BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN I attended a meeting the other day at which a very wrong yet erudite man was present. When he spoke, I personally enjoyed the beautiful words tumbling from his lips and the obvious depth of his thinking. With the various literary references embedded in his arguments I was happily reminded of books I had long forgotten. I walked away from that meeting … Continue reading Identity Politics is Bollocks
BY SAM HOOPER Britain will always be home to me. I will never renounce my citizenship, even though I will now proudly take American citizenship and become a joint citizen of the other country to which I feel love and loyalty when I become eligible to do so. But speaking strictly from the perspective of someone who thinks about policy and writes about politics more … Continue reading Sam’s Lament
BY JAMIE FOSTER Jeremy Corbyn is a pacifist. That is to say he opposes any military action taken by Britain or the United States under any circumstances. He is not a pacifist to the extent that it causes him to criticise Russia or Syria for their military action, but he does not want Britain or the US to take any military action at all. His … Continue reading Corbyn’s Impotent Britain
BY JOHN ISMAEL Corbyn’s Labour’s abject failures of recent weeks have exposed their true colours: anti-Semitic, America/Britain-hating, dismissive of all military action (making redundant the UK’s military and nuclear deterrent) and scarily incapable of saying anything bad about Russia. Their stances on both the Skripal poisoning and Syria attack are risible. Time-travel this rabble back to 1940 and they’d be lined up against a wall … Continue reading Takes One To Know One
BY JAMIE FOSTER There are almost no occasions I can recall openly agreeing with Labour’s Barry Gardiner about anything. If you wait long enough everything happens, eventually. His recent remarks to a think tank that Sinn Fein and the Irish Government are playing up fears of the effect of Brexit on the question of the Irish border and the Good Friday Agreement are spot on. … Continue reading Gardiner Miraculously Hits a Nail
BY ALEXIA JAMES Christine Lagarde – the French lawyer and politician who has been the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since July 2011 – tends to snap up top jobs. She is an inspiration to women everywhere, especially those who complain about the glass ceiling for women in the workplace. Previously, Lagarde was the first female chair of the international law firm … Continue reading Lagarde for BoE? Non!
BY JOHN ISMAEL News that Jeremy Corbyn will sit down with Jewish Leaders makes me chuckle. I can imagine some of those leaders who show up will make the Labour Leader squirm and simply make an appearance to make him feel that bit more uncomfortable and awkward. Everyone knows Labour’s (let us stick with this word even though the Labour Party used to be nothing … Continue reading Labour’s Terminal Antisemitism
BY SAM HOOPER Many so-called liberals are great at diagnosing destructive political tribalism when it manifests in other people, but are often blind to the same pathologies within their own ranks. I wrote a long piece earlier this month about deepening political tribalism as it relates to Brexit. After the piece was serialised in Country Squire Magazine, much of the pushback I received from the usual suspects within the … Continue reading Remoan Tribe’s Scapegoat Mania
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN I meet lots of Brexiteers and I meet lots of Remainers. I occasionally meet the odd remoaner but they are a dying breed, except on Twitter. Like those who grumbled about German reunification in 1990, they are a group that no doubt will eventually fade away as economic triumphs repeatedly quell their sympathisers’ fears. Behind the Brexit hubbub – in the real … Continue reading Britzerland?