Tunisians queue outside a polling station on October 26 in the Tunis suburb of Ariana (Photo: AFP/Getty)

Postcard from Tunisa – voters reject Islamists, embrace sanity in cradle of Arab Spring

28 October 2014 15:06

Tunis A bloody two-day siege at a house in the outskirts of the capital last week didn’t augur well for Tunisia’s landmark elections. Six suspected jihadists, including five women, and… Continue reading

Flowers left in front of the Canadian Parliament in honour of Cpl Nathan Cirillo of the Canadian Army Reserves, who was killed while guarding the National War Memorial (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Ottawans to jihadists: our city is stronger than ever

24 October 2014 13:29

I was born in Ottawa. I grew up in Ottawa. I studied in Ottawa. I work in Ottawa. Ottawa is in my DNA, as it is for more than a… Continue reading


Jihadi John – a very British export

20 August 2014 14:34

It is the now familiar nightmare image. A kneeling prisoner, and behind him a black-hooded man speaking to camera. The standing man denounces the West and claims that his form… Continue reading

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

'Bethlehem Unwrapped' at St. James's Church, Piccadilly, London.

Absolute moral squalor on display at a London church

3 January 2014 16:09

‘Did Israel spoil Christmas again?’ I only ask because the claim that they did is becoming a modern tradition in Britain. The softest and most commonplace expression of the claim… Continue reading

The Djemaa El-Fna Square in Marrakech is now full of ghastly Delboys. (ABDELHAK SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

Another reason to biff the hawkers of Marrakech

2 September 2013 13:12

Apologies for the prolonged absence. This was due to a holiday in which I stayed away from all forms of communication for two and a half weeks. I cannot recommend… Continue reading

Egyptian supporters of Egypt's Muslim Br

The Muslim Brotherhood’s fight for existence

14 August 2013 12:43

Speak to members of the Muslim Brotherhood and you get a sense of just how imperilled they feel. Ever since Mohammed Mursi was overthrown, members of the group have come… Continue reading

David Cameron at the G8 summit. Photo: BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images

It looks like we must hope for the best in Syria

18 June 2013 20:31

Is there not something odd about a Prime Minister talking of getting involved in the Syrian civil war on the very day that another 4,500 British service personnel had their… Continue reading

Gita Sahgal was upset at Amnesty’s relationship with Moazzam Begg. Picture: Getty

A long overdue counterblast to the Left’s thinking on Islamists

11 February 2013 13:42

A three year open sore within the human rights community will be closed this evening when Gita Sahgal officially launches her new organisation, the Centre for Secular Space, at Toynbee… Continue reading

A rocket is launched by Gazan terrorists at Sderot in Israel last Sunday. Image: Getty

Can Hamas contain Gaza’s other terrorist groups?

15 November 2012 13:02

One of the things to watch for as tensions escalate between Gaza and Israel is the extent to which Ismail Haniyeh’s authority is eroded within the Strip. Hamas is clearly… Continue reading


Sarkozy shows extremists the door

3 April 2012 17:00

Who on earth does Nicolas Sarkozy think he is? The answer, of course, is President of the French Republic. And from that position — and propelled by the Toulouse shootings… Continue reading


Learning to live with Islamists

5 December 2011 15:56

Islamists have won a landslide in Egypt, with the Muslim Brotherhood and the ultra-Conservative Al Nour party winning some 60 per cent of the votes cast. Future rounds of elections… Continue reading


How Do You Say Alea Iacta Est in Arabic?

30 January 2011 3:15

Like everyone else of sense, I’m wary of people who are too certain about anything that might happen next in Egypt. That suspicion certainly extends to my own opinions. I’m… Continue reading


Ken Livingstone stoops to new levels

23 May 2010 10:25

Thanks to Richard Millett who has alerted me to the latest outburst from Labour’s failed mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone on Irainian state-funded Press TV. In an interview with Andrew Gilligan,… Continue reading


Gita Sahgal: A Statement

7 February 2010 23:29

Gita Sahgal has now published a statement following her suspension from Amnesty International. I have seen it at Stroppyblog, but please circulate it as widely as possible. Gita has been… Continue reading


Amnesty International, Moazzam Begg and the Bravery of Gita Sahgal

7 February 2010 11:21

It is not often that my cynical jaw drops open at a story in the papers. But the piece on page 13 of the Sunday Times provoked just such a… Continue reading


Wodehouse on Islam4UK

12 January 2010 15:00

Not the Black Shorts but Anjem Choudary and the Black Tunics. As always, Wodehouse is our trusty guide: The trouble with you, Spode, is that just because you have succeeded… Continue reading


Progress On Our Pernicious Libel Laws

3 December 2009 17:31

It was great to see the cover story in Progress about this country’s pernicious libel laws. The magazine did well to commission Jonathan Heawood, the rather brilliant director of English… Continue reading


My BBC Radio 4 Analysis programme on Secrecy

25 October 2009 21:32

Can secrets ever be good for you? I used to describe myself as a “free speech fundamentalist” and believed that there were almost no circumstances in which official secrets should… Continue reading


What Am I Supposed to Say About This?

24 July 2009 22:22

It was with great sadness that I left the New Statesman. I always said it was a privilege to work as its political editor. I wish anyone who writes about… Continue reading


The Importance of Being Libelled

22 July 2009 9:02

There has been an interesting repsonse to my last post about the libel laws. "Engage", an organisation ostensibly committed to "promoting greater media awareness, political participation and civic engagement among… Continue reading