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Unfair Cops

Having been in China for almost a month, this is the worst thing I have seen so far. A man who was protesting peacefully in the street...

In the Belly of the Beast

I was in China when the coronavirus pandemic started, though no one bothered to mention it at the time. On 15 January 2020, I flew from...

Mind Your Language

Last year, Jimmy Carr told a joke about the Holocaust that is now upsetting some people who feel, apparently, that offended virtue is a...

And Dying Thus Around Us Every Day

Sir Robert Peel, father of British policing and architect of the Conservative Party, has two compelling reasons to be spinning in his...

A Matter of Instinct

Character is more important than brains. The first time I heard this assertion, it was uttered with exaggerated disdain by an Oxford...

A Gray Area

An interesting and dispiriting feature of the political crisis that now approaches its second birthday has been the remarkable stupidity...

The Two Faces of Janus

The opening month of the year is a good time to consider the god of doors, after whom it was named. Janus presides over beginnings and...

Bottom

Young people, you will be shocked to hear, have been rebelling against authority, for what may be the first time in recorded history. The...

The Truth of Masks

Few but the most fanatical Covid enthusiasts now bother to pretend that there is any significant medical benefit to be derived from...

The Ogre

The state of the nation as 2021 draws to a close depends very much on whether you happen to be considering history or geography. In...

Unparliamentary Language

Angela Rayner walked into a bar at the Labour Party Conference and confidently announced: “All Tories are scum.” A group in the corner...

Postcard from Panama

There was another shooting yesterday inside my local shopping mall, Multiplaza, on the Via Israel in Panama City. A friend who was...

The Lockdown and the Vaccine

Michael Gove has said that it is a selfish act to refuse the vaccine against coronavirus, a statement which will presumably have a...

The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

I am writing these words on a slow and very comfortable train from Luxor to Alexandria. The journey is supposed to take a little over...

The Kiss of Caiaphas

At long last, government propaganda may have overreached itself. The Great British public has shown itself ready to believe six...

Government by Gaslight

The most atrocious bores, recounting stories of their children, their holidays, or their dreams, present you with a precious and...

The Moral Minority

In The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis writes from the perspective of an experienced devil addressing his young nephew on the most...

The Disappearance of Dissent

The range of responses to the April protests against lockdown from what we might now call the media-political complex has been...

The Light of India

The new fundamentalism that has made an idol of a virus is based on two great lies. The first is that those who worship the blessed virus...

The Hobgoblin of Little Minds

How do you know you’re not mad? If not mad, exactly, how do you know that you are not being deeply unreasonable, stupid, or resistant to...