The new caste system

The new caste system

Writing at UnHerd, on the idea of flying over 90,000 eastern Europeans to pick fruit.

I miss the culture warriors

I miss the culture warriors

At UnHerd. Farewell to the Age of Narcissism.   

Small Men on the Wrong Side of History published today

Small Men on the Wrong Side of History published today

Available from Amazon  I’ll list any reviews that come in (while obviously just ignoring any bad ones) ‘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, Tablet ‘West’s book is part-autobiography, part-history, part-analysis of the present state… Read on

Small Men on the Wrong Side of History reviewed in the Sunday Times

An ‘insightful, poignant and at times hilarious book’, says Matthew Goodwin. Buy it here.

The strange twilight of British conservatism

The strange twilight of British conservatism

Small Men on the Wrong Side of History reviewed in Catholic Herald This latest book by Ed West comes, therefore, at an opportune time. Small Men on the Wrong Side of History is not a work of political philosophy, but an entertaining, wide-ranging defence and explanation of the conservative way of seeing the world. Alongside some fine knockabout polemic, there is a colourful and lively account of the development of conservatism as a coherent tradition, and… Read on

Why conservatism is doomed

Introducing my book on conservatism pessimism, Small Men on the Wrong Side of History

Why are kids’ books universally woke?

At UnHerd, on children’s books and how they’ve changed. To hear more lamentations about the good old days and how I used to wear an onion in my belt, you can pre-order Small Men on the Wrong Side of History here.

Will coronavirus change the world?

Will coronavirus change the world?

I have a piece at UnHerd on the Black Death and the impact of epidemics on culture and politics. (Obviously COV-19 is going to be somewhat worse than the refular flu, and not as bad as the Spanish flu, I think. I’m not saying it’s anything close to being as bad as plague or smallpox.) 

A short history of Lent (and how to survive it)

A short history of Lent (and how to survive it)

This first appeared in the March 2019 issue of The Field For millions of people around the world March 6 this year marks the start of a rather daunting six weeks of self-denial. To Christians Lent symbolises the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert after being baptised, where according to the Gospel of St Matthew he was ‘led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil’. And so it is a time for self-sacrifice,… Read on

Review of Tom Holland’s Dominion, the mega-long version

Review of Tom Holland’s Dominion, the mega-long version

My review of Tom Holland’s Dominion was published in the Catholic Herald back in October, but the book contained so much of interest I had a draft of 3,500 words before I had to cut it down, so here’s the full thing, if you have time on your hands. The Romans are the most ‘epic’ figures in history, as my young son says about anything he finds cool, exerting a… Read on