The Outsider’s Diary

“From Hollywood to Holyrood, people think they are fighting the Nazis. But they’re not”

“After a year such as this, even shocks now fail to surprise”

“Politics goes bad when ideas go bad and the ideas have gone bad in Europe because free speech went bad”

“One of the principles of public service is that it does not just consist of a race to the top with the resignation of those who lose”

“Theresa May’s safe pair of hands seems a great blessing after the vacuum Cameron and Osborne left us in”

“What would George Weidenfeld have thought of Brexit? He would have analysed the causes and asked: ‘Now — how do we save Europe?'”

“The streets of San Francisco are largely populated by zombies, howling at the
pavement and cursing the moon”

‘It is Homer Simpson, I believe, who is credited with the observation, “Actors—is there anything they don’t know?”’

“Our decent desire to be polite, combined with our indecent concessions to fear, make reform of Islam less likely”

‘If we do leave the EU, it should be more in a spirit of regret than of celebration’