climate-activists Culture wars 

World ends? Well it may take a bit longer now…

Climate scientists have now admitted they were wrong about man-made global warming and I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Not very wrong, you understand, just a bit wrong. Apparently the planet is still going to hell in a carbon-lined hand-cart, just more slowly. A study in the journal Nature Geoscience says the world has warmed more slowly than had been forecast by computer models, which were “on the hot side” and overstated the impact of emissions. You don’t say. Global average temperature has risen by about 0.9C since…

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weiwei Global conflict 

Political art can easily turn into propaganda

The acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been repeatedly persecuted in China over his human rights activism. Having previously suffered a brain haemorrhage as a result of a police beating, he was arrested in 2011 and imprisoned for 81 days in solitary confinement in a tiny unventilated cell. His art tells us about the importance of free speech, the oppressive reality of a true surveillance society and life as a struggle for freedom against tyranny. The best of his creations are as imaginative and creative as they are moving. To…

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bus Britain 

In defence of Boris

The now (in)famous article Boris Johnson wrote about Brexit in the Telegraph (on his Facebook page here) has been presented entirely in political terms. It was an attack on Theresa May, an act of disloyalty or treachery, a sackable offence, the outcome of blind ambition and his positioning for a leadership challenge. Well ok, maybe it was such a challenge and then again, maybe it wasn’t. But what was so wrong with the article itself to have provoked such apoplexy? For it was no more or less than a passionate…

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tuvia Europe 

Hello Refugees!

Tuvia Tenenbom, that most acute and incendiary observer of what’s festering beneath the surface of polite society, has turned his attention to Germany’s “refugees”. To his surprise and no little dismay, what he has found out is not so much about these migrants but about Germany itself, and it isn’t pretty at all. In his new book Hello Refugees, he adopts his now familiar but no less devastating tactic of trading on his blond hair, Falstaffian girth and indeterminate accent to conceal the fact that he was born and brought…

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779px-massacre_of_jews_woodcut_1493 Britain 

Britain’s alarming antisemitism problem

In 2002, on the BBC TV show Question Time, I was accused of dual loyalty in front of a jeering studio audience. My crime had been to defend Israel against demonization and double standards by both the audience and other members of the panel. At that time I had visited Israel only twice in my life, two years previously. No matter. A British Jew defending Israel was – and is – immediately accused in some quarters of incipient treachery toward Britain, just as throughout history antisemites have accused Diaspora Jews…

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