Whatever happened to neoconservatism?

Whatever happened to neoconservatism?

In yesterday’s Observer Nick Cohen made an admirably un-crowd-pleasing call for intervention in Syria, citing my colleague Michael Weiss’s proposal for helping opposition forces in that country. He wrote: Intervention to stop a regional war carries vast risks. But we should be honest about the consequences of acquiescing to Assad. A failed state and nest for terrorism will sit on the edge of the Mediterranean. Foreign mercenaries and Alawite paramilitaries will continue to massacre a largely defenceless population and the… 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

The euro delusion – goodbye to the third stupid, utopian idea of the last century

The euro delusion – goodbye to the third stupid, utopian idea of the last century

Little Englanders, xenophobes, eccentric constitutionalists, men of intellectual violence, extremists, Europhobes, even Mosleyites – Eurosceptics been called everything. So if long-standing opponents of the EU are starting to sound a little tedious in their denunciations of “the Guilty Men” who tried to push Britain into the euro, forgive us. But when the entire political class of our continent has got such an important issue so utterly wrong it’s not something that should be brushed aside. And when the establishment has… 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