Ed West

Ed West is the author of The Diversity Illusion, 1215 and All That and is writing a series of books on medieval history

Could a big Tory victory make a soft Brexit more likely?

18 April 2017 17:27

Whatever happens in the forthcoming general election, no day of social media can ever compete with the dizzying heights of…

Forget fake news. The bigger problem is misleading news

3 April 2017 16:29

The way that ‘fake news’ became an overnight crisis is telling; just as progressive ideas were being rejected by voters…

Now is not a good time to be making enemies

31 March 2017 10:47

I always thought leaving the EU would be a cause for celebration, but the sight of Donald Tusk accepting the…

History teaches us that Brexit will be okay in the end. Probably.

29 March 2017 11:35

Happy Brexit Day everyone. I guess we’ll be okay in the long term. March 29th is the bloodiest day in…

Around the world, Westminster is a byword for political moderation

23 March 2017 12:46

As many people have remarked, a terror attack in the centre of London was expected at some point, although it…

An independent London would be a Thatcherite dystopia

22 March 2017 13:17

Tottenham MP David Lammy has been writing in the Evening Standard about how it makes sense now for London to…

Classical architecture makes us happy. So why not build more of it?

15 March 2017 11:01

The key to a happy life, it’s been discovered, is living near to Georgian architecture and a Waitrose. Bath, York,…

Why do so many French youngsters support Marine Le Pen?

9 March 2017 15:14

I’m very sceptical of the idea that the younger generation are more conservative than their elders, and that this makes conservatism…

The hypocrisy of pro-Union Brexiteers

2 March 2017 14:46

There’s something quite romantic about the idea of a real border between Scotland and England, which a government minister warns…

Across the West, working-class voters are abandoning the Left

28 February 2017 13:58

Imagine going back twenty years in a time machine, when a young Tony Blair was about to be swept to…

Brexit isn’t to blame for the Polish exodus

23 February 2017 13:03

I guess the hate crime epidemic that gripped Britain after Brexit hasn’t put that many people off, with new figures…

Ken Loach’s Bafta’s diatribe shows he is stuck in the past

13 February 2017 10:49

Ken Loach, who seems to defy the rule that you get more right-wing as you get older, used his Bafta acceptance…

Airbnb relies on discrimination. So why is it so bothered by Trump’s travel ban?

6 February 2017 13:17

Much of the fiercest opposition to the Trump regime has come from large corporations. The most recent example is Airbnb, whose…

Has the term ‘British’ lost all meaning?

29 January 2017 9:05

We’ve been filling in our son’s school application form this week. Below his name, date of birth and gender –…

A female culture war has begun

27 January 2017 10:58

I didn’t go on the women’s march last weekend, and it’s not the kind of thing I’d go to. However,…

It’s easy to forget how unnatural it is to tolerate views we disagree with

22 January 2017 15:30

Among the words and phrases I’d be quite happy to never hear of again in 2017 is ‘Alt-Right’, up there…

An ‘Anglican Brexit’ is Britain’s best hope

16 January 2017 13:03

One of the many admirable aspects of Japanese culture is that they have developed strong taboos against triumphalism in politics.…

The truth behind Germany’s ‘Mein Kampf’ sales boom

5 January 2017 15:47

A dead white man called Adolf Hitler has sold nearly 100,000 copies of his memoir, Mein Kampf, since a new edition was…

Star Wars is the perfect analogy for the decline of America

31 December 2016 12:01

Star Wars is a generational thing and older people think my cohort are mentally subnormal for enjoying it, but it’s…

How the Catholic Church created democracy

24 December 2016 12:00

Going to spend Christmas with relatives you don’t really like? Well, you can thank God you only have to see…

Germany is facing a ticking time bomb of rage

21 December 2016 12:01

I’ve learned that it’s best not to say anything about a terrorist atrocity on social media, especially not if it…

Why Putin keeps winning the ideological war

16 December 2016 8:26

I have no idea whether Russia successfully interfered in the US election; I imagine it’s one of those situations where…

‘British values’ are a load of old codswallop

7 December 2016 14:10

Sometimes a combination of news stories crop up that so perfectly sum up the spirit of the age, its absurdities…

Is democracy in danger?

3 December 2016 9:30

Is democracy in danger? This is the belief of a Harvard lecturer called Yascha Mounk whose thesis was profiled in…

You can be against the ‘elite’ and still be rich and privileged

16 November 2016 14:46

Many people have remarked that the image of Donald Trump and Nigel Farage posing by the former’s golden elevator doors…