Has Vince lost his marbles?

Has Vince Cable lost his marbles? I ask this coyly, as I’d initially sat down to write about how the general election and EU referendum had exacerbated already questionable attitudes to older people in this country. But some of the Lib Dem leader-in-waiting’s comments got me wondering whether there wasn’t something to them. I’d initially…

Unplugged bliss

Sir, Like Emma Duncan I took a break from my iPhone while visiting family over Christmas (“This plugged-in life is the enemy of thought”, Comment, June 29). The benefits were so immediately obvious that I now rarely use social media at all. I was particularly glad to be rid of the cacophonous clutter of Facebook,…

Could Moggmania be the antidote to Corbynmania?

One of the most ironic outcomes of what was a truly bizarre general election campaign was that a contest which was supposed to be all about Brexit ended up being all about leadership qualities. Theresa May revealed she had none while Jeremy Corbyn suddenly found a stash. As a result the Conservatives are now in perilous…

Goodbye tolerance, hello thought police

‘In the end, the Labour party could cease to represent labour. Stranger historic ironies have happened than that.’ So predicted Enoch Powell in 1968, a time when Harold Wilson’s party had just begun to introduce right-on luvvie liberalism alongside its rapidly dating economic socialism. Fast-forward half a century and YouGov now says age is a more reliable indicator…

Sorry, Mrs Clegg, international trade is ‘back to front’

Miriam González Durántez, who in less enlightened times would have been known as Mrs Nick Clegg, used a column in George Osborne’s revanchist Evening Standard shortly before the general election to ‘school’ (as publishers of YouTube videos so love to say) Theresa May on the complexities of international trade ahead of her expected lead in the forthcoming Brexit…

Narrowing poll leads no problem for the Tories, probably

Theresa May’s public meltdown from ‘strong and stable’ juggernaut to ‘weak and wobbly’ Lada has been the unintentional focus of this general election campaign but, with the money still on a majority of some sort, we can at least be grateful it’s happening at all. Sir Vince Cable’s savage takedown of Gordon Brown’s transformation ‘from…

Is Islam really the ‘religion of peace’?

On Sunday, in the hours after the London Bridge attack, Christians celebrated Pentecost – recalling when the Holy Spirit inspired the Apostles to come out of hiding and proclaim the Good News. In light of the terrorist atrocity, my parish priest spoke on the fruits of this Spirit – love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,…

Harry and the magical manifesto

Harry Styles’ declaration in The Sunday Times that he will vote ‘for whoever is against Brexit’ on the basis that ‘the world should be more about being together and being better together and joining together, and I think it’s the opposite of that,’ seemed to confirm much of what I was seeing on the anti-Brexit…

Low wage tax haven? Worked for Singapore

You have to pity those poor Spaniards. As propitiatory sacrifices to euromoloch, their unemployment rate remains stubbornly around the 18 per cent mark a full decade after the financial crisis, and most of their young people now seem to be making lattes for Londoners. In Britain, we complain about the poor Iberian harvest leaving supermarkets…

The EU’s ‘unequal treaties’

One of the more colourful episodes of British imperialism – and, let’s face it, there’s a lot to choose from – took place around the ‘misspent youth’ of empire at the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign – when its full might was put behind the somewhat embarrassing pursuit of drug-pushing. In 1839 China’s Daoguang Emperor…

Why I’m taking a step back from Conservatives for Liberty

Conservatives for Liberty is a little like Her Majesty in that we have two birthdays per year. In October, we mark our 2013 launch event, in which our president Daniel Hannan spoke to 100 (mostly young) Conservatives in the upper room of the Barley Mow. But there’s also a quieter milestone in March. This marks…

Can Labour survive this general election?

‘There are times, perhaps once every thirty years, when there is a sea-change in politics,’ reflected James Callaghan in 1979, conscious he was about to be turfed out of Number 10. He didn’t know the half of it. While Margaret Thatcher’s election did herald the end of the post-war consensus, it kept the Conservative/Labour ‘mould’…