The Spectator Book Club podcast: are conservatives doomed?

The Spectator Book Club podcast: are conservatives doomed?

Yes, obviously. 

The things we do for love

The things we do for love

At UnHerd, writing in favour of arranged marriages. One small illustration of the social values of the age comes via a poem celebrating William Marshal, a tournament star and member of Eleanor’s entourage. Marshal went on to serve four kings and helped save Magna Carta, becoming the epitome of medieval chivalry and also providing the inspiration for A Knight’s Tale and Ser Barristan the… Read on

True-Born Englishmen

True-Born Englishmen

At UnHerd, on that whole Horrible Histories Brexit thing and the internet’s worst and weirdest anti-nationalist argument.

War! Famine! Plague!

War! Famine! Plague!

The 14th century had it all. On special offer on kindle offer in the United States, Canada and Britain.

Declining institutions >>> more unbalanced people in power

Declining institutions >>> more unbalanced people in power

At UnHerd We fight over these issues because the decline of formal institutions has made it far easier for extremely dysfunctional people with personality disorders to rise to positions of power. If you look at medieval history, for example, it’s filled with extremely popular preachers who were able to attract large numbers of people. These men and women — people like Peter the Hermit, for instance — were very charismatic but also extremely unbalanced, extreme… Read on

Poem of the month: The War-song of Dinas Vawr

Poem of the month: The War-song of Dinas Vawr

Shamed by my lack of poetry knowledge – especially compared to niall_gooch – I’ve decided to try learning a poem a month. Not sure how far I will get, but this month – and only because I read about it in Christopher Caldwell’s new book – I’m going for “The War-song of Dinas Vawr”. The poem comes from The Misfortunes of Elphin, Thomas Love Peacock’s Victorian romance about sub-Roman Britain and the clash of warlords in… Read on

My articles for @UnHerd

My articles for @UnHerd

February 11 Why arranged marriages make sense January 22, 2020 Everything You Know about Europe is Wrong December 11, 2019 Why Tories are becoming extinct November 27 Britain’s Divisions go way back November 15 Why child labour beats school October 21 Harry Potter and the importance of soft power October 2 Brexit… Read on

Everything you know about Europe is wrong

Everything you know about Europe is wrong

Me at UnHerd on why Brits of both a Leaver and Remainer tendencey are very insular.

Elites don’t preach what they practise

At UnHerd Another paradox is that the more globally-minded internationalist urban elite are also very attached to their neighbourhoods, which tend to be sociable and high in trust. In contrast, the most rooted parts of England often have the lowest level of social capital and little involvement in neighbourhood social organisations (parental investment in school activities would be the best measurement of this). These are the “culturally conservative” areas which tended to vote Brexit and recently… Read on

What’s the matter with Bolsover?

At UnHerd, on how it’s historically hard for the rulers to rule if the ruled have a different religion. Centuries earlier Egypt fell to the Arabs partly because there was such bitter divisions between its Byzantine Greek rulers, who were orthodox Catholic and followed the Council of Chalcedon, and the Egyptian Copts, who were Miaphysites. In contrast, for example, the Normans in England were pretty brutal but within a short space of time had intermarried with… Read on