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Celebrating diversity means imposing misogyny

22 July 2014 13:55

People talk about their commitment to equality and diversity so readily they must assume there is no conflict between the two. The phrase falls off the tongue as if it… Continue reading

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Britain has let Islamists run riot – as today’s report into the ‘Trojan horse’ plot reveals

22 July 2014 13:09

Peter Clarke, a former counter-terror chief, has published a report today which reveals that an ‘aggressive Islamist agenda’ was pursued in ‘Trojan horse’ schools in Birmingham. He has found evidence of a… Continue reading

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Gilbert and George have not engaged in equal-opportunity blasphemy.  Not by a long shot. (JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Gilbert and George have lost their bottom over the burka

17 July 2014 12:52

Let’s brood, shall we, on the following report in the Evening Standard about an exciting new departure by the winsome duo, Gilbert and George, on the back of their new… Continue reading

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Palestinian supporters of Hizb ut-Tahrir silhouetted behind a banner bearing the Arabic word ‘caliphate’. Image: Getty

The eternal allure of the Caliphate

5 July 2014 10:12

There’s nothing like a caliphate to rally disparate groups. The Sunni Islamic organisation ISIS has recruited fighters from all over the world with its dream of a single Muslim state,… Continue reading

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Murderous Islamists or Islamophobia?

27 June 2014 7:06

I have a nominee for idiot of the week. I had never heard of him until yesterday, but he is one ‘Andreas Krieg’ who the Daily Mail has referred to… 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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ISIS - the Middle East's most impressive brand managers

I don’t want to fight with ISIS. But I can see why their online campaign is convincing

20 June 2014 15:51

Yesterday evening, I returned home, made a cup of tea and slumped down to catch up on the day’s news. A piece on Twitter caught my eye. Posted by Channel… Continue reading

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The Middle East’s own 30 Years War has just begun

17 June 2014 13:25

In January, Douglas Murray explained in The Spectator how relations in the Middle East were becoming increasingly tense. With northern Iraq now in turmoil, following the advance of Islamist militant… Continue reading

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Concern Grows Over Trojan Horse Inquiry At Birmingham Schools

Britain needs ‘Church schools’ and ‘faith schools’

10 June 2014 17:52

Following Freddy Gray’s piece yesterday about the pundits’ efforts to exploit the ‘Trojan Horse’ affair in order discredit ‘faith’ schools, I thought you might be interested in the statement below,… 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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David Cameron’s inaction has fuelled the row between Michael Gove and Theresa May over extremism in schools

4 June 2014 11:47

The row between Michael Gove and Theresa May over how best to tackle Islamist extremism in schools is typical of how tense things get between these two whenever the subject… Continue reading

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Peter Robinson deserves applause for his stance on religious expression. AFP PHOTO / POOL / WILL OLIVER

Let Evangelical Protestants be Evangelical Protestants

29 May 2014 10:07

Pastor James McConnell of the Metropolitan Tabernacle in Belfast has gone and done it. He declared in a sermon that: “Islam is heathen, Islam is satanic, Islam is a doctrine… Continue reading

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Why has fascism failed in the United Kingdom?

16 May 2014 12:08

Because, well, just look at them. These Young Spodes are not quite the Master Race are they? And this is the problem with extremism: it cannot avoid being ridiculous. I… Continue reading

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Today in #middleclassproblems: worrying how your lamb was killed

8 May 2014 16:06

It doesn’t matter. It really doesn’t. At least not very much. The notion, apparently scandalous, that the Great British food market is being contaminated – sorry, infiltrated – by meat… Continue reading

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Islamist extremists shouldn’t be allowed to preach hate at British universities

29 April 2014 11:28

More evidence has emerged that Islamic Societies at universities are continuing to host extremist preachers in front of segregated audiences. Last month, students at the University of Westminster invited Murtaza Khan,… Continue reading

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Cyril Smith pictured in the House of Commons in 1982. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Are you fit to be a Liberal Democrat? (A response to Nick Cohen)

28 April 2014 18:43

My colleague Nick Cohen has a piece asking ‘Are you fit to be British? Take the UKIP test.’ In it he cites a number of horrible and silly and things said… Continue reading

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UKIP Leader Nigel Farage Visits Eastleigh To Canvass With Candidate Diane James

UKIP stand by their latest trouble man

25 April 2014 14:37

More trouble for Ukip this morning: it seems that yet another party official has some colourful views about ‘people of color’. David Challice, who is understood to work at Ukip… Continue reading

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Tony Blair's Keynote Speech On The Middle East and North Africa

Tony Blair spoke the truth about Islamism. But not the whole truth

23 April 2014 13:35

As so often (in my opinion) Tony Blair is almost right. In a wide-ranging speech at Bloomberg this morning he roamed over Syria, Libya, the Middle East and the West’s withdrawal… Continue reading

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The Grand Mosque in Mecca. Photo: MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images

Podcast: Reforming Islam, Ed Miliband on the rocks and teaching French

27 March 2014 9:12

Can Islam ever be reformed and reclaimed from the fanatics? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Quilliam Foundation’s founder Maajid Nawaz argues it most certainly can. Discussing this… Continue reading

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Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

FGM is a shaming indictment of multiculturalism and mass-immigration

25 March 2014 15:05

A number of interesting things have happened recently: The Law Society has provided legal guidance to ensure that Muslims in Britain can have their wills judged according to Sharia. BBC… Continue reading

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Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

When Free Speech isn’t free

13 March 2014 14:33

BBC3’s Free Speech programme is a good example of why the channel deserves to be shut down. Aimed at giving a voice to young people it is endlessly dumbing-down, seeks… Continue reading

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Let’s call a ban on Katy Perry. Why I’m siding with the mad mullahs.

27 February 2014 18:02

Call me a fruitcake, but I am all for Islamic censorship when it comes to Katy Perry. In the last few days, there’s been a terrible fuss about Perry’s latest… Continue reading

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Act Three of Laura Scozzi's new production of  Rameau's Les Indes galantes

Opera takes on Islam

24 February 2014 14:51

You know how it is. You’re finishing off Friday prayers, wondering what to do with your evening. You notice some women in a cattle truck and decide to engage in… Continue reading

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Barack Obama has been named 'Islamophobe of the Year'

What do I need to do to become ‘Islamophobe of the Year’?

23 February 2014 9:44

I was robbed! News has just come in that despite making the shortlist I failed to win ‘Islamophobe of the Year’ in any of the categories. Proving once again that Ayatollah… Continue reading

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Borgen actress Birgitte Hjort Sorensen.

Denmark’s ban on ritual slaughter is not kosher

20 February 2014 10:16

Fey metropolitan ponce that am I, I love nothing better than curling up on the sofa with my partner to watch a Scandinavian drama. Borgen, The Killing; we haven’t got… Continue reading

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