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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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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 can't we be more like the Germans? (PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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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Islamic Jihad is experiencing a revival (Photo: SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty)

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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Scenes you seldom see. Why don't they hate us? Image: Getty

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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The 'secret' American eavesdropping base at RAF Menwith Hill in Yorkshire. Image: Getty

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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Icons and overturned funiture on the ground at the church of Saint Michael in the Syrian village of Qara

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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Ed Miliband posing for The Sun yesterday. Photo: The Sun.

Don’t apologise for holding The Sun, Ed

13 June 2014 13:14

I’d like to say that when I’m low and feel I can’t go on anymore that it’s the thought of a child’s smile or a better future for humanity that… Continue reading

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Kurdish Iraqi Peshmerga forces deploy outside Kirkuk (Image: MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images)

Now that Iraq really is threatened by jihadists, should we intervene?

12 June 2014 12:37

The war on terror has gone not necessarily to our advantage. For the second time in a dozen years the land of Abraham has been invaded by a partly-British army,… Continue reading

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Oh dear. Michael Gove has announced that British schools will teach 'British values'. (Image: Getty)

I dread the thought of my children being taught ‘British values’

10 June 2014 10:44

I’ve been off the past week poncing around Rome in a frilly shirt, and so am naturally gloomy about coming home. Just to make it worse, I return to hear… Continue reading

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Jeremy Thorpe, Edward Heath and Roy Jenkins at a Britain in Europe event in the 1970s. (Image: Getty)

If Britain has a culture war, it’s the euro-enthusiasts who started it, not Ukip

30 May 2014 11:39

Following last week’s Purple Revolution in which the pro-democracy Faragist rebels liberated Britain from the hated pro-EUSSR LibLabCon stooges (at least this is the version I’m telling my kids to… Continue reading

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The police cordon around the site of the shootings in Santa Barbara, California. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

The California spree killer: why is that loser’s face all over the media?

28 May 2014 9:37

Last Saturday a young man in southern California murdered six people. I’m not going to name him or link to his picture because you would have probably seen it anyway,… Continue reading

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You know you’re a European when…

22 May 2014 13:14

Today’s European election is not just a matter of deciding who gets to represent my made-up region in Brussels’ toy town parliament. It is a celebration of our common heritage… Continue reading

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Ukip's Nigel Farage Campaigns Before European Elections

Why people will be voting for Ukip this Thursday

20 May 2014 16:20

Despite levels of media scrutiny and hostility unseen in recent political history, this Thursday up to 30 per cent of British voters will opt for Ukip. The odd thing is… Continue reading

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What’s the difference between German and Romanian immigrants?

19 May 2014 16:30

Nigel Farage is in the papers again today – unbelievably! – this time with a full-page advert in the Telegraph responding to his remarks about Romanians on LBC radio. Such… Continue reading

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Should London leave the union?

15 May 2014 16:07

We’re four months away from Scotland’s day of destiny, with the London-Scottish media fraternity becoming increasingly alarmed, and ironically (considering their total unionism) far more noticeably Scottish. At the Telegraph… Continue reading

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America’s Left is just as ‘eccentric’ as its Right

9 May 2014 17:04

Rory Sutherland writes in this week’s magazine that the Mozilla/Brendan Eich affair has finally put him off his dream of moving to the United States, quoting Andrew Sullivan that ‘The… Continue reading

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Voters Cast Their Vote In The London Mayoral Elections

Why I’ll be voting Liberal Democrat on May 22

8 May 2014 12:33

One of the interesting things I learned from a recent Lord Ashcroft poll was the startling fact that three times as many people identify themselves as Labour voters, tribally, as… Continue reading

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Will the Union be a victim of multiculturalism?

7 May 2014 11:39

One of the more striking statistics in yesterday’s Policy Exchange report on multi-ethnic Britain is the revelation that only 25 per cent of white Britons identify as British. This low… Continue reading

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Darwin’s unexploded bomb

6 May 2014 9:23

‘This book is an attempt to understand the world as it is, not as it ought to be.’ So writes Nicholas Wade, the British-born science editor of The New York Times,… Continue reading

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Political correctness is a form of attention seeking that drives people to ever-madder extremes.

Political correctness gone mad – and madder – and even madder

2 May 2014 15:12

In a blog for the IEA the other day Kristian Niemietz looked at the economics of holding politically correct views. Disagreeing with the idea proposed by Spiked magazine that PC is… Continue reading

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