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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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If you dismiss the slippery-slope argument against ‘assisted dying’, you’re not paying attention

29 August 2015

A couple of years ago I contacted Holland’s top pro-euthanasia organisation. Our House of Lords looks likely to approve a bill legalising euthanasia here, I told them. ‘Very exciting!’ came… Read more

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Paul Mason's Postcapitalism is proof that the left is out of ideas

1 August 2015

The literary emissions of the left are hardly ever enjoyable, but they can be instructive. Last year Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century became one of the biggest-selling political… Read more

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The first things you should do in Florence

25 July 2015

The British have always been in love with Florence. First visits cannot disappoint. One friend recalls being herded around as a schoolgirl, unexpectedly coming face to face with the replica… Read more

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Treat the NHS as a religion, and you give it the right to run your life

6 June 2015

On a radio discussion show shortly before the general election I made the not terribly original point that the NHS had become our national religion. The first caller immediately objected.… Read more

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Smash Isis now – or we’ll all pay later

30 May 2015

For months, the White House has been saying that it has Isis on the run. Yet each week the world sees that Isis is only running forwards. Last week, the… Read more

A migrant woman waits in Lampedusa to board a ship bound for Sicily, April 23 2015. Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

How Lampedusa copes when the migrant ships come in

2 May 2015

 Lampedusa The young hang about in packs or speed around town, two to a scooter. Old women group together on benches around the town square in front of the church.… Read more

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Judith Miller, Scooter Libby, and the trouble with special prosecutors

25 April 2015

Nothing is capable of undermining American democracy more than its legal system. Amid the plea bargains, perp walks and 95 per cent conviction ratings for some crimes, one feature of… Read more

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'The truth is hard': an interview with Roger Scruton

4 April 2015

To the extent that Britain has philosophers, we do not expect them to address issues of any relevance to the rest of us. They may pursue some hermeneutic byway perhaps,… Read more

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A survivor of the Copenhagen attack speaks: ‘If we should stop drawing cartoons, should we also stop having synagogues?’

21 February 2015

Two years ago the Danish writer Helle Brix helped found the Lars Vilks Committee. The group of media figures from left and right came together to support the Swedish artist… Read more

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'Religion of peace' is not a harmless platitude

17 January 2015

The West’s movement towards the truth is remarkably slow. We drag ourselves towards it painfully, inch by inch, after each bloody Islamist assault. In France, Britain, Germany, America and nearly… Read more

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Why are we abandoning the Middle East's Christians to Isis?

13 December 2014

She took the call herself the night the Islamic State came into Mosul. ‘Convert or leave or you’ll be killed,’ she was told. The callers, identifying themselves as Isis members,… Read more

Survey Indicates Scotland Have Different Views On Migration From Rest Of UK

Who do we let in? It's time to choose

8 November 2014

It is the easiest thing in the world to say who should come to Britain and why. But if there are people who should be coming here, then surely there… Read more

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Jonathan Sacks on religion, politics and the civil war that Islam needs

1 November 2014

Jonathan Sacks has an impressive track record for predicting the age we are in. In his 1990 Reith Lectures, ‘The Persistence of Faith’, the then chief rabbi pushed back against… Read more

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Clive James on his late flowering: ‘I am in the slightly embarrassing position where I write poems saying I’m about to die and then don’t’

4 October 2014

Clive James has published a new poem days before we meet. It opens, ‘Your death, near now, is of an easy sort’. It is about a Japanese maple his daughter… Read more

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Our boys in the Islamic state: Britain's export jihad

23 August 2014

It is the now familiar nightmare image. A kneeling prisoner, and behind him a black-hooded man speaking to camera. The standing man denounces the West and claims that his form… Read more

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No, I haven’t seen that beheading video. And it’s not right to share it

16 August 2014

I am sure we’re all in agreement that watching videos of adults abusing children is wrong. At least outside the halls of BBC light entertainment (historically speaking) such a consensus… Read more

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Wanted: a leader for the free world

9 August 2014

There was a time when having almost two hundred of your citizens blown out of the sky was a big deal for a western democracy. But when Malaysian Airlines flight… Read more

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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

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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