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Antisemitism darkening Britain 

Britain’s Brexit betrayal may put Corbyn’s Jewish problem into Downing Street

Until last Friday, whenever people asked me uneasily about the likelihood of the far-left U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn coming to power at the next general election, I replied that — with the exception of one set of circumstances — I thought the risk was overblown. This was because, although he did far better in the last election than anyone had thought possible, the reason for that was precisely because hardly anyone had thought his victory was possible. It was therefore considered safe to vote against the Conservative party…

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Chequers Britain Europe 

The memorandum by Martin Howe QC on the Chequers position

The erstwhile leading Brexiteer, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove, was on TV today defending the UK government’s Brexit negotiating position reached at Chequers on Friday evening. You can read here my opinion that this represents a betrayal of the Brexit vote. Gove maintained that, although the government’s position wasn’t perfect, it upheld the spirit of Brexit. Specifically he claimed that “the draft deal would mean Britain was outside of the European Court…” and that “the common rule book would mean unified rules for 20 per cent of the British economy…

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Brexit Britain 

Faithless, craven and cowardly – the British government’s Brexit betrayal

We don’t yet know whether Brexiteers in the Conservative party will seek to bring down the Prime Minister Theresa May over the UK negotiating position that she forced through Cabinet on Friday. We don’t yet know whether the EU will accept her “compromise” package or will reject it with the contempt they have shown until now at any suggestion of a “pick and mix” approach to the EU’s customs union and rules. But what we can say with near-certainty is that what Mrs May has done is put in serious…

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oppressed Britain Culture wars 

The “oppressed” are expert at discrimination

The “oppressed” are expert at discrimination In one sanctimonious leap, “safe spaces” are morphing into prejudice in reverse. Such “oppressed” groups claim that they are discriminated against by being treated as somehow separate from mainstream society. So in response they are discriminating against and separating from mainstream society. They way they are treated, they say, justifies their treating others in an identical fashion. Of course, it does nothing of the kind. Their behaviour negates instead their claim to be unjustly treated. Rather than helping promote a tolerant, inclusive society, they…

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reframing Britain Israel 

Does the British government now recognise a country called Palestine?

Oh dear. Prince William appears to be under the impression that there’s a country called Palestine. On his “apolitical” visit to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, he reportedly told the PA President Mahmoud Abbas today: “I’m very glad our two countries work so closely together and have had success stories with education and relief work in the past…” Of course, there is no country called Palestine. Abbas’s strategy of war against Israel is to assert that there is, not just in contradiction of the truth but in flagrant repudiation…

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NHS Britain 

The NHS at 70: time for the lethal syringe?

Next week marks the 70th anniversary of the creation of the NHS. Perhaps instead of any burnishing of moral credentials, this might be an opportunity to start thinking the unthinkable. The NHS treats the state itself as the nation’s ultimate carer, giving it the authority to decide who should be helped to stay in this world and who should be helped prematurely out of it. It is therefore not a temple of compassion so much as a potential instrument of arbitrary and unaccountable power. How many more scandals will it…

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HRH Britain Israel 

HRH, the FCO and the big lie about Israel

One of the most startling aspects of the demonisation of Israel is the use of international law as a key weapon. Israel represents law and justice against those who deny them. Yet it is falsely painted as fundamentally illegitimate and guilty of repeated illegality and breaches of international norms. Defenders of Israel, including its own government, seldom push back publicly against this. False assertions by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office about Israel’s illegal settlements or the “Occupied Palestinian Territories” are met with silence. Not surprisingly, this failure to engage has…

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praying-at-western-wall-jerusalem Britain Israel 

Prince William comes to Israel under a Foreign Office cloud

Next week the second in line to the British throne, Prince William, will make the first ever official visit to the State of Israel by a member of the Royal Family. The royals are merely the servants of the British government. Until now, the notoriously anti-Israel Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has refused to permit an official visit to Israel by a member of the Royal Family out of concern for Arab anger. Whether it has now softened its stance or been overruled by Prime Minister Theresa May is unclear….

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Question Time Britain 

How the Question Time bear-pit changed me

As a regular panellist over the years on BBC TV’s Question Time, I’m sorry to see that David Dimbleby is stepping down from the show after a mere quarter-century in the chair. He says he wants to return to his first love, reporting. Maybe so. Or maybe he’s just had enough of the trivialisation of the show that he has anchored for so long. Nowadays there’s almost invariably at least one comedian among the five-strong panel — and that’s just the politicians. I have come to realise that the audience…

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HRH Britain Israel 

Prince William: an FCO hostage in a minefield

It was always a racing certainty that next week’s visit to the Middle East by Prince William, featuring the first official visit to Israel by a member of Britain’s Royal Family, would prove to be a diplomatic minefield. It now turns out, however, that rather than playing the role of minesweeper-in-chief Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has left one of its own landmines defiantly in place – and is guiding Prince William straight for it. Prince William is to visit Jordan, Israel and the area controlled by the Palestinian Authority….

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