Laurie Wastell

Laurie Wastell is a freelance writer based in London.

The outrageous shutdown of NatCon Brussels

Brussels A familiar refrain at any National Conservatism conference is that leftist elites are censorious, authoritarian and intolerant of free speech. Today, it seemed like this was proven correct, after the Brussels police were ordered to shut down the conference in an outrageous assault on freedom of speech. It has been a surreal day so

Kemi Badenoch’s diversity crusade doesn’t go far enough

This week, the equalities minister and business secretary Kemi Badenoch took aim at Britain’s woke bureaucracy. The government’s Inclusion at Work panel, convened by Badenoch last year, has unveiled its new report into UK employers’ Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) practices. Composed of private and public-sector experts and advised by a Harvard professor, the panel

Labour’s ‘equalities’ dystopia

With Sir Keir Starmer creeping closer to No. 10 every day, attention is rightly being paid to the radicalism of Labour’s agenda. Many have pointed to the awful prospect of its Race Equality Act, which would entail vast social engineering by state bureaucrats in pursuit of racial ‘equity’. Labour backs a definition of ‘Islamophobia’ that arguably

The shamelessness of Hope not Hate

You would think that a group called ‘Hope not Hate’ would have a lot of important things to talk about at the moment. It could look at how the threat of Islamist extremism is corrupting our democracy, for instance. It might raise the alarm about the MPs unwilling to vote with their conscience when it

How identity politics infiltrated the judiciary

The ‘paraglider girls’ ruling last week has thrown long-standing questions about judicial impartiality in Britain into sharp relief. On Tuesday, three women convicted of appearing to show support for Hamas by displaying paraglider images were let off virtually scot-free by a judge, Tan Ikram, who had previously handed down jail sentences for private WhatsApp memes. When

The problem with the ‘paraglider girls’ ruling

Yesterday at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, three women were convicted of terror offences for wearing clothes or carrying signs that appeared to glorify Hamas – and they were let off virtually scot-free. The leniency of this ruling raises yet more questions about judicial impartiality in this country At a central London pro-Palestine march the week after the