From Berlin to Beijing

The tradition of the Olympic torch relay is not ancient and has nothing to do with Greece. It was in fact an invention of the Third Reich

Operatic Passions

High Court Judges may not like it but The Jeremy Kyle show has a consistent underlying morality

Revisionist Thinking

If there are children suffering from test-related stress it is their teachers, not the tests, that must bear the blame

Scientific Stereotypes

I have had the privilege of meeting and observing hundreds of scientists over the years and can confirm that many (but not all) of the stereotypes about them are true

Name-dropping is Uncharitable

When charities drop their illustrious founders' names, we all lose

ONLINE ONLY: Speech at the Standpoint Launch

Drinking champagne at the Wallace Collection does not constitute the whole of that Western civilisation which Standpoint exists to celebrate and defend, but it feels like a good start

ONLINE ONLY: A Confrontation in London

Most of us, thankfully, still have relatively little direct experience of violent crime, although everyone but the most sheltered now suffers death by a thousand anti-social cuts, and the implicit threat they carry.

When Facts Get in the Way

British newspaper writing is famously more vigorous and readable than its American equivalent. But this comes at a price: there’s a good chance that anything you read in a British newspaper isn’t true.

Put Thumos in Your Tank

The new transatlantic buzzword is actually a very old one — ancient Greek, in fact. Thumos is defined by Robert Kagan as “a spiritedness and ferocity in defence of clan, tribe, city, or state”.

Where Britain Leads the World

One of the most important contributions which Britain made to the prosperity of the world in the 19th century was the repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846.

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"