Publications

08/05/2020

The coronavirus pandemic is proving a tough time for the Left. The all-consuming focus on a real threat to our lives and way of life has suddenly reduced the world’s patience with woke causes. Greta Thunberg’s calls for continued climate change school strikes – now largely of children being home-schooled – are met with a groan. As the peerless Twitter phenomenon Titania McGrath laments, ‘my greatest concern about the coronavirus is that it is a distraction from the far more serious problem of people being misgendered’.

27/04/2020

Boris Johnson returned today to politics today after a life-and-death battle with the coronavirus and a convalescence lasting three weeks at Chequers.

20/04/2020

‘Ghost trains,’ Hungary’s emergency law, face masks and social distancing, restaurants’ pivot to takeout and delivery.

28/03/2020

Who would have thought until a few weeks ago that Boris Johnson’s success over the coming year would be judged on anything other than his management of the final stage of Brexit? That issue – together with whether he’ll turn out overall to be just the latest in a long line of soft-left Tory prime ministers – will return.

14/03/2020

What a difference five years makes. In the European summer of 2015, a huge wave of illegal immigrants overwhelmed Greece and angrily resisted any efforts to impede their onward journey to what they believed were the gold-paved streets of Germany – spurning the countries on the way which could have offered sanctuary.

10/02/2020

Mark Carney leaves his job as Governor of the Bank of England in March, stepping easily into several new positions: notably, U.N. Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance and special advisor to the British Prime Minister for the Glasgow COP26 conference on climate change in November.