Britain 

Police have lost sight of the line of duty

In the BBC’s riveting Line of Duty a week ago, the plot involved a police decision to raid a brothel. It put at risk the arrest of the leaders of an organised crime group, because priority had to be given to rescuing the women they had enslaved. It wasn’t clear whether the officer who made this judgment call did so out of sensitivity to the political climate or concern for the welfare of the women involved. Regardless, the decision to prioritise sentiment at the expense of the most important goal…

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Leaving Egypt to cross the (metaphorical) seas

At the festival of Passover, which Jews are about to celebrate, the story is recounted of how the children of Israel managed to redeem themselves from slavery through their miraculous crossing of the Red Sea in which their Egyptian pursuers proceeded to drown. Plunging into the sea was a supreme act of collective faith by the escaping Israelites, involving extraordinary courage and requiring an equally crucial act of leadership. These three factors are in conspicuously short supply in the west today. In Britain, the stalled and sabotaged Brexit process irresistibly…

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Anti-hate groups have become the real voices of hate

The Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama started life in the 1970s fighting the Ku Klux Klan but has since grown into an organisation that attacks anyone it judges guilty of promoting “hate”. Its influence is huge. With the media lapping up its denunciations of groups and individuals deemed to be beyond the progressive pale, its targets have been turned into pariahs and cast into professional and social exile. Increasingly, however, it has attacked people whose only crime is not to subscribe to left-wing shibboleths. Now, though, it has gone…

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bride Britain 

It’s not about the “Isis bride”. It’s about our standards of due process

Shamima Begum, the “Isis bride” from east London, has been granted legal aid to challenge the decision by the home secretary, Sajid Javid, to strip her of her British citizenship. Cue outrage. The Tory MP Philip Davies said it was “absolutely disgusting” to fund someone “who joined an organisation that wants to destroy our way of life and our country”. On the same day that the decision by the Legal Aid Agency was reported, evidence emerged to contest Begum’s own description of herself, while an Isis recruit in Syria, as…

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synchronised Britain Culture wars 

How Jews claiming “Islamophobia” are helping embolden antisemitism

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) provides an invaluable service translating material from Arabic into English and thus lifting the curtain on the deranged antisemitism coursing through the Arab and Muslim world. Recently its founder, Yigal Carmon, observed that this Jew-hatred had spread to America and Europe where it was turning into “really violent threats based on Islamic texts”. And yet, he added, the American Jewish community targeted by such attacks was silent. “Not a protest, no public activity, nothing at all. They are afraid to be thought of…

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Britain 

The only way to end this abuse of power: replace Mrs May by a PM committed to no-deal

It has been reported that the government has ordered all operational planning for a no-deal Brexit to end. According to a leaked email seen by Sky News, the decision was taken at a meeting chaired by the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Mark Sedwill. On what basis has this cynical, manipulative and irresponsible decision been taken? For the possibility remains that, whatever the eventual date on which it leaves (if ever), the UK will do so with no deal. The Cabinet doesn’t even seem to have been told that abandoning no-deal preparations…

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Britain Culture wars 

The appalling treatment of Sir Roger Scruton

The shocking character assassination and sacking of Sir Roger Scruton is beyond belief. Scruton, Britain’s pre-eminent philosopher, was interviewed by the New Statesman for its current issue. The interviewer, deputy editor George Eaton, tweeted that Scruton’s remarks were “outrageous”. What was outrageous, however, was the use Eaton made of them. For he tweeted about what Scruton had said: “On Hungarian Jews: ‘Anybody who doesn’t think that there’s a Soros empire in Hungary has not observed the facts.’” But in the interview Scruton didn’t mention that Soros was a Jew. He…

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Brexit Britain 

Will Mrs May now hammer the final nail into Brexit and democracy?

On the Briefings for Brexit website an anonymous civil service whistleblower, “Caroline Bell”, who previously wrote about the government’s duplicity over Brexit and the case for leaving with no deal as I described here, has now written an explosive claim that many of the detailed orders prepared by Whitehall to enable the country to continue to function smoothly in a no-deal departure are being deliberately held up by Number Ten. MPs and even ministers, s/he maintains, have been acting in a deliberately created information vacuum. Worse, s/he fears that, if…

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UK Britain 

No deal is the real deal: a passport to freedom

It seems to be an article of faith among most MPs that Britain cannot leave the EU with no deal. This is presented as an unthinkable disaster which cannot be allowed to happen. The question is why. For it has become clear that the apocalyptic no-deal scenarios have been much exaggerated. The reasonable conclusion should surely be that, while problems are inevitable, the country can weather leaving without a deal and that whatever the short-term difficulties, these are outweighed by the greater good. So why is it instead unthinkable? The…

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Britain Israel 

From the Golan to Brexit, “compromise” is a fig-leaf for surrender

Two current sources of uproar tie Britain, the United States and Israel into a matrix of hypocrisy, double standards and spinelessness. The first was the welcome announcement by President Donald Trump that the United States will recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, the strategically crucial mountain range that Israel seized from Syria in 1967. Cue horror in the foreign ministries and policy circles of the world where Israel’s annexation was denounced as a violation of international law. Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, tut-tutted: “We should never recognize the annexation…

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