Brexit Britain 

The predictable Brexit crisis has now arrived

Mrs May has now presented to Cabinet the Brexit deal she has negotiated with the EU. As feared, it is a proposal that would leave the UK not only remaining bound to the EU but at a far greater disadvantage than under its current terms of membership. It is therefore totally unacceptable. There were reported ructions in Cabinet. It is bound by collective responsibility, but that doesn’t mean individual Cabinet ministers have accepted the deal. Since its faults are overwhelmingly obvious to Remainers as well as Brexiteers, it is extremely…

Read More
rocket Israel 

So how would England react to genocidal rocket barrages?

Here’s a thought experiment for British readers. Suppose Scotland and Wales were not part of the United Kingdom. Suppose Scotland was effectively controlled by… oooh, I dunno, let’s say, Russia, which had installed underneath residential buildings throughout southern Scotland 120,000 missiles pointing at England which Russia repeatedly threatened, in the most demented and blood-curdling terms, to annihilate. What do you think the English government would do? What do you think NATO might say or do? Now suppose that Wales, which for decades had been inhabited by people who had long…

Read More
preachers Global conflict 

The shameful abandonment of Asia Bibi

It is hard to think of a more deserving case for asylum than Asia Bibi. A Christian in Pakistan, Asia Bibi has been freed after eight years in solitary confinement on death row for committing blasphemy, a crime of which she has now been acquitted by Pakistan’s supreme court. The accusation against her was a travesty. As she picked berries with other Punjabi farmworkers in June 2009, a quarrel developed with two Muslim women after she was asked to fetch water and they said they wouldn’t drink from a vessel…

Read More
Jo Johnson Britain Europe 

Jo Johnson’s Brexit muddle

Currently in Los Angeles, which is coping with an enormous forest fire and the aftermath of a crazed gunman shooting dead 13 people at a suburban bar, I woke up today to the news that the transport minister and Remain supporter Jo Johnson had resigned from the government over the Brexit negotiation. In this account of why he resigned, he says one thing on which Remainers and Brexiteers will doubtless agree. This is the appalling way Theresa May has conducted the negotiation, bringing Parliament to the brink of a choice…

Read More
Truth Vanquishing Falsehood; Alfred Stevens, 1867-8 USA 

How Pittsburgh has deepened the chasm dividing American Jews

For Diaspora Jews, the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre has felt like a family bereavement. Among Jews in America, the trauma has been profound. Their sense of inviolability has been shattered. The fact that Jews were gunned down in the sacred space of a synagogue service has caused even greater torment. Yet in the midst of the communal grief, something has surely been overlooked. In 2014, six were gunned down and murdered in Jerusalem’s Har Nof synagogue. Attacks on Jews in Israel are relentless. The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) has said…

Read More
scruton Britain Culture wars 

Sir Roger Scruton becomes a persecuted dissident. In Britain

If there is one event that most clearly encapsulates the vicious and socially suicidal ignorance and cultural sectarianism currently rampant in British society, it is the treatment that has been meted out to Sir Roger Scruton. Sir Roger is arguably the most important British philosopher of recent years and one of the most significant in the western world. He has devoted his life and work to advancing the causes of reason, understanding and decency. As a professor of aesthetics, a lover of the countryside and a noted champion of English…

Read More
healthier Britain 

Health efforts need clean air and less drinking

The health secretary Matt Hancock has called on people to make healthier lifestyle choices, such as reducing their consumption of alcohol, sugar, salt, fat and junk food, stopping smoking and staying active. At present, some £97 billion is spent on treating disease but only £8 billion on prevention. Hancock wants to shift the balance by getting people to take more responsibility for their health. He was immediately criticised for blaming the victim. “People do not ‘choose’ obesity or diabetes or cancer,” said Simon Capewell, professor of public health and policy…

Read More
paradise USA 

Conditions in the Democratic paradise of California

America goes to the polls tomorrow in the mid-term elections. This is what a Democratic party administration has done to Los Angeles: The number of flea-born Typhus cases in Los Angeles has hit 107. So far this year 72 patients have been recorded by Los Angeles County Department of Public Health with a further 15 in Long Beach and 20 in Pasadena. In the 2000s there were around 20 cases recorded per year and analysts are putting the dramatic rise down to a 47 per cent increase in homelessness since…

Read More
Speaking Israel 

My upcoming speaking engagements

LOS ANGELES, NOVEMBER 11 On Sunday November 11, I’ll be speaking at a CAMERA “unity brunch” in Los Angeles. In the wake of the Tree of Light synagogue atrocity, my topic will be: “Understanding the Pittsburgh attack – Lessons from Britain and Europe”. For reservations, go to LAcameraBRUNCH.eventbrite.com or contact Tracey Miller: Tracey@CAMERA.org or call on +1 617 377 6898. FLORIDA, NOVEMBER 15-18 On November 15-17 I shall be in Palm Beach, Florida attending the David Horowitz Centre’s Restoration Weekend where I shall be speaking. On Sunday November 18 at…

Read More
Massacre of Jews; woodcut, 1493 Israel 

After Pittsburgh: the true significance of antisemitism

As Jews around the world grieve for those who were slaughtered in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, the reaction of many in both Jewish and non-Jewish circles has demonstrated a refusal to acknowledge the true significance of what happened. Unforgivably, the attack was immediately politicized by those whose hatred of President Donald Trump effaced both decency and reason. Through his rhetoric on illegal immigrants and nationalism, he was accused of creating the toxic narrative that inspired the suspect, Robert Bowers, to commit the atrocity. This says far more about those making…

Read More