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The West spends too much money on weapons and too little time on promoting its real strength: ideas

‘You have to prove you have the knowledge/expertise/ experience to be allowed to step outside your own culture. To whom, I wonder, do you have to prove this?’

‘The Today Programme will survive John Humphrys leaving but will we all survive the death of the right to make poor jokes?’

‘Accountability is the antithesis of independence. Judges who hold their positions at the pleasure of the executive will be expected to please the executive. Which, of course, is the whole idea’

‘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’