‘British values’ the new multiculturalism – Daily Express comment

In today’s paper: A genuinely liberal society does not actively “promote” any values, they stem from a shared culture and history which encourages compromise and moderation. It is only the stress of mass immigration and its mismanagement that has allowed the state to start imposing its views on its citizens including telling primary school children that they are offensively English. This is as un–British as it gets. The irony is that the hardline Islam being taught in Birmingham and the “British… Read on

From man’s sweat and God’s love, beer came into the world

I’m in The Field magazine this month, writing on the subject of saints of the countryside. Monks played a vital role in the development of agriculture, including brewing, which is why there are a number of saints associated with beer. One is St Amand (February 6), who lived from 584 to 679 and established numerous monasteries in what is now the Belgian/French border region, a prime beer-producing part of Europe where hops originated. Amand had been born in south-west… Read on

The Diversity Illusion in the papers this week

On Tuesday, Philip Johnston writing in the Telegraph: As Ed West observes in a new book, The Diversity Illusion, unprecedented levels of immigration may have been good for the middle classes and big business, both of whom can rely on cheap and highly motivated labour, but they have been much less beneficial among communities “forced to live in alien surroundings as part of some grand social experiment in which they had no say”. And on Thursday,Read on

This week at Spectator blogs: social justice warriors and boycotting the 2022 World Cup

Yesterday, on Social Justice Warriors and their recent setbacks. Without sounding like the Comical Ali of the Right, I think they’re losing. Social liberals inhabit what I think of as the ‘nice left’ and don’t like to confront issues where conflict is about the lesser of two evils, or which raise uncomfortable truths. People on the nice left will tend to support anything that a) makes them feel like they’re one of the good guys and b) doesn’t make them look… Read on

‘Community leader’, ‘call out’, ‘dreamer: The worst words and phrases in the English language

Today’s blogpost in the Spectator focuses on one of my favourite subjects: the politicisation of the English language. I’ve got a list as long as a small dictionary now, but any suggestions welcome.  

Doing the praying Brits won’t do: why the churches support immigration

Both the Anglican and Catholic churches think immigration will save them, immigrants doing the praying natives wont do. Figures released last week showed that Catholicism has only maintained its numbers because of migration; what none of the newspapers mentioned was that religious observance among the children of Christian immigrants drops to the same level as natives as they assimilate. It’s a spiritual ponzi scheme, just as immigration generally is an economic one; the children of eager Third World labourers will… Read on

The Diversity Illusion, second edition

The second edition of the book is finally available to order from here, (the new design looks a bit like… never mind). If you’re a parasitical journalist who wants a free copy so you can immediately sell on Amazon you can email the publisher media@gibsonsquare.com for a press copy, or email me here. The nice things people have said about the book and FAQ can be found here.    

Daily Express: ministers should be encouraged to speak their minds

I’m in the Express today writing about the manufactured outrage over Lord Freud’s comments.    

Sunday Telegraph: Grayson Perry proves that art and politics don’t mix

From The Sunday Telegraph, October 12, 2014 Why do we bother listening to what artists have to say about the world? This week, Grayson Perry – the cross-dressing winner of the Turner Prize – wrote a long essay in the New Statesman, in which he railed against something called “Default man”. By this he meant “white, middle-class, heterosexual men, usually middle-aged”. These people, Perry wrote, “with their colourful textile phalluses hanging round their necks” (also known as ties) have “othered”… Read on

Daily Telegraph: Life is so much better with our elders around

From the Daily Telegraph, October 2, 2014 Pope Francis, the world’s most popular septuagenarian, held an event at the weekend for thousands of the elderly and their grandchildren, where he said: “A people that doesn’t take care of its grandparents and treat them well is a people with no future.” He’s right, and as a father of three young children who still relies on the elders, I can only say that when it comes to grandparents, my generation doesn’t know… Read on