Manchester Square

“Context and balanced opinion tend to be first on the sacrificial altar in any echo chamber”

“The purpose of this magazine, and the sign of its intelligence, is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind simultaneously”

Standpoint goes to press as the pandemic rages. So too does the search for blame and the political fall-out

“The lethal combination of the Trump administration’s “America First” approach and many European members’ complacent, cowardly and stingy approach risks making Nato irrelevant”

‘The issues are tricky: transgender people’s understandable desire to pursue happiness as members of the opposite sex can impinge on people born that way’

‘You are either awake — aware to the evils of the world and the one true path for dealing with them — or shamefully asleep. There is no room for discussion. You just have to wake up’

‘Standpoint is, as it has always been, a magazine for small-c conservatives and small-l liberals. But it is also for small-s socialists and small-g greens, and for those who resist pigeonholing on principle’

“Our next Prime Minister will now almost certainly be Boris Johnson. He himself now seems the only man who can stop this from happening”

“Standpoint will never proselytise or push a party line—but at the same time there should be no no-go areas for a magazine such as ours. Too many other titles seem unwilling to stray out of their comfort zone.”

The removal from public office of Britain’s best-known philosopher and perhaps the English-speaking world’s leading conservative thinker was particularly disquieting