Pity the women locked in with their abusers

27 Mar

Go home! Stay home! Don’t go out unless you have to! It is sound and welcome advice for most people in a global pandemic. But there’s one group in whom it will have inspired nothing but despair — all those at risk of domestic violence. Why do 999 calls shoot up at Christmas and in […]

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How society can survive Covid-19

26 Mar

A fortnight ago, the Chancellor pledged the NHS “whatever it needs, whatever it costs” for the fight against Covid-19. Then, a week later, the Prime Minister promised to do “whatever it takes” to support businesses through the crisis — announcing measures that will virtually underwrite the entire economy for the next quarter. Now the time […]

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Will the pandemic kill off libertarianism?

25 Mar

Why won’t people stay at home? Why did the Government have to order the pubs to close to stop people huddling together in the sweaty bundles of humanity that Covid-19 loves so much? When and if the coronavirus crisis is contained, there will be many reckonings and re-evaluations, not least about the relationship between the […]

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It’s make or break time for Boris

20 Mar

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. After winning the largest majority for any political party since 2001 Boris Johnson was, by now, supposed to be well on his way to redefining Brexit Britain. In some alternate reality we are all sat on Twitter debating the early ingredients of ‘Johnson-ism’: reform the civil service; ‘level-up’ […]

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We don’t deserve our wretched media class

16 Mar

The Times, this morning: “Boris Johnson will attempt to wrest back control of the coronavirus crisis today after No 10 was stung by criticism of its performance and the death toll rose to 35.” One small sentence, of the sort your eye glides over daily by the bucketload in our wonderful British press. Let’s take […]

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We don’t deserve our wretched media class

16 Mar

The Times, this morning: “Boris Johnson will attempt to wrest back control of the coronavirus crisis today after No 10 was stung by criticism of its performance and the death toll rose to 35.” One small sentence, of the sort your eye glides over daily by the bucketload in our wonderful British press. Let’s take […]

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Tory voters say no to ‘Singapore-on-Thames’

11 Mar

The buzzphrase of the 2019 general election was the Red Wall — a set of parliamentary constituencies in the North of England and Midlands which historically supported the Labour Party. This was Labour’s heartland, seats it could almost always rely on to provide the core of its parliamentary support — especially since it lost Scotland […]

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Why conservatism is doomed

9 Mar

I had mixed feelings about the election result last December. On the one hand, I wouldn’t be working on a collective farm along with all the other useless intellectuals who had displeased our new communist masters. On the other, I had a book coming out arguing that conservatism was doomed, and here they were, winning […]

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