The Outsider’s Diary

“Perhaps it isn’t surprising that skin colour became a state of mind in a year when gender already had”

“And what — beyond grief — can European citizens do after Paris? Can we be anything more than mourners at our own funeral?”

‘From the point of view of anyone seeking safety and comfort the whole business of life is very badly organised’

“Jeremy Corbyn is a polite, decent and evidently sincere man encumbered by lunatic beliefs. On BBC Question Time he attributed the beach massacre in Tunisia to ‘austerity'”

‘Is the transformation of Kim Jong-un into an ugly minor celebrity, whom everyone can laugh at, our way of coping — or a demonstration of a barbarous flippancy?’

‘I have always kept a special portion of my spleen dedicated to loathing the Liberal Democrats’

‘In addressing inequality we should be careful not to wage war on those elite visions of life, such as the Getty Villa in LA, that do so much to alleviate its mundanity’

“I have known Maajid Nawaz since he came out of prison in Egypt a decade ago and we’ve both travelled a long way since, sometimes together, sometimes on opposite sides.”

“Could the Metropolitan Police now explain why Bob Lambert was stirring up Muslim audiences against me?”

‘I cannot think of a politician (and I have quite a list) who has been so consistently rude to and about me as Brooks Newmark’