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The New Culture Forum — a think-tank run by Standpoint columnist Peter Whittle — is hosting a lecture by Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt on philanthropy and the recession. Standpoint readers are invited to this free event. Details as follows:

The influence of cowards and cultural relativists in the UK appears to have spread to the other side of the world. Australia, where sharia law has become a shadow legal system, has cited our apparent tolerance of polygamous and underage marriage amongst the Muslim community in a bid to justify its growing influence.

‘We need to present a career in the army as a proven route out of the structural unemployment which dogs young Muslims’

In his October Wine column, Saintsbury quotes Dr Johnson on novelties to great effect: “…novelty is always grateful where it gives no pain.” Well, the BBC gave me pain twice this week with its novelties. 

Catherine Hakim is not a feminist name you will know. She may yet earn the moniker, “anti-feminist feminist”, once bestowed on Camille Paglia, but I doubt it. When you publish a book as risibly unsubstantiated as Honey Money: The Power of Erotic Capital (Allen Lane), being compared to Paglia would be like declaring Katie Price the new Bridget Bardot.

Every day of this year’s triennial week-long Catholic festival in Madrid, Anna Halpine reports from the world’s largest gathering of young people.

Every day of this year’s triennial week-long Catholic festival in Madrid, Anna Halpine reports from the world’s largest gathering of young people.

Every day of this year’s triennial week-long Catholic festival in Madrid, Anna Halpine reports from the world’s largest gathering of young people.

Every day of this year’s triennial week-long Catholic festival in Madrid, Anna Halpine reports from the world’s largest gathering of young people.

I have a piece in the Saturday edition of Lebanon’s Daily Star looking at the motivations behind Anders Breivik’s attacks last month.  Click here if you’re interested.