Open Season

Can we reverse the “long march”?

‘After a long time people are finally beginning to wake up to “the long march through the institutions”—the idea that left-wing “progressives” have to infiltrate public bodies in order to push through their ideologies. The long march is now well underway’

Black and Asian Britons should not be treated as a bloc

‘People do not vote as a bloc, and ethnic or racial groups—and often individuals within these groups—contain a multitude of political opinions’

There have always been “woke” students—the problem is their elders

‘The people running these institutions—they’re the people who are actually cancelling the songs, renaming the buildings and withdrawing the paintings’

Can a white conservative be trusted?

There is particularly fertile ground for mistrust in an era in which fear has become a dominant public perspective

A defence of difference

"We seldom hear much about freedom from contemporary social justice activists. They don’t want freedom — freedom would mean taking responsibility for one’s life"

That’s entertainment

‘Vast swathes of the television production community stopped working overnight. Any television show involving camera crews, studio audiences, the general public, travel, or proximity of any kind, was, at best, postponed indefinitely; at worst, cancelled outright’

God’s waiting room

‘The homelessness charity St Mungo’s believes the pandemic can lead to a significant long-term reduction in rough sleeping when the lockdown ends. But the current situation suggests this vision might as well have been expressed by Walter Mitty’

Britain must reinvent itself

‘We should seize the opportunity presented by Brexit to reinvent ourselves’

The perils of two-wheeled oiks in lycra

‘The cyclist’s pent-up hostility and cavalier attitude to rules finds its apotheosis in confrontations with pedestrians’

Living in Cancerland

Cancer is no joke. But staying cheerful helps

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"