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Douglas Murray is Associate Director of the Henry Jackson Society and an author, most recently of Islamophilia.

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Now that we can't even trust the church, who can we trust?

12 July 2014

Who would trust MPs?  Until recently most of us thought they were just in it for the expenses. Now it turns out they’re in it to abuse kids too. We… Read more

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Masters at work

21 June 2014

The apprentice is back! No, not another series of the transatlantic TV show starring blowhards with bad hair, but the real thing. Across Britain there is a return to one… Read more

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It's not just schools – Britain has let Islamists run riot

14 June 2014

Who’s up, who’s down? Who’s in, who’s out? While Westminster spent last week gossiping about which minister’s special adviser said what, in another city, not far away, a very different… Read more

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Ukip aren’t going away – and David Cameron has no idea what to do

31 May 2014

It must have come so easily back then. In April 2006, the young David Cameron had already assumed the mantle of leader of the Conservative party as arranged by his… Read more

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Would human life be sacred in an atheist world?

19 April 2014

What was your reaction recently when it emerged that thousands of unborn foetuses had been burnt by NHS trusts? And that some had been put into ‘waste-to-energy’ incinerators and so… Read more

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We've got gay rights, now let's have gay responsibility

5 April 2014

As inexorably as night follows day and push comes to shove, so the words ‘Tory’ and ‘scandal’ seem destined to conjoin with ‘Brazilian’ and ‘rent-boy’. Yet the main response to… Read more

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The Edward Snowden scandal viewed from planet Guardian

8 March 2014
The Snowden Files Luke Harding

Guardian/Faber, pp.346, £12.99, ISBN: 9781783350353

Last summer a National Security Agency (NSA) contractor called Edward Snowden leaked a vast trove of secret information on the mass data-gathering of his erstwhile employer and Britain’s GCHQ. He… Read more

Man between vice and virtue in St Augustine’s City of God. French incunabulum from Abbeville, 1486-87

Christianity is the foundation of our freedoms

22 February 2014
Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism Larry Siedentop

Allen Lane, pp.433, £20, ISBN: 9780713996449

If there is one underlying source from which all our other societal problems stem, it is surely this: we no longer know who we are or how we got here.… Read more

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Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the Middle East's 30 year war

25 January 2014

Syria has fallen apart. Major cities in Iraq have fallen to al-Qa’eda. Egypt may have stabilised slightly after a counter-coup. But Lebanon is starting once again to fragment. Beneath all… Read more

A city of character: Amsterdam

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18 January 2014

‘What are people in your country saying about Holland these days?’ one Dutch friend recently asked me. I hadn’t the heart to reply that no one was talking that much… Read more

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Cocktails: Cupboard love

7 December 2013

At the back of every drinks tray or cabinet there are always some stray bottles. Some deserve to be lonely, others just end up that way. But it is occasionally… Read more

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How masterpieces survive when the bombs start to fall

30 November 2013

In November 1943, when it looked like London was going to be subjected to a new aerial barrage from Nazi Germany, Evelyn Waugh wrote in his diary: ‘I have accordingly… Read more

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Tommy Robinson: Double standards, not fear of diversity, provoked the EDL

19 October 2013

The first time I met Tommy Robinson I told him to fuck off. The English Defence League (EDL) had just formed and Robinson came up to me after a public… Read more

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Spies spy – get over it

12 October 2013

In the whole panoply of human idiocy is there anything so ridiculous as the outrage that occurs whenever people are reminded that spies spy? There was just such an outburst… Read more

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Richard Dawkins interview: 'I have a certain love for the Anglican tradition'

14 September 2013

‘You owe me an apology,’ Richard Dawkins informs me. It is a bright Oxford morning and we are sitting in his home. His wife has just made me coffee and… Read more

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David Cameron’s wars: How the PM learned to love precision bombing

31 August 2013

What is the one consolation for an MP who has beaten all their colleagues to the top job? It can hardly be the luxury of having your life, circle and… Read more

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Who cares if Wagner’s 200? The plague of the anniversary

24 August 2013

Back in the 1960s, the producers of the Tonight programme had a running joke for linking the show’s segments. They would use lines like: ‘And that item commemorated the 23rd… Read more

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27 July 2013

The pilot refuses to get going until everyone is seated and quiet. When we take off there are raucous cheers. I am on a midday budget-airline flight to Ibiza. Louder… Read more

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Chen Guangcheng – the brave Chinese activist who David Cameron refused to meet

8 June 2013

How did a blind Chinese dissident scale the walls of his house while under house arrest, evade government surveillance, travel hundreds of miles to Beijing, seek asylum in the American… Read more

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After Woolwich, what will change?

1 June 2013

The decapitation of a British soldier on a street in London is the latest disgusting new low in this country’s experience of Islamist terror. But everything else in the aftermath… Read more

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"The right hero" - Douglas Murray reviews Jesse Norman's Burke biography.

18 May 2013
Edmund Burke: Philosopher, Politician, Prophet Jesse Norman

William Collins, pp.325, £20, ISBN: 9780007489626

Edmund Burke is one of the most difficult thinkers to write about. His philosophy defies easy summary. His career, while noble, was not glittering. Many details that he exhausted himself… Read more

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The not-so-great Gatsby

11 May 2013

You do not need to have read the book or even seen a film adaptation to feel a thrill at the word ‘Gatsby’. More than a novel, a film or… Read more

SYRIA-CONFLICT

If there was ever a time to intervene in Syria, it has passed

4 May 2013

It is more than ten years since I first sat down with members of the Syrian opposition. Back then they included real moderates, but even these didn’t predict a bloodless… Read more

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Lars Hedegaard interview: ‘I may be killed if I write this’

16 February 2013

The assassin came to his home dressed as a postman. When the historian and journalist Lars Hedegaard opened his front door, the man — whom Lars describes as ‘looking like… Read more

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Atheists vs Dawkins

9 February 2013

Sometimes a perfectly good argument can be stretched too far. I heard the resulting snapping noise last week in Cambridge during a debate with Richard Dawkins. We were meant to… Read more