Persecuted Muslims Who Love Life in England

Persecuted Muslims Who Love Life in England

As Friday prayers end thousands of believers stream out of the mosque. Keen-eyed men with Pashtun cheekbones hover by a convoy of cars, many of them wearing the traditional hats of Pakistan’s North-West Frontier province. Were it not for the Tube depot in the background, one could be in that exotic land with its long and sometimes unhappy links with Britain. Departing last, and driven safely away, is Hadhrat Mizra Masroor Ahmad, the fifth leader of the worldwide Ahmadiyya community…. Read on

Why we need to start discriminating again

Why we need to start discriminating again

The European Court of Justice has ruled that Britain and Ireland cannot return asylum seekers to Greece because their human rights would be jeopardised. An Afghan had challenged a British decision to remove him to the first safe country he had arrived in, and the court stated that “an asylum seeker may not be transferred to a member state where he risks being subjected to inhuman treatment.” The case is significant because the convention on refugees has always been that… Read on

Britain will never have a Mediterranean drinking culture

Britain will never have a Mediterranean drinking culture

One of the many things I prefer about being in France to England, along with the superior food, beautiful architecture and even more beautiful language, is their civilised attitude to alcohol – cheap, freely available and not used by the authorities as an excuse to constantly tell the population how horrible and rubbish they are. So on one level the letter by medical experts urging the Government to take “bold action” by bringing in minimum prices for drinks should leave… Read on

Church as state

Church as state

The Canadian-born, British-educated, American-based Mark Steyn is the biggest of the big beasts of the Anglosphere conservative commentariat. He is one of the wittiest, most original and erudite of writers of this era, even if one of the more pessimistic. As one of the reviews of his last book put it, he’s the only person who can make the impending apocalypse laugh-outloud funny. That publication, America Alone, looked at the demographic implosion facing most of the western world; the sequel… Read on

Five Things that have changed Britain utterly

Five Things that have changed Britain utterly

Several Sundays ago, two sweet-looking, middle-aged women appeared at our front door in quick succession. The first handed me a colourful brochure promising an end to all suffering and, so long as we stuck by the tenets of her faith, eternal joy. A few minutes later, a second, wearing a red rosette, handed me leaflets promising an end to child poverty, inequality, the gender gap and racial division. Soon after, the failure of the end of the world to materialise… Read on

It is television, not just the people who make it, which has a Left-wing bias

It is television, not just the people who make it, which has a Left-wing bias

Personally I can spot Left-wing bias on the side of a cereal packet, but I doff my cap to Ben Shapiro, the US conservative who has written a new book outlining the secret Left-wing messages that have been “pumped out” by television programmes such as Friends, Sesame Street and Happy Days. According to this paper: Conservative columnist and author Ben Shapiro accused television executives and writers of pushing a liberal agenda in several high profile American television entertainment shows. His… Read on

Why do women columnists attract so much more hatred than men?

Why do women columnists attract so much more hatred than men?

It’s mysterious how few people on Twitter have commented on Melanie Phillips’ latest article. She writes: For during the past seven days, I have been ­subjected to an ­extraordinarily vicious outpouring of hate and incitement to violence, via email, the internet and in the mainstream media, and much worse besides. Apologies if the hideous and obscene ­language shocks some readers, but examples of such tweets included: ‘Someone just kill Melanie Phillips please’; ‘your homo­phobic rant equals that which comes… Read on

Imagine a world without America – a terrible prospect

Imagine a world without America – a terrible prospect

Imagine a world in which McDonalds has not been invented. A world without Coca-Cola, Burger King, Gap, MTV, Hollywood blockbusters, hip-hop, Marlboro, cocaine, nuclear weapons, the Iraq War or Sarah Palin. It’s a tempting proposition. Ever since the attacks on the United States almost a decade ago the world’s policeman has become increasingly unpopular, not just in the tough neighbourhoods between Morocco and Pakistan but also in the middle class suburbs of western Europe. Not only is the United States consistently… Read on

‘Tolerating intolerance is not a virtue’ 



‘Tolerating intolerance is not a virtue’ 



Slight of build and 

dressed in the stylish manner of the European-influenced Arab middle class, Nonie Darwish could be any wealthy Levantine in Paris or west London. 

But behind the veneer of Egyptian elegance is a onewoman anti-jihad machine, a Christian convert from Islam, founder of a group called Former Muslims United and author of two books highly critical of Sharia law, Arab policy towards Israel and Islamists’ ambitions for global conquest. Darwish is often compared to Ayaan Hirsi Ali,… Read on

Goodbye to the only kids who didn’t say ‘f***’

Goodbye to the only kids who didn’t say ‘f***’

So, like a senile old mangy cat with one eye and a line of spit hanging from its mouth, Grange Hill is finally going to be put out of its misery, with a pat on the head, a loving stroke of the back, and a kindly but still lethal injection. I was too young for the golden age of the show, so I never witnessed Tucker Jenkins or Gripper Stebson until repeats years later. Mine was the silver age of… Read on