Manchester Square

Trump, Merkel and Brexit

"At the time of writing it is Mrs Merkel, rather than Mr Trump, whose authority is falling away"

Ten more years

The culture of intolerant individualism preaches diversity but practises conformity

Watchmen of the West

'Trump may not be the ideal leader of the free world. But he understands what is at stake, he knows what must be done and he has the willpower to see it through'

Standpoint takes a stand

"Over a hundred issues, Standpoint's focus and urgency have remained constant"

Time to stand up to Berlin

"All but ready to give up in despair, our opinion-formers wallow in recrimination and blame"

Freedom vs. fatalism

“Civilisation” implies so much that defies definition, but is instantly recognisable. So here is an attempt to illustrate by a literary example what seems to us to be worth defending

Brexit and Balfour

'We need a national debate about the kind of country we now hope to be; and we need it now.'

The Trump Doctrine

"There are plenty of precedents for leaders of the free world going it alone"

The status quo cannot hold

Can the West defend itself? On the face of it, the question answers itself: of course we can. And yet Donald Trump has called into question its very survival.

From Moscow to Canterbury

"Russia remains an enigma. We have no easy answer to the problems that arise when a great nation turns its back on Western civilisation."

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"