Unfortunately celebrity endorsements really do matter

At the Spectator, on the importance of celebrity backing for political parties: As Ara Norenzayan points out in Big Gods, his study of the evolution of successful religions, societies tend to follow the faith of high-prestige men and women: ‘People also care deeply about what the prestigious or successful individuals in their local societies believe, and often selectively adopt beliefs or behaviours from these potent cultural models.’ Faiths, therefore, ‘get a big boost in the cultural marketplace if they… Read on

Don’t get angry at Katie Hopkins if you don’t support policies that could save migrants

From Spectator blogs April 20, 2015   The latest issue of The Spectator carries an interesting piece by James Bartholomew on ‘virtue signalling’, the bane of social media and political debate; that is, people expressing how ruddy good they are by telling the world how much they hate bad things like Ukip and the Daily Mail. He writes: ‘It’s noticeable how often virtue signalling consists of saying you hate things. It is camouflage. The emphasis on… Read on