2016: THE YEAR OF FEAR & LOATHING

For the tolerant, progressive, internationalist liberal this has been the year to remember and the year to forget. My own native land has wilfully perpetrated an act of self-harm in so doing rejecting the advice of all well-informed opinion almost because that opinion...

THE DELUSIONAL LEFT

This is a tale of two delusions: or more accurately a familiar delusion in two cities. Some people on the left seemed to imagine that the announcement by François Hollande last week that he would not be seeking a second term as President of France would herald a new...

THE REAL LESSONS OF RICHMOND PARK

After nearly every UK parliamentary by-election there are 24 hours of discussion in the commentariat about ‘the lessons to be learned’ and then it’s business as usual. Richmond Park has interest because the result is indeed an upset. One lesson needs to be drawn by Mr...