It’s time for us Christians to wage war on Christmas

To halt the cultural appropriation of our religion, we must boycott ever-earlier festivities

Last week, I walked into a Costa Coffee, heard the sound of “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” and walked straight out again. This is what we all need to do. I, Tim Stanley – a right-wing Christian and member of the National Trust – am calling for a war on Christmas. We need to boycott it to save it.

My objection to consumer Christmas is two-fold. Number one, it is tacky and unpleasant, and it really does start earlier each year, as if the shops were trying to gaslight us into believing it’s Christmas every day. The first Christmas ad I heard on the radio was on November 3. It was for a…

Homeopaths should not be allowed to advertise autism ‘cures’

People with illnesses or conditions that are either incurable or difficult to treat are understandably drawn to claims of miracle panaceas. If conventional medicine fails they may turn to homeopaths offering alternatives that have no basis in science and give unrealistic expectations of improvement. As we report today homeopaths are advertising autism “cures” or treatment to ‘improve the condition’ despite a ban by the advertising watchdog last year.

Therapists offering so-called CEASE (Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression) say they can bring about a “complete healing” of autism and children with the condition can be “detoxified” with “impressive and heart-warming results”. Many…

Nigel Farage risks losing everything with his great election gamble

No-one is more responsible for Brexit than Nigel Farage. He campaigned for leaving the EU long before the idea was glint in Boris Johnson’s eye. His Ukip party’s success forced David Cameron to concede the referendum in which a record 17.4m people voted to leave. And yet his apparent intention to contest every seat at the general election on December 12 now risks jeopardising the very achievement he has spent a political lifetime trying to bring about. There are many Brexit party supporters who insist, taking their lead from Mr Farage, that the deal negotiated last month by Mr Johnson “is not real Brexit”.

There are, indeed, elements of the agreement that will be problematic to those who want…

Nigel Farage has tragically turned into the Frodo Baggins of Brexit

The Brexit grandee’s bizarre move to unseat Tory Leavers could ruin everything he has worked for

In Lord of the Rings, Frodo Baggins undertakes an epic journey and battles all as he seeks to destroy the One Ring, which gives absolute power to whoever wears it. When Frodo finally reaches the Fire of Mount Doom, he succumbs to temptation and chooses not to destroy the ring, but keep it for himself.

Recently, friends of Nigel Farage have taken to comparing him to Frodo. Mr Farage has spent a lifetime campaigning to get Britain out of the European Union. He overcame incredible odds to become one of the few who can say they made Brexit happen. But now Britain has the opportunity to leave the EU,…

Our dialects are the last surviving bridges back into England’s past

One of the star exhibits at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford is a small bottle of silvered glass, sealed with wax. Attached to it is a handwritten label recording that it was collected in 1915 from an old lady living in Hove, who remarked, “They do say there be a witch in it, and if you let him out there’ll be a peck of trouble.” The peck as a unit of volume became obsolete in 1826, but the term evidently lingered in metaphorical form almost a century later

Do old ladies in Hove still speak of “a peck of trouble”? Does the term “deediiy”, recorded as a “genuine Hampshire” by Mary Russell Mitford in Our Village, survive to this day? We are about to find out, for in 2021, researchers from the University…

The choice is clear in this election: Boris’s Brexit, or Britain goes bust under Corbyn

Only the Tories can stave off a ruinous  Remain coalition and Corbyn’s death wish economics

It appears that we might be reaching the Brexit endgame. The British people have endured the political equivalent of “cruel and inhuman punishment” watching their Parliament renege on their democratic contract with the electorate to deliver on the referendum result. Boris Johnson’s success in persuading parliament to have a general election provides Britain with a means of ending a shameful political stand-off that has damaged our nation’s reputation for political competence and stability.

It is clear that a Conservative majority in the next House of Commons will see legislation that will enable Britain…