Liberalism is collapsing under the weight of its own hypocritical intolerance

From grooming gangs to woke campuses, the liberal left’s double standards are clear for all to see

Many liberals seem utterly baffled by the crises that have enveloped their creed  over a decade or more . Yet the events of the past week provide them with the conclusive evidence that their problem is not – as they often like to tell themselves – Tory lies or media bias, but lies much closer to home, in their own beliefs and behaviour. 

Last Tuesday, the country learned of yet another grooming gang scandal. After similar and harrowing tales from Oxford, Rochdale, Rotherham and other English towns and cities, we can now add Manchester to the list of places where the authorities watched mainly…

Only a union of Unionists can defeat the rampaging SNP

A non-aggression pact among the major parties is vital if they are to see off the SNP and the threat of independence

In a statement that demonstrates why Labour would be mad to choose Rebecca Long Bailey as its new leader, the shadow business secretary has denounced her party’s leading role in what was its last triumph – the Better Together campaign that won the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence.

In setting out her socialist credentials, the woman dubbed the “continuity Corbyn” candidate has said that Labour had gotten “too close to the establishment” by “joining forces with David Cameron in Better Together”. Yet the latter was a movement led by Labour, in the shape of the former chancellor…

The civil service needs ‘weirdos and misfits’

Dominic Cummings, the PM’s senior strategist, has posted an ad on his blog for people to work in government who have skills currently missing from the civil service – including data scientists, economists, “weirdos and misfits.” Back in June, on the same site, he noted the difference between mission control at a scientific project, packed with communications technology and decisive systems of management, and the British Cabinet room, which is essentially indistinguishable from the room in which Asquith debated the war in 1914, “while doodling notes to his girlfriend as he got bored”. This kind of operational atrophy, wrote Mr Cummings, is why the establishment lost the EU referendum and then…

A deal is oven-ready. Let’s get Brexit done and take this country forward

For the last three-and-a-half years this country has been trapped by Brexit – like some super-green supercar blocked in the traffic. We are stuck in a rut. We have been paralysed by a broken parliament. Like Tantalus in Hades, we can see the opportunities in front of us – the luscious grapes, the refreshing stream – and yet every time we reach out to grasp them we find they are whisked away, with yet another delay, and yet another pointless parliamentary manoeuvre.

With every week that goes by, this delay is costing us all. If we can get Brexit done, there are hundreds of billions of pounds of investment that are just waiting to flood into this country. If we get Brexit done, businesses and families…

How Boris sacrificed the Remain south east to breach the red wall 

When a group of Tory rebels went to 10 Downing Street in September to implore Boris Johnson to reconsider his Brexit strategy, his response was emphatic.

If you do not change course, Anne Milton, a former minister and MP for Guildford warned, the Remain-backing Surrey town would be lost for the Conservatives at the next election.

“Well Guildford will have to go then,” was the Prime Minister’s response. The bluntness of his retort came as a shock to those gathered at No 10 – and was greeted with alarm by fellow Tory Remainers, taken as a sign of hubris from a new prime minister who would have been wiser to build bridges within his party rather than pick fights.

Three months on, and it is clear…

For the sake of liberalism, disastrous and deluded Jo Swinson needs to go now

In the end the boys were not scared of Jo Swinson after all — perhaps of the flaming wreckage of her campaign as debris plummeted to earth around them, but not of the woman herself. Sure, they wouldn’t get to debate her as much as she wanted, but everyone knew they didn’t need to. She had lost the argument before she reached a lecturn.

No one could accuse her of lacking ambition — having pushed for the general election in the first place, she then loudly announced that she was standing to be prime minister — which, you suppose, one really should, as a party leader. But, like Icarus soaring ever upwards towards the flame, the inevitable fall has been swift and dreadful. 

She ends the night with…

Letters: The shameful weaponisation of the NHS during the election campaign

SIR – The weaponisation in the election of the increasingly serious problems in the NHS was shameful and irresponsible.

There have been hospital closures and bed losses every year since the nationalisation of Britain’s medical services in 1948, irrespective of what government was in power, and despite massive increases in expenditure.

On January 21 1997, Labour in opposition under Tony Blair moved that: “This House expresses its deep concern at the grave situation now evident in the National Health Service in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; believes that anxiety about Her Majesty’s Government’s policy for this situation now transcends party lines; notes with alarm that throughout…

Of course Jews are considering leaving Britain. Millions are about to vote for an anti-Semitic Labour Party

I‘ve thought about Australia. I’ve wondered about Canada. And I’ve pondered the US. Along with 47 per cent of my fellow Jews (according to a recent Jewish Chronicle poll), I have seriously considered where I might want to move to should we wake up on Friday to a Corbyn-led government.

I don’t intend to go anywhere. I am British and this is my home. But it’s not simply the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn and his allies in power that has sent me and other Jews looking at alternative places to live – however unwilling we may be to act on our research. It’s something deeper and far more disconcerting – far more unpleasant and worrying, in fact.

Because even if Mr Corbyn loses and is consigned to history,…

Our broadcasters genuinely believe they are the biggest story in this election

As David Bowie so accurately pointed out: this is not America. But try telling that to our broadcasters.

It has long been the desperate desire of senior broadcast journalists to assume the iconic status of their transatlantic cousins, to be centre stage in a televised debate between political leaders and thus to secure their place in history as the man (or woman) who presided over that game change moment. It must be frustrating that the iconic presidential debate inaugurated by Kennedy and Nixon in 1960 never made that journey to the shores of Blighty.

And it still hasn’t. We don’t have a president and so our leaders’ debates – those that we’ve seen so far in this campaign and in previous ones…

Andrew Neil interviewed Jeremy Corbyn on anti-Semitism… and utterly dismantled him

Andrew Neil’s interview of Jeremy Corbyn was so brutal, the BBC should have shown it after the watershed. How Labour must wish they had. Ideally, long after everyone of voting age was asleep.

The first 10 minutes – a whole third of the interview – were dedicated to antisemitism. Under the burning searchlight of Mr Neil’s interrogation, Mr Corbyn floundered. He sounded by turns waffly, defensive, confused, crabby, and clueless. 

Mr Neil asked him three times whether it was antisemitic to say “Rothschild’s Zionists run Israel and world governments”. Eventually, after 45 seconds of pointless prevarication, Mr Corbyn conceded that it was. Upon which Mr Neil informed him that they were the words of…