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…

Hopelessly out of date and ruinously expensive: Tory knives are out for HS2

Will there ever be a better time for Boris Johnson to take unpopular decisions? The Labour Party lies in ruins, seemingly determined not to learn the lessons of its election defeat. The Conservatives are at his feet, unable to believe the size of the majority he won.

His Cabinet meetings have become a chorus of sycophancy, with even the Prime Minister looking bored by the various declarations of admiration. He will perhaps never have as much personal political power as he has now. The question facing No 10 is what he intends to do with it.

His stated mission is to get Brexit done, which will keep him busy this year – but now is the time to kill off expensive bad ideas. He has started to draw…

From Harry and Meghan to Brexit, our system isn’t so ‘broken’ after all

The word “unprecedented” has been bandied around a lot recently to describe events that have precedents, even if the circumstances were different. The brouhaha involving the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is less problematic than past moments of peril for the Crown, such as the divorce of the Prince of Wales, or the abdication of Edward VIII – correctly referred to as a crisis. This is not a crisis for the monarchy, even if it has been a sad breakdown in family relationships, that everyone hopes will not last long.

If there was an unprecedented event, however, it was the statement issued on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen at 5pm on Monday. No-one could recall anything quite like it, though why it…

Time to demolish Bercow-backed shanty town outside Parliament

John Bercow’s memoirs, to be published next month, are entitled Unspeakable. I couldn’t have put it better myself.

The book, says Mr Bercow, will be “candid”. If so, it will, like so many of his pronouncements in the chair, involve a wilful misunderstanding of his role. The Speaker is supposed to speak solely as empowered by the whole House. Mr Bercow spoke only for a faction within it. Any revelations about the MPs with whom he dealt will add to that factionalism and will therefore, to use a parliamentary expression, be out of order.

One of Mr Bercow’s acts, in his supervision of the parliamentary estate, was to allow a shanty town of television tents to be erected on College Green opposite…

Dominic Cummings should beware pointless Whitehall reorganisation

Now that Brexit at the end of January has become a foregone conclusion, MPs and their advisers are already preoccupied with the next big event in each of the parties. For Labour, their whole future direction is at stake in a momentous leadership election. Somewhere out of sight of the media, the Liberal Democrats are also choosing a leader and trying to work out what on earth went wrong.

Among the victorious Tories, every minister is inevitably weighing their chances of promotion or dismissal in a reshuffle of responsibilities that cannot be long delayed. Boris Johnson has earned the right to hire, fire and reorganise in any way he wants, while his powerful adviser Dominic Cummings has appealed…