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Freedom vs. privacy

Freedom vs. privacy

March 19, 2015 at 3:15 pm 1 comment

“Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one,” wrote Benjamin Franklin. In common with most pronouncements by Enlightenment thinkers, this is a pithy, epigrammatic phrase. There’s only one problem. It’s not true. Moreover, it’s rather the opposite of truth, and was so evenRead More

Perfect time to remove sanctions on Putin

Perfect time to remove sanctions on Putin

March 19, 2015 at 3:02 pm 0 comments

I, along no doubt with Peter Hitchens, have heaved a sigh of relief. For a while there I was genuinely concerned about Vlad’s continued good health, what with his having taken 10 days out of his public life. That disappearance act gave rise to all sorts of rumours, ranging fromRead More

The destructiveness of the Islamic State

The destructiveness of the Islamic State

March 13, 2015 at 7:32 pm 0 comments

The Islamic State has just blown up a 10th century Chaldean Catholic church in Iraq and bulldozed a nearby graveyard. Of course, multi-culti rectitude demands that we, well, if not exactly applaud such cultural self-expression, then at least acknowledge its validity. Yes, we disagree with such vandalism and would neverRead More

Who says Labour can’t come up with ground-breaking ideas?

Who says Labour can’t come up with ground-breaking ideas?

March 3, 2015 at 7:08 pm 0 comments

Certainly not me. Not any longer, at any rate, and I regret having in the past described the Labour party as a collection of openly subversive nincompoops. For the ex-minister David Lammy, MP, hasn’t just proposed a change in law. What he has come up with is nothing less thanRead More

Chalk another one up for Peter Hitchens’s darling

Chalk another one up for Peter Hitchens’s darling

March 2, 2015 at 8:42 pm 0 comments

How many crimes does Putin have to commit before our ‘conservatives’ and ‘libertarians’ realise he and his regime are indeed criminal? There is no limit, I’m afraid, as there is no limit to people’s idiocy – especially when it’s propped up by strident ideology. Putin is self-admittedly proud of beingRead More

We are at Putin’s mercy

We are at Putin’s mercy

February 20, 2015 at 3:52 pm 3 comments

Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon put it in a nutshell: “I very much doubt whether the UK could sustain a shooting war against Russia.” Air Commodore Andrew Lambert concurs: “If the Russians turned up the heat, we would struggle badly.” No wonder. Since 2010 HMG has cut £4.7 billionRead More

Fallon’s talk on Putin is tough – and cheap

Fallon’s talk on Putin is tough – and cheap

February 19, 2015 at 6:05 pm 1 comment

Putin poses a ‘real and present danger’ to the Baltic states and therefore to Nato, says the Defence Secretary. Nato, according to him, is getting ready to repel any aggression. The first part of the statement is easy to welcome. The second is hard to believe. The welcome part isRead More

Piers Morgan and anti-Semitism

Piers Morgan and anti-Semitism

February 18, 2015 at 4:11 pm 0 comments

“Jews didn’t desert New York after 9/11 so why on earth does Netanyahu want them to run away now?” asks one of our more objectionable columnists. In other words, he fails to see the difference between flying planes into buildings full of multi-national, multi-cultural and multi-confessional victims, and attacks thatRead More

Lent according to Radio 4

Lent according to Radio 4

February 18, 2015 at 1:09 pm 0 comments

I can manage only so much spiritual exaltation at a quarter to eight in the morning, so that’s why I needed a second cup of tea before listening to Lucy Winkett deliver her oxymoronically titled Thought for the Day. It began with that infantile pedagogical device, so beloved of theRead More

Even Labour’s truths are lies

Even Labour’s truths are lies

February 18, 2015 at 12:11 pm 0 comments

The Bank of America estimated last week that, if a Labour-led coalition takes over in May, our economic growth will screech to a halt and foreign investors will lose confidence. “In a nutshell,” the report concluded, “the UK would look increasingly like France.” Now, considering that France’s growth rate isRead More