swallows USA 

Trump was never an isolationist but a patriot

Two swallows don’t make a summer, and two military attacks in the space of a few days don’t mean a flip-flop in strategy. After his missile attack on a Syrian air base, President Trump ordered an attack on an Isis recruitment complex in Afghanistan using the Massive Ordnance Air Blast – known colloquially (and inevitably) as the Mother of All Bombs – to obliterate an estimated 36 jihadis and destroy their underground base. As I wrote in my Jerusalem Post column today, both the President’s enemies and his supporters greeted…

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blake USA 

The west’s ideological quagmire

The US Tomahawk missile attack on a Syrian airfield and the reaction it provoked took the fledgling Trump presidency into new territory. The raid provoked general amazement, since in 2013 and 2014 Donald Trump repeatedly tweeted that the US should not bomb Syria. The US president, however, not infrequently reverses himself. What was different this time was the reaction. For once, the division over the Syria missile attack did not lie between pro- and anti-Trumpers. Those delighted by it were ideological interventionists on both Left and Right, as well as…

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heads-in-sand Videos 

Facing reality (or not) on both sides of the pond

Join me as I discuss with Avi Abelow of Israel Video Network whether President Trump’s Syria policy has now changed, as well as the British Labour party’s continuing agony (and hypocrisy) over antisemitism. #golive with @MelanieLatest on #Trump & #Syria as well as @ken4london & #antisemitism in the Labor party! https://t.co/UdwtHkukgc — Avi Abelow (@AviAbelow) April 9, 2017

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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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swamp USA Videos 

The swamp grows more fetid by the day

Please join me here for my take on recent developments in the ever-more startling and worrying drama of Trump and the Washington swamp. The transcript of my remarks follows below the video. You know, if I hadn’t seen the unending denial and resistance of those in Britain who are dead against Britain’s exit from the European Union and want to stop it even now, I’d never have believed the extent and nature of the unremitting attempts to delegitimise and unseat in some way President Donald Trump. Even so, I find…

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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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