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I know who I’m supporting in the Corbyn-Hodge leadership contest

3 May 2016 19:27

Christ help us – Corbyn or Hodge! I think, given the choice, I’m pretty firmly with Jezza. One deranged bien-pensant…

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Britain’s Christian culture has risen above the recent religious brawl

3 May 2016 16:05

Our political culture contains some tension between Jews and Muslims. And some secular anti-Semitism, particularly on the left, and some…

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Labour’s anti-Semitism problem stems from its grassroots

28 April 2016 20:03

If I were the Conservative party I’d be getting worried: Labour’s implosion is happening too fast. At this rate they…

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The art of Jonathan Meades

15 April 2016 13:52

Ape Forgets Medication: Treyfs and Artknacks Londonewcastle Project (28 Redchurch Street, E2), until 23 April Process, means, method: it was these rather…

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Channel 4’s Sex Box is far more damaging to British culture than Islamism

14 April 2016 14:39

Last night Channel 4 broadcast a programme by Trevor Phillips, in which he worried about the integration of British Muslims. He…

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Trevor Phillips is finally discovering the pitfalls of the term ‘Islamophobia’

11 April 2016 18:22

The former head of the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission has once again said the ‘unsayable’.  In a piece…

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No, Simon Schama, people worried about gang rape and FGM aren’t ‘obsessed with sex’

4 April 2016 18:30

Hardly anything is less likely to keep people reading than to mention an exciting evening in Toronto.  But stick with…

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Martyrdom: a new comic strip for Turkish kids

4 April 2016 15:58

Thrilling news arrives from Turkey, where it is being reported that a government body has issued comic books to the…

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Can Islam move away from theocracy?

31 March 2016 11:13

Terrorism is a distraction. It’s a distraction from the big question of our day, about Islam and violence. Only a…

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Secularism does little to protect us from Islamic extremism

30 March 2016 12:23

You might expect that the murder of Christians would excite particular horror in countries of Christian heritage. Yet almost the…

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The questions nobody wants to ask about Asad Shah’s murder

29 March 2016 19:56

On Maundy Thursday a Muslim shopkeeper in Glasgow was brutally murdered.  Forty-year-old Asad Shah was allegedly stabbed in the head with a…

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Farewell, George Galloway

29 March 2016 11:15

It takes an achingly long time for the British to see a lickspittle of mass murderers for what he is.…

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How about we ‘defend European values’ by not arresting people who say stupid things?

24 March 2016 17:36

After terrorist outrages like the one in Brussels, our leaders always say the same thing: ‘We must defend European values…

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A terrorist attack has happened in Europe. Let the standard response begin…

22 March 2016 17:52

Well at least we all know the form by now.  This morning Islamist suicide-bombers struck one of the few European…

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Europe, Islamism and some uncomfortable home truths

22 March 2016 17:20

The flags are at half-mast in Westminster in a show of solidarity with Brussels, one of those ceremonies Europe seems…

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Prime suspect for Paris attacks arrested in Molenbeek, terror capital of Europe

18 March 2016 18:20

The prime suspect for the Paris terrorist attacks has just been captured in a police raid in (you guessed it) Brussels. Salah Abdeslam…

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The idea of a university as a free space rather than a safe space is vanishing

17 March 2016 17:00

I’ve always admired the liberal Muslims in the Quilliam Foundation. It is hard to take accusations of betrayal from your…

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An Islamic reformation has already begun

3 March 2016 16:36

Last Friday I took part in a debate entitled ‘Does Islam Need a Reformation?’ It was run by the Muslim…

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Sadiq Khan, please stop playing the Muslim card

2 March 2016 17:59

Sadiq Khan, I’m sure you and your supporters think you’re being super right-on when you say that it would send…

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Is it Islamophobic to record ‘Christianophobic’ hate crimes?

5 February 2016 18:03

A freedom-of-information request by Sikhs has turned up some curious statistics from the Metropolitan Police. They show that of the…

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The Islamic world has always had a chequered relationship with chess

22 January 2016 15:10

The news that the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia has issued a fatwa against the game of chess should come…

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Spot the difference: Trump wants to ban people; people want to ban Trump

20 January 2016 13:17

The shamelessly censorious MPs and petition-signers who want Donald Trump banned from Britain are basically saying: ‘Oh my God, he…

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France has become a religious battleground

15 January 2016 16:47

The new year has not started well for France. On the last day of 2015 – the most traumatic year…

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Hungary’s Prime Minister shares similar views to Donald Trump. Should he be banned too?

10 January 2016 12:06

If you are going to try to put people beyond the pale on the grounds of what they have said…

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There’s nothing courageous about Charlie Hebdo’s anniversary cover

6 January 2016 19:45

The new Charlie Hebdo cover is feeble. God with a machine-gun, looking over his shoulder, and the line ‘The Assassin…