 January 2015 15:48

James Blunt, the self-deprecating musician who may or may not have stopped World War III, has written an open letter to Chris Bryant calling him a ‘classist gimp’ after the… Continue reading

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