Human Rights

Mr Gove, Here Is Our Statute of Liberty

The European Convention is no longer fit for purpose. It is time for the Lord Chancellor to enshrine our freedoms in British law

End Syria’s War

‘Four years of Western inaction in Syria have contributed to the crisis in the Mediterranean. So has our ill-conceived intervention in Libya’

Mapping The Rocky Road To A British Bill Of Rights

The government now has an opportunity to reform our human rights laws — but progress will be tricky

Unethical Tourism

‘It seems a little early for me to give my trust and travellers cheques to Iran, merely on the promise that the new leader smiles more than the last’

What Do We Mean When We Speak of Freedom?

Two rival concepts of liberty have their roots in medieval canon law and Anglo-Saxon England

Jesse Norman and Plagiarism: A Response

The MP's suggestion that I had stolen from his pamphlet rankled. I did nothing of the sort.

A Conservative Convention

'The European Convention on Human Rights is to a substantial degree a Conservative document. Withdrawal is a bad idea'

Wrong on Human Rights

‘Temporarily withdrawing from the human rights convention in order to deport Abu Qatada would be absurd’

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"