Enemy at the Gates

Babylon was conquered by the Persians; Rome was conquered by the Goths; Communism was conquered by Capitalism. All empires fall. All civilising projects come to an end. As our statues fall one-by-one the world over, the civilising mission ushered in by the Renaissance and the Enlightenment enters its final hour. The old guard, armed with … Continue reading Enemy at the Gates

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The Dark Strain of Democracy

A few weeks ago on the political programme Question Time an audience member had to be ejected by the host David Dimbleby after refusing to stop heckling. This week the judge chosen to head the Grenfell Tower Inquiry faced calls to step down (even though the inquiry has not yet started); when he looked residents … Continue reading The Dark Strain of Democracy

In order to declare independence, Britain must declare allegiance

Imagine this: as the Brexit negotiations reach a stalemate within the first hours of battle, David Davis bangs his fist on the table, looks Michel Barnier directly in the eye and says: ‘You are infringing upon our rights as Europeans!’  The Confederacy of the United States, the Republic of Ireland and even current designs for … Continue reading In order to declare independence, Britain must declare allegiance

Tim Farron’s resignation marks the Triumph of Illiberalism

The idea that a Christian leader in the UK feels uncomfortable expressing their religious beliefs marks a significant moment in our history. Can you imagine the press targeting Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher (or even that Liberal titan William Gladstone) for their belief in the Word? Of course not. I always liked Tim Farron because he … Continue reading Tim Farron’s resignation marks the Triumph of Illiberalism