CapX

Don’t listen to actors off stage

CapX

Actors, thought Samuel Johnson, were “no better than creatures set upon tables and joint-stools to make faces and produce laughter, like dancing dogs”. The dyspeptic doctor liked to say things for effect but, on this occasion, he was drawing on a lengthy classical tradition that saw acting as a form of professionalised deceit or moral...

Washington Examiner

American campus craziness comes to Oxford

Washington Examiner

Would you hire a lawyer who couldn’t handle references to violence? If not, then be wary of anyone who graduated from Oxford with a law degree in 2016. Lecturers at my old university are being told that they should issue ‘trigger warnings’ when discussing ‘potentially distressing’ cases. I suppose it was only a matter of...

Conservative Home

Cheer up, Conservatives! There is no “Tory civil war” over the EU

Conservative Home

Journalists have a cliché for every occasion, and the referendum has summoned forth several old favourites: “blue-on-blue”, “Tory splits”, “civil war”. This time, though, they’re wrong. I don’t just mean that they’re wrong in the sense that they miss the bigger issue: whether Britain remains part of the unfolding disaster in the EU is a...

AECR

The Schengen tragedy of the common

AECR

Schengen is failing. The EU’s flagship policy that allowed for the free-movement of people within the EU’s borders is unravelling at the seams. When Angela Merkel announced that Germany would welcome all that sought refuge at its border in September 2015, the move was celebrated as a sign of Germany’s progressive leadership. Today, the reality...

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