The Labour party has become institutionally anti-Semitic

The Labour Party is institutionally anti-Semitic.  No fair-minded person can read its failure to expel Ken Livingstone any other way. The national constitutional committee, after careful consideration of his latest calumny, has chosen merely to extend the former London mayor’s suspension for a further year.  He was originally suspended in April 2016 after he came…

Why smug SNP sanctimony means its love-in with EU will soon be over

If you have had the good fortune to encounter one of the many exciting Nationalist marches Scotland has to offer, you might have noticed a subtle change in presentation.  Woad is still in. The ‘End London Rule’ banner is a bit crumpled but will do a few more rallies. The Royal Standard of Scotland is…

Whatever the question, Sturgeon’s answer will always be independence

Do you find your job dull and unfulfilling? Do you spend your days seeking out distractions or furtively pursuing your real interests? Millions find themselves in this position and pass the time meandering on Facebook or searching for a new career. Fair enough, you might think. There are some pretty humdrum posts out there but…

Parliament must take back control of Brexit

Theresa May’s ‘Dear John’ letter has now dropped onto President Tusk’s desk and, to euphemise a saying popular among The Young People, feculence just got actual. In the early, sunlit days of New Labour, the left-wing comedian John O’Farrell had a skit on how the Tories, after a generation of dominating British politics, found their…

Sit down, roared Ruth. And down sat the First Minister.

Parliamentary clashes are all about the leaders but sometimes you have to peer past them, to the next generation, to grasp the mood in any given party. Nicola Sturgeon had come to Holyrood’s independence debate as the First Minister, in rhetoric at least, and issued a plea for civility. She told MSPs: ‘Many others across…

Scotland’s messianic age

An old joke sees a Jewish man accosted by some burly types on one of Glasgow’s rougher streets. “You a Catholic or a Protestant?” demands Thug A. The man, panic in his voice, insists: “I’m a Jew!” Thug A takes a step back. There is a pause but the tension remains, until Thug B pipes…

A sense of decency shouldn’t require a committee meeting

It is always the police, our selfless human shields, who suffer the first blow.  Whatever you do for a living, whatever drudgery it brings, it is humbling to remember that there are men and women whose job it is to stand between you and danger. There is much we do not know about what happened…

#Indyref2 debate: Her sleeves were rolled up and she was ready

Nicola Sturgeon called this second referendum for a dare.  She must have. There is no way she thought it was a good idea to put herself front and centre in a spectacle of the sort that played out in the Scottish Parliament yesterday.  MSPs packed the chamber to decide whether to ask Theresa May for…

Martin McGuinness – a man who put the ballot before bullets

Ulster is where memory burns long and forgiveness comes slow.  The death of Martin McGuinness will pass without the spilling of sorrow by many Unionists in Northern Ireland and here in mainland Britain, where the IRA’s terror campaign paid regular, outrageous visits, there will be those who mutter a cold ‘good riddance’.  Douglas Murray writes:  ‘[W]hile…

No peace after the PM’s victory in Four-Day War

A thousand iPhone screens lit up all at once. The humming of government-issued BlackBerrys carried the buzz. Impromptu chat groups sprung up and precious scraps were shared via direct messages. It took ten days between an anonymous tip-off and the discovery of Guy Fawkes and his 36 barrels of explosives for the Gunpowder Plot to…