Why the French favour secularism over appeasement in the fight to defeat Islamic extremism

21 October 2016 14:57

In the apartment block next to mine in Paris there are two Muslim families. One I see often: the dad…

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Louis Smith’s ‘show trial’ on Loose Women is emblematic of our dimwit-run times

14 October 2016 14:01

Both Brendan and I have written about the strange martyrdom of Louis Smith.  But here is an ugly coda. As…


Islam’s savage war against atheists: listen to Holy Smoke, the Spectator’s new religion podcast

14 October 2016 12:14

Are former Muslims who ‘come out’ as atheists in Islamic countries becoming the most persecuted minority in the world? And are Western social…

We must have the freedom to mock Islam

11 October 2016 14:25

How did mocking Islam become the great speechcrime of our times? Louis Smith, the gymnast, is the latest to fall…

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The great conundrum for the Islamophobia lobby

6 October 2016 17:28

It is a shame that ‘subversion’ of the state is no longer a crime in Britain.  One result of it…


Why does Justin Welby want us to understand jihadis?

3 October 2016 11:36

Hallelujah, everybody. The Archbishop of Canterbury has been pontificating again. Justin Welby says we must try to understand radical Islam…


The ‘academics’ criticising the Prevent strategy are nothing of the sort

2 October 2016 8:32

This is how the madness spreads. While some politicians of the left continue to pretend that the situation in the…

The Islamophobic attacks you don’t hear about

22 September 2016 15:54

Incidents of ‘Islamophobia’ are really getting out of hand in Britain. In fact there has been such a wave of…

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Liberté, égalité, securité is the new normal for French schools

13 September 2016 8:15

My daughter started secondary school on 1 September. She was very excited. I wish I could report that she skipped…


The Islamist war against Sikhs is arriving in Europe

2 September 2016 10:00

Terror attacks in Germany are becoming remarkably unremarkable. So when a bomb went off in the German city of Essen,…

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France is right to ban the burkini

25 August 2016 17:39

May I interrupt, for a moment, the howls of anguish from those liberals in uproar at the news that authorities…


The burkini ban is a political ruse

24 August 2016 13:34

Private Eye used to run a column called the ‘Neo-philes’, listing some of the endless cases of hacks saying ‘X…

Is jailing Anjem Choudary the best idea?

19 August 2016 12:07

Don’t let off your celebratory party poppers just yet! Anjem Choudary may be facing jail, but he is a slippery…

Why did the BBC give a platform to Anjem Choudary?

17 August 2016 8:12

Anjem Choudary’s arrogance eventually led to his downfall. He was convinced he could stay one step ahead of the authorities…

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It’s a bad day for Anjem Choudary – and a good day for secular law

16 August 2016 18:10

So farewell then Anjem Choudary.  At least for a few years.  Britain’s biggest loudmouth Islamist has finally been convicted in…


Why the Prevent strategy isn’t the problem

12 August 2016 18:04

Earlier this week the Times had a leader column entitled ‘Protect Prevent’.  As a defence of the government’s counter-extremism strategy it…

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The post-terror ‘good news’ story came from Islam’s most persecuted sect

1 August 2016 18:37

A few months back, after the Brussels terrorist attacks, I pointed out on Coffee House that there is a certain routine…


To beat Islamist terror, France must close the gulf between church and state

28 July 2016 9:40

At the beginning of his war memoirs, Charles de Gaulle famously wrote, ‘All my life I have had a certain…


How tolerant are the French expected to be towards Islamic extremism?

26 July 2016 15:36

In Saturday’s Guardian, Natalie Nougayrède, the former managing editor of Le Monde, wrote that in the days following the slaughter…

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Will Europe finally face up to the threat of Islamism?

26 July 2016 13:56

On the bright side, the elderly priest who was murdered during mass in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen, had pretty well a…

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Being a priest has become a dangerous job

26 July 2016 13:01

Fr Jacques Hamel, murdered today by Islamists in Normandy, was 84, and in his life would have seen his country transformed,…


When the French mood finally snaps, Marine Le Pen will be waiting

19 July 2016 17:13

Last Friday I noted that you don’t have to go back many months to get the latest mass-casualty terrorist atrocity…

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You can’t stop future Orlandos, but you can reduce the chances

13 June 2016 13:51

I’m pro-gun control, but I come from the most heavily populated corner of one of the most crowded islands on…

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We can’t ignore the religion of the Orlando gay club gunman

12 June 2016 16:15

Last night a gunman attacked a gay club in Orlando, Florida. At present at least 50 people are confirmed dead…


Western liberals who banned Eagles of Death Metal are doing Isis’s dirty work

23 May 2016 13:45

If you want to know how lost Europe is, how thoroughly it has abandoned freedom of speech, get this: two…