The Lib Dems’ decision to back an election is the worst blunder since the Trojans welcomed that horse

When reflecting on this election in years to come, future historians will view the Liberal Democrat campaign as both a disaster and a fatally squandered opportunity. As political decisions go, their choice to agitate for a Christmas general election will rank in the pantheon of great strategic blunders, alongside Operation Barbarossa and the Trojans’ decision to admit the Greek horse. The Conservatives could not have triumphed last night without the Lib Dems’ hubristic willingness to go to the ballot box during Boris Johnson’s "honeymoon period", according to his agenda and chosen timetable.

Consider the favourable conditions in which their campaign began, and which inspired their misplaced confidence….

Fleeing the country would be an entirely rational response to a Labour victory

Whenever the Conservatives look likely to win an election, some celebrity has a tantrum and threatens to leave for Europe. They rarely do. Their histrionics are a performance, designed to show they are “nice” unlike those nasty Tories.

When they come back down to earth, they realise that there are few better places to live than Britain, that much of Europe is less liberal and more provincial, and that they are not, in fact, willing to uproot their families and upend their careers for the sake of making a bad point.

If Labour forms a government this week, it is another matter entirely. For millions of people, leaving the country will be the most rational thing they can do. And the crushing burden…

France’s strikes prove that Macronism has lost its magic

The president has lost his touch and his country wants to hide from economic reality

As a cold dusk fell on police slugging it out with violent hi-vis-jacketed demonstrators on Place de la République in Paris today, there was a distinct feeling of déjà-vu. The “populist” gilets jaunes, according to analysts, were meant to have nothing to do with public sector and “protected” employees who were protesting against the end of their cosy pension deals. Today’s nationwide strike, France’s largest for years, was supposedly all about traditional unions flexing their muscle at last. What did the gilets jaunes have to do with it?

On paper, there’s a simple logic to it. French citizens mostly get their…

I’m sad to leave the Brexit Party, but we need to back Boris and the only party that can deliver

Today I am sad to leave many good Brexit Party people behind and resign the Brexit Party whip. Many of them are worthy candidates and incredibly accomplished people – their PPCs have shown some of the best of British through their instinct for perseverance and initiative, which will be much needed in the future. I can’t say I haven’t had a furious internal battle over not being able to help them more, and to support their bravery in standing as candidates. 

But this election is unlike any other, a turning point in history – and with antisemitic Marxists at our doorsteps (quite literally), we have to channel our bravery in a very different direction. 

With Jeremy Corbyn threatening to hold a rigged…

Who can blame the young for being miserable when our catastrophising culture has robbed them of their childhoods?

A new report by the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) asked teenagers across the globe to rate their happiness levels, and astonishingly British children turned out to be the most miserable. Twenty-six percent replied that they were not satisfied with life, compared to Albania, Kazakhstan and the Netherlands, where only six percent said this.

To anyone living outside the UK, this must look utterly insane. Britain has one of the strongest economies in the world. The NHS and other public services are free at the point of use. Ours is an extremely liberal society, consistently ranking as one of the most tolerant countries on the planet. It should be incredibly shocking that one…

The hypocrisy of ‘liberal’ Remainer fanatics flocking to Corbyn is jaw-dropping

Until a few weeks ago, I generally took the uber-Remainers at their word. I believed them when they told me that they objected to Brexit because they feared economic damage. I assumed they were telling the truth when they insisted with great passion that they thought the EU was a force for peace, tolerance and harmonious co-existence, and that this was a central reason for their Europhilia. Such arguments are, in my view, entirely wrong-headed, but they are certainly eminently respectable.

With the general election just seven days away, some of these Remainers, to their great credit, have stayed true to these liberal principles. A fair few have decided to vote Lib Dem, despite Jo Swinson’s uselessness;…

The BBC’s alarmist attack on British farmers was unjustified and counterproductive 

There would have been a time when food production and farming would have featured relatively prominently in an election campaign since we all have to eat. Now, farmers are likely to be the whipping boys for politicians anxious to burnish their environmental credentials.

This is particularly so for livestock farmers who have a hard enough time of it without having to justify their existence against the power and reach of a BBC documentary effectively urging people not to buy their products any more. On Monday, the programme Meat: A Threat to our Planet, purported to show the damage inflicted on the global environment by livestock practices.

The film showed how the Amazonian rainforest had been…

I won’t be letting a soulless Google speaker read my children their bedtime story

Gather round my dearest darlings, I am going to tell you a story. Once upon a time there was a Mummy and a Daddy. And every night the Mummy or the Daddy would read their children a bedtime story. Or sometimes both would do it if one child wanted Zog six times and the other one wanted Meg and Mog with the special voices. And the Mummy and the Daddy really loved this cosy time with their children and they would always think how lucky they were. 

Then some years passed and the Mummy and the Daddy couldn’t actually believe how much their children still insisted on being read to. Especially as they were now quite capable of reading to themselves. Wasn’t that what all the reading out loud was for? …

Corbyn’s grievance-mongering manifesto shows the shape of things to come

Under a Labour government, the UK’s historic misdemeanours would be taught in schools

Earlier this year, footage of the annual conference of the "Democratic Socialists of America" went viral, to the delight of many social media users. It has to be seen to be believed. Each speaker, addressing their gathered comrades, begins their introduction by expressing their preferred pronoun. One delegate (“James Jackson, Sacramento, he/him”) appeals for the noise in the hall to be kept to a minimum, being “very prone to sensory overload”, only to be castigated by a fellow attendee for deploying “gendered language” (Jackson had used the word "guys"). 

This may be top entertainment for cynical Brits, but…

Those of faith, especially Christians, are oppressed around the world. Let us stand in solidarity with them

Passers-by may be surprised to see some of our most prominent public buildings turn red next Wednesday. This is to support a campaign by the charity Aid to the Church in Need, which highlights the suffering of those worldwide who are suffering for their faith, especially Christians.

Discrimination, exclusion and persecution on grounds of religion or belief is widespread in the world today. The destruction of Rohingya villages and lands in Myanmar and the flight of hundreds of thousands into neighbouring Bangladesh is just one example.The attempted genocide of the Yazidis and the sexual enslavement of their women by Isil is well known. The flight of Christians from their ancient homelands and…