Nigel Biggar

Is Scottish independence now inevitable?

‘For anyone who cares about peace within the British Isles and liberal democracy without, there are strong reasons to oppose Scottish independence. But how? In the 2014 referendum the case for the Union was made almost entirely in the unromantic terms of pounds and pence. It worked then, but it probably wouldn’t work now’

The naked emperors of British academia

Much criticism of my work on ethics and empire is at best misguided and at worst wilful misrepresentation

Mrs May Is Too Canny To Say Farewell To Arms

After Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, defeatists say the UK should never again intervene militarily abroad. The PM knows they are wrong 

Rhodes, Race, And The Abuse Of History

The Rhodes Must Fall campaign which divided Oxford was built on a misunderstanding of the past and a manipulation of the truth

Unionists, Don’t Despair: Scotland Is Not Lost — Yet

Unionists fear that the SNP represents all Scots and that a break-up of the United Kingdom is now inevitable. They don’t and it isn’t

Not for the Love of God

Karen Armstrong's Fields of Blood offers a magisterial debunking of the secularist tale

Independence Will Do Nothing for Scots

The claimed benefits are doubtful and the risks for all Britons are considerable. Only a fool would vote for Salmond's wild adventure

Damian McBride: A Cautionary Tale

Did Gordon Brown’s aide receive moral formation at Peterhouse, Cambridge? If not, why not?

Was Britain Right To Go To War In 1914?

Despite the fearful losses we should not shrink from celebrating our forebears’ decision to resist German aggression 100 years ago

Can Science Replace Religion In Our Lives?

That materialists and ministers struggle to justify morality shows there is still a place for Christianity in intellectual and public life

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"