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‘Merit’ is a sham — paths that used to be available for the middle class have become blocked, and the gap between the one per cent and the rest is ever-widening

‘The nation state is not the endpoint of history, nor is it even a basic fact of human history’

‘You do not have to be a radical socialist to admit that since the financial crisis capitalism has failed to deliver the goods’

‘It’s just with regard to, like, discussion about anti-Semitism . . . well, I just keep thinking one thing. Why is it always them?’

‘The urge to renew tussles with the impulse to preserve’

‘Since the referendum, the attitude of the Irish government to the result—contemptuous, disbelieving, disrespectful—has grated. Leo Varadkar, a conformist individual, was in office at just the time when a fixer was what was needed’

‘Female and male bodies differ in many ways that make the best women uncompetitive with even mediocre men’

‘If the Brexit Party is strong enough to help unseat Johnson in Uxbridge, then it will do the same to other Tories, meaning a hung Parliament’

‘Gossip is as important as the green benches in the chamber of the House of Commons. Without it, the country would sink’

‘The problems that plague the criminal justice system are not rooted in an imagined “Leftist” criminal justice culture; they spring directly from the near-obliteration of the justice system by budget cuts of nearly 50 per cent over the past decade’