BY SAM HOOPER Warning of economic Armageddon didn’t work, and nor did peddling ludicrous conspiracy theories about government perfidy. So now, prominent Remainer opinion-setters are resorting to tear-stained pleas that Brexit is so personally stressful as to be injurious to their mental health. One of the more annoying aspects of modern political journalism is the way that those who cover events increasingly seek to insert … Continue reading Brexit Derangement Syndrome
BY SAM HOOPER The marginalisation of people and the marginalisation of supposedly harmful ideas are very different phenomena, and the continued existence of the former neither requires nor excuses the latter. Rod Dreher had a great reflection about who and what viewpoints in our present society are truly marginalised. Unsurprisingly, he is of the opinion that the side which bleats the loudest about its vulnerability and … Continue reading Who Is Truly Marginalised?
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 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 SAM HOOPER Perhaps the most galling spectacle in the run-up to the EU referendum was the sight of numerous Conservative MPs and government ministers who had built their careers on a foundation of avowed euroscepticism (and often only won selection as a candidate after professing dislike of the Brussels to their local constituency associations) meekly fall in line with prime minister David Cameron’s campaign … Continue reading Brexit & The Corridors of Power
BY SAM HOOPER It’s great that Universities Minister Sam Gyimah is embarking on a tour of university campuses to spread and defend the Conservative message in traditionally hostile territory. Now we just need the government to come up with a conservative platform that’s actually worth defending. Sam Gyimah appears to be on manoeuvres. Writing in the Times, the Minister for Higher Education announces his intention to take … Continue reading Conservative Platform Required