stop-war Britain Global conflict 

It’s not just Jeremy Corbyn who’s got this so very wrong

There is understandable anger and revulsion at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s speech today drawing a link between the Manchester bombing atrocity and British foreign policy. It is, of course, a frequent claim by Muslim terrorists that they are only killing western civilians because the west has killed civilians in the Islamic world. Indeed, they often specifically target for attack children and young people – as they did in Manchester and as they have often done in Israel – in revenge for what they claim to be the killing of their…

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top-secret USA Videos 

The Trump intel brouhaha

My take on the great brouhaha over Trump’s reportedly loose talk with the Russians which may inadvertently have compromised secret intelligence about Isis. This is a clip from my discussion with Avi Abelow of Israel Video Network. Apologies for any technical glitches but it was recorded between continents. You can watch the entire discussion here.

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Denial still flows over Londonistan

In the wake of the jihadi human bomb attack in Manchester, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May said: “We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but an opportunity for carnage.” Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “ It is unbelievable that somebody has used a joyful pop concert to kill or seriously injure so many people.” A headline in the Washington Post read: “In suburban Manchester, a search for what might have motivated the attacker”. “Struggle to…

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redlands-patriots USA Videos 

The very proper concerns of “flyover country”

As I discovered on my recent US trip, many Trump voters who are derided as bigoted rednecks are actually motivated by an entirely admirable concern to uphold the rule of law and defend the US constitution. This is a clip from my discussion with Avi Abelow of Israel Video Network. Apologies for any technical glitches but it was recorded between continents. You can watch the entire discussion here.

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The Trump debate in London

Earlier this month, I took part in a debate in London about the Trump presidency. Journalist James Delingpole and I were up against Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland and former Clinton staffer James Rubin. You can listen to the whole debate here; my contribution starts about four minutes in.

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berkeley Videos 

The war against American democracy

Join me here as I discuss with Avi Abelow of Israel Video Network how Trump voters are keeping faith with the President despite – or perhaps because of – the constant furore in which he is embroiled. They think his enemies are their own enemies too, and that they pose a threat to democracy, the rule of law and the US constitution. Right on all counts.

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The unspeakable symbiosis behind child pimping gangs

There are two critically important insights in the shattering and moving drama series Three Girls, broadcast on BBC1 last week. The first is the refusal of the authorities to acknowledge what had been going on for years under their noses: the grooming, rape and sexual trafficking of young white girls, some aged only 13, by gangs of overwhelmingly Pakistani-heritage men. The second is the way in which Britain’s indigenous society effectively served up these child victims to their attackers on a degraded cultural platter. To read my entire Times column,…

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trump-in-saudi Global conflict Israel USA 

Trump joins up the dots

Now it becomes clear why President Trump selected as the destinations of his current tour Riyadh, Jerusalem and Rome. He is re-setting the foreign policy debate around the factor which is both fundamental and at the same time systematically ignored. He is reframing it as a conflict over religion. Not that he is describing it in Samuel Huntington’s terms as a war between civilisations. He reportedly told his son-in-law and key strategist Jared Kushner to construct a tour around the theme of reconciliation and world peace. Nevertheless, he’s doing something…

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care Britain 

Mrs May’s death tax

Is Theresa May trying to lose the general election? Her proposal to require people to pay for the long-term domestic care they receive at home by asset-stripping their own house, with a floor of £100,000 below which its value would not fall, could do for the Conservative party what student loans did for the LibDems: turn thousands of hitherto loyal voters against it. At present, people with property worth more than £23,250 are required to pay for long-term residential care. This causes widespread resentment, since people believe they are being…

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redlands-patriots USA 

Trump’s passionate partisans

I have now completed my enjoyable and fascinating speaking tour in America. I’m most grateful to all who invited me to speak and who treated me with such graciousness and hospitality: indeed, I was quite overwhelmed by the warmth and enthusiasm with which my presentations were received. I look forward to repeating the experience, and would welcome invitations to undertake further US speaking engagements in due course. On my two week trip I spoke to a wide variety of groups in a number of different cities. In California I spoke…

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