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

Even if the Tories win, they face trouble ahead

Me at UnHerd, my usual optimistic outlook for the future. Book proofs of Small Men on the Wrong Side of History will be going out soon so email or DM me if you want a copy.

Britain’s divisions go way, way back

The Norman legacy has not died out on this side of the Irish Sea, either. As late as 1800 people with Norman surnames were eight times as likely to be MPs than the general population but even today people whose paternal ancestors won in 1066 tend to be richer than the poor Saxons. As Gerald Grosvenor, the late Duke of Westminster put it, when asked by a young journalist what advice he’d give to young entrepreneurs… Read on

My plan for a better Britain: Bring back child labour

At UnHerd, on why children are sometimes better off learning in the workplace.

The EU hankers more for empire than Brexiteers do

At UnHerd. I don’t necessarily mean that as a bad thing, either. And if you want to read more about early medieval Europe, my book is on special offer right now.

My one-man campaign to rebuild Euston Station

Five demolished buildings we should be rebuilding.

If you don’t like the Religious Right, you’re really not going to like the Irreligious Right.

At UnHerd. 

What will singleton society do to politics?

At UnHerd. 

Harry Potter and the importance of soft power

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