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demo Britain 

Bigotry is not only free but costly

The antisemitism crisis rolls on. Ken Livingstone has doubled down on his remarks about Hitler and Zionism. Members of the National Union of Students have been outed for sending offensive tweets about Jews. Campus meetings regularly spout hideous lies and libels about Israel. Many of us are horrified that these things are being allowed to be said at all. They are racist, prejudiced, bigoted, offensive and hurtful. Views like these should be utterly beyond the pale. Really? At the same time, many of us are horrified at the way points…

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palestine Britain 

The British Foreign Office remains true to type

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, appears to be a genuine supporter of Israel. In which case she needs to address the fact that her Foreign Office is not. The Palestinians have been demanding that the British government apologise for the 1917 Balfour Declaration which supported “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people”. This declaration was embodied in the 1922 Mandate under which Britain accepted the administration of Palestine and the obligation to settle the Jews there. The demand for an apology led to a…

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police Britain 

If black lives matter then use stop and search

For years, stop and search has been intensely controversial as the policy that disproportionately targeted black boys. It was therefore brandished as proof positive that the British police were institutionally racist. Of the 27 teenagers who died as a result of knife attacks in London over the past two years, most were black or from an ethnic minority background. In other words, rather than stop and search disproportionately targeting black boys, reducing the use of this power means black boys become disproportionately targeted as the victims of violent crime. Isn’t…

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shoki Britain 

Mrs May rides the tiger

Who would have thought that Theresa May was a risk-taker? The ultra-cautious, careful, circumspect British Prime Minister has just caught everyone by surprise by declaring a snap general election for June 8. Various commentators have jumped to the conclusion that, with the Conservatives now 20 points ahead of the Labour Party in the polls, Mrs May is merely playing a political game she cannot lose. On the contrary: she has surely taken a mighty risk. True, the Labour party currently resembles a piece of wreckage floating inexorably out to sea….

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le-carre Britain 

Let’s hope the new Smiley doesn’t betray us

The legendary spy George Smiley is to return this autumn in a new John le Carre novel. This finest of all le Carre’s characters confronts what is still the great question of our time: how to fight great evil without losing our moral compass. The problem is that the moral ambiguity at the heart of Smiley’s circle has paralysed the west in real life too. To read my whole column in The Times, please click here (subscription only).

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demo Britain 

The Hamas Formulation

Why is everyone so shocked by the Labour party’s decision not to expel Ken Livingstone? I wasn’t the slightest bit surprised. Indeed, I would have been amazed had it done so. Of course, his claim that Hitler had supported Zionism was a grotesque and profoundly Jew-bashing untruth. The only overtures between Zionists and the Nazis were for the Jews a desperate manoeuvre to save some from extermination, and for the Nazis a way of getting rid of them. The ludicrous claim that Hitler supported the national self-determination of the very…

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commune Britain 

Identity politics madness is no longer a joke

“Coerced virtue” lies at the heart of all contemporary ideologies: moral and cultural relativism, multiculturalism, environmentalism, anti-racism, feminism and others which now dominate and shape western culture. The university should be the crucible of ideas and the exercise of reason. It is instead turning into an instrument for the closing of the western mind. To read my entire column in The Times of London, please click here (subscription only)

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joshua Britain 

Brexit? For national self-determination, look back to Jexit

The die is now cast. On Wednesday of this week the British prime minister, Theresa May, triggered Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, the start of the process by which the UK will exit the EU. Britain and the EU now enter stormy and uncharted waters. A geopolitical divorce on this scale is unprecedented and much remains contestable and unknown. Underlying the specifics remains the big issue dividing those who wanted to remain in the EU – and who still hope the referendum result can somehow be reversed…

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qt Britain Videos 

Question Time Brexit special

I took part last night in a marathon 90-minute BBC1 Question Time Brexit special. My fellow panellists were the Brexit Secretary David Davis, former LibDem leader Nick Clegg, Labour’s Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer, former Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond and UKIP’s Suzanne Evans. Watch me here cause some excitement when I said there was no such thing as “hard” or “soft” Brexit, only Brexit. To watch the whole show, click here.

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