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‘It is clear that he does not own up to all the mistakes he made. Dave has a very clear idea of how far he can go while keeping what remains of his reputation intact’

‘In 2019, as Britain faces the prospect of its first truly radical left-wing government, Conservatives are nowhere near frightened enough. If they were, they would defend the checks the British constitution and European law place on power ’

‘Why is it unacceptable for white people to dress up as black, but harmless fun when men dress up as women?’

‘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’

‘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’