Tory Boy

Tory Boy

Tory Boy: Memoirs of the Last Conservative, originally published in 2020 in hardback as Small Men on the Wrong Side of History Reviews ‘Small Men provides 350-plus pages of serious, panoramic, nuanced commentary on how the great public arguments of our time have comes to pass’. Michael Duggan, Irish Examiner   ‘Witty and self-deprecating, West surveys the landscape with candour and humour if without much hope.’ Nick Spencer,… Read on

Iron, Fire and Ice

The book is on sale in the US for just $1.99 right now, but you can read a sample here: Pages from Iron Fire and Ice_INTERIOR

So far, 2020 has proved my most pessimistic expectations to be horribly true

So far, 2020 has proved my most pessimistic expectations to be horribly true

I’m at ConHome, writing about a terrible year it’s been so far. And how that proves me right etc.

2020 and the coming of neo-feudalism

2020 and the coming of neo-feudalism

At UnHerd, on the new caste system. 

Why the rich are revolting

Why the rich are revolting

At UnHerd, on the elite overproduction driving social unrest.

Don’t kid yourself — this isn’t 1968

Don’t kid yourself — this isn’t 1968

On the 2020 protests at UnHerd.  In contrast a number of people have lost their jobs just in the past few days for daring to question this progressive orthodoxy. As Scott Alexander wrote of the Great Awokening, the student protests in American universities like Yale, Missouri and Evergreen were not young people protesting against society’s norms or values. They were demanding that society adopts more of its norms, more stringently, and punishes people who… Read on

The terrible things that happen when you put writers in charge

The terrible things that happen when you put writers  in charge

This is a longer version of a review that appeared in the Catholic Herald, 18 July, 2020 Dictator Literature by Daniel Kalder One World£13.88 Daniel Kalder is a very funny writer who specialises in Russian history and literature and has an eye for dark humour, the latter probably a necessity for the former. His latest book is a work of literary criticism with an unusual twist, studying the output of Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler… Read on

The end of conservatism?

The end of conservatism?

I’m writing in this week’s Tablet (the liberal Catholic Tablet, that is, not the conservative Jewish Tablet) about the second reformation and why we’re losing. Did I mention I have a book out by the way?

Slowly but surely, Britain is turning into America

Slowly but surely, Britain is turning into America

At UnHerd, on the latest depressing political developments. I find the whole thing especially disturbing because I live not far from Cummings, in a neighbouring borough with a similar demographic profile; heavily Remain-voting, left-of-centre and filled with organic bakeries, hot yoga, independent coffee shops and all the other liberal elite status markers that conservative commentators affect to despise. I talk about the area in my book, which is partly about being a small-c… Read on

On health anxiety

On health anxiety

My piece at UnHerd on being a hypochondriac and why coronavirus is bringing it all back.