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“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”

‘It seems that there has been no real appetite on the part of police and CPS to pursue prosecutions for rape pornography. Meanwhile, there has been an explosion in the availability of online pornography, and a mainstreaming of forms of violent sex that were once confined to a niche’

‘It is a sign of the speed and sure-footedness of Keir Starmer’s ascendancy that it now seems inconceivable that Labour could have elected anybody else. It is easy to forget that in the aftermath of the election on December 13, some pundits thought he might be crushed by the Corbyn machine’

‘Working from home, previously often seen as a luxury to which not many workers had the right, has suddenly become the new normal. With workers across sectors grappling to be productive in the face of the new challenges, the impacts of the new work model are beginning to crystallise’

‘The illusion of control that dictatorships offer is just that. They promise their acolytes eternal life in exchange for silence. But silence is expensive’

“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”

Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year resonates with our new way of life

‘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’