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


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


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

Fanny and Johnnie Cradock contemplate their collection of miniatures, 1956

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

Loading Stolen Art

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


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

Michael Caine

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


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


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

World War I. Belligerent children feeling hopeful.

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

Douglas Murray

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


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


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

Miniature of Edmund Burke in middle age (English School)

"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


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


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


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


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


Israel under siege

24 November 2012

The dictators have fallen one by one. Several more look likely to fall soon, and few will miss them. But as popular revolutions approach their demise, something else has come… Read more

Alan Bennett

Beyond a joke

10 November 2012

This week the National Theatre opened another new play — its seventh — by Alan Bennett. For those who know only his earlier work, Bennett remains the Queen Mother of… Read more

President Barack Obama walks past Marine

Even if he wins, Obama will be diminished

20 October 2012

If a US presidential election has the potential to wear down foreign observers, let alone the American public, imagine what it must do to the candidates. The challenger must spend… Read more


Free speech betrayed

22 September 2012

In Benghazi the ‘spontaneous protestors’ arrived with rocket-propelled grenades and killed the US ambassador. In Kabul the crowds chanted ‘Death to America’. American flags were torched from London to Sydney.… Read more


Dictating terms

25 August 2012

When the International Criminal Court (ICC) was set up ten years ago, it was meant to make the world a safer place. The Court and the various UN war crimes… Read more

TS Eliot

Have it by heart

18 August 2012

Earlier this year the Education Secretary Michael Gove suggested that primary school children ought to learn a poem by heart. Even if the teaching unions had not objected I would… Read more


Is there any way to stop the infantilisation of Britain

21 July 2012

As the world turns to London it may still imagine us a serious, taciturn people. If so, the world is in for a shock. For Britain has become a land… Read more


At home with the Stalins

30 June 2012

We all know what a city does when a local boy or girl has done good. But what do you do when the local boy turns out to have done… Read more