Ed West

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

Attendees at the 2012 Hipster Olympics in Berlin (Photo: Getty)

Are hipsters the new aristocracy?

5 February 2016 16:36

I love Twitter. Just like the historian Dan Snow, I find the social media site to be an overwhelmingly positive…

Migrants walking through Hungary to the Austrian border (Photo: AFP/Getty)

Would the migrant crisis have happened without the EU?

3 February 2016 14:21

For those people already bored with the interminable European question, Radio 4 might get unbearable over the next few months.…


Our leaders should read history books – but not just ones about the Nazis

28 January 2016 17:31

If I was in charge of the Home Office I’d employ someone whose sole area of expertise was Hitler’s Germany and…

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Donald Trump is capitalising on America’s declining middle class

22 January 2016 17:31

While watching MPs in the House of Commons debate banning a politician they find disagreeable, my first thought was to…

A shattered shop-window in Leipzig after the riots (Photo: Jens Schlueter/Getty)

By downplaying social problems, multiculturalists help extremism to flourish

15 January 2016 16:22

Ross Douthat’s 10 points about immigration is recommended reading for anyone sitting on the fence or who tends towards the open…

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There’s nothing wrong with public grieving

14 January 2016 11:28

One of the things that repeatedly comes up with David Bowie fans talking about their hero is how much he…

A wave of sexual assaults took place in Cologne on New Year's Eve (Photo: Getty)

Modern technology has completely transformed mass migration

7 January 2016 12:03

I consider myself to be bad at making predictions, but one of the obvious things about the migrant crisis last…

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I love the commercialisation of Christmas

23 December 2015 16:23

I was in Toys R Us in Brent Cross the other day with my kids, pondering the true miracle of…

Expedition 46 Soyuz Launch

There’s one very good reason why space travel isn’t a waste of money

16 December 2015 13:38

Why is it that the sight of a huge, thrusting rocket ploughing through virgin space at 25,000 kmph makes me…

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European countries are now united by the war against Isis

4 December 2015 17:22

If anything positive comes out of the Syrian crisis, and I appreciate it’s like looking for silver linings in the Great…


So governments can control the weather, but not our borders?

3 December 2015 15:48

Niall Ferguson wrote a piece recently comparing Europe’s situation to that of the Roman Empire during its late, decadent, sexual…


There’s nothing ‘conservative’ about supporting foreign intervention

28 November 2015 13:53

These are the Arab countries the Foreign Office currently advises it is safe to visit: Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait,…

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I have no sympathy for people who complain about ‘sharia Uber drivers’

25 November 2015 17:20

Actress Frances Barber has complained about her taxi driver after a night out in town, tweeting: Just had a sharia…

Nigel Farage visits Oldham in preparation for the by-election (Photo: Dave Thompson/Getty)

Oldham is a bad omen for Labour, even without the Corbyn effect

24 November 2015 17:08

Assuming we haven’t been vaporised by Vlad, the Oldham West and Royton by-election takes place next week, and Labour are…


The Uber generation won’t stand for the BBC – but it’s still a national treasure

13 November 2015 18:05

Watching the increasingly bleak and depressing Peep Show the other night I was pleased to note that my on-screen alter…


There’s absolutely nothing polite about political correctness

12 November 2015 12:44

I hope anyone who sees footage of the two shrieking women at Yale and Missouri will finally concede that political correctness is not…


‘Because it’s 2015’ is not a strong line of argument

6 November 2015 13:09

The suspiciously handsome Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau was asked on Wednesday why it’s important to have a gender balance in…


Why don’t we replace Remembrance Day with a national Day of the Dead?

4 November 2015 14:43

This time of year features my two least favourite festivals, Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night, but the build up to…

The East-West divide is no longer between capitalism and communism, nor even democracy and authoritarianism, but multiculturalism and sovereignty (Photo: Getty)

The new East-West divide: multiculturalism vs sovereignty

21 October 2015 12:05

We all know that relations with Russia are at their lowest ebb since 1991, when Boris Yeltsin brought down Communism…

Boris Johnson Attends The Opening Of West London Free School

So what if grammars don’t help social mobility?

16 October 2015 14:12

Is the purpose of education to educate or socially engineer? It was announced yesterday that England is to have its…

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The left’s hatred of ‘Tory scum’ is both stupid and self-defeating

5 October 2015 15:18

Plenty has been written about the hatred some on the left feel towards their ‘enemies’, something on display at the…


Never trust an internet meme (apart from this one)

30 September 2015 11:39

There has recently been a craze for people posting pictures of a Syrian refugee next to a snap of the…

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I’ve been right about Ukip predictions before, so here’s my latest one

28 September 2015 17:21

Ukip’s conference last week featured some characteristically colourful characters, including a lady with a Nigel Farage tattoo on her arm (and,…

'Clowns in Rebellion' protest outside the Palestine border in Jerusalem (Photo: Pallasos en Rebeldía)

Do political activists really need to be naked to make their point?

23 September 2015 10:04

When did political campaigns become so vain? The latest instance involves a bunch of clowns from Spain (they’re literally clowns,…


Whatever happened to critical thinking in foreign policy?

21 September 2015 17:16

Now that the Middle East is basically moving to Europe after Germany did the national equivalent of advertising a house…