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West pays the price for its decades of folly

What’s that deafening noise of squawking and screeching and flapping that we can now hear all around us? Why, it’s the West’s chickens finally coming home to roost. In Britain, a retired Russian spy and his daughter, Sergei and Yulia...Show More Summary

Secularism and religion: the onslaught against the west’s moral codes

It has become the orthodoxy in the West that freedom, human rights and reason all derive from secularism and that the greatest threat to all these good things is religion. I want to suggest that the opposite is true. In the service of...Show More Summary

Guardian Angel

My personal and political memoir Guardian Angel was published a few weeks ago. To whet your appetite, here’s an extract. When I started writing about the baleful effects of family breakdown, I was accosted angrily by someone I had previously thought of as a friend. Show More Summary

Left wingers can’t see their cesspool of antisemitism

For the left, bashing Israel and supporting the Palestinians is a noble cause. So there’s no reason to suspect that anyone associated with it will be anything other than decent. This is to ignore the symbiotic connection between Israel-bashing and antisemitism. Show More Summary

Maze of competitive sport

Please listen to me here on BBC Radio’s The Moral Maze discussing with my co-panellists Giles Fraser, Matthew Taylor and Michael Portillo, in the wake of damning criticisms of champion cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky, the grey lines over obtaining competitive advantage in sport. The post Maze of competitive sport appeared first on

War, North Korea and the art of the deal

One of the many wonders of progressive folk is their, ah, flexibility. It’s an article of faith for the modern progressive that war must be avoided at all costs. War is uncivilised, barbaric, a throwback to a brutal past and never solves anything (yes yes, I know, presumably Nazi Germany wasn’t solved either…). Show More Summary

The right is sticking by what they think is right

On his visit this week to Washington, D.C., Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu probably exchanged a wry word or two with President Donald Trump about their similar predicament. Both men are under siege from a legal, political and media establishment determined to lever them out of office. Show More Summary

One school that won’t settle for second best

At Michaela, which hasn’t been going long enough for pupils to get to GCSE, the children read classic literature including Shakespeare, Homer and Sophocles. I saw a class being taught to analyse Bach’s musical notation. Chronological...Show More Summary

Trump on trial – or kangaroo court?

This evening, I attended a panel discussion at Jewish Book Week in London entitled “Trump on trial”. The three panel members were all distinguished writers who viscerally loathe US President Donald Trump. What follows is an account of highlights of this discussion which I provide without further comment. Show More Summary

About time!

Woah! The 70 year boycott has finally ended. Prince William will become the first member of the British royal family to make an official visit to Israel later this year. Kensington Palace has announced that he will visit Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. Show More Summary

The cutting edge of secular illiberalism

The chill winds of secular intolerance are blowing ever more strongly across Europe, with Jews now struggling against the blast. A bill is being considered by Iceland’s parliament to ban circumcision for children under 18 years old. So here we go again. Show More Summary

The American right to bear arms

Having been travelling in America over the past couple of weeks, I observed at close quarters the fierce debate that erupted there over firearms in the wake of the massacre at the school in Parkland, Florida where 17 children and adults were killed and 14 others injured when they were gunned down by a mentally ill former student. Show More Summary

The EU’s solution to the Irish border issue. Who knew?

Day after day, the Remainer media hammer away at the apparently insoluble problem of the border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland after Brexit. Day after day, the BBC et al tell us that if there is a “hard” border the Northern...Show More Summary

The churchmouse roars – but remains a mouse

The mouse has roared. In his new book Reimagining Britain the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has said that Sharia should never become part of the British legal system because it is incompatible with our laws. High levels of Muslim immigration, he says, have led many to challenge majority values, especially in family life. Show More Summary

Contempt for the people by the Islington dinner party

The Labour leadership clearly thinks it’s been very clever in saying it would keep Britain in a customs union with the EU. This raises the possibility that Theresa May might be defeated in the Commons over Anna Soubry’s amendment proposing...Show More Summary

The war of our world; the struggle for conscience and reason

Please watch below the video of my recent talk in Beverly Hills to the David Horowitz Freedom Centre on “The war of our world: the struggle for conscience and reason”. The post The war of our world; the struggle for conscience and reason appeared first on

The world turned upside down: role of the media

Please find below the video of my recent talk in Toronto, organised by the Speakers Action Group, on “The world turned upside down; the role of the media”. The post The world turned upside down: role of the media appeared first on

“No liberty, no fraternity, no equality; the failure of the west”

Please find below the video of my recent talk in Toronto to the Speakers Action Group on the topic “No liberty, no equality, no fraternity: dealing with the failure of the west”. Melanie Phillips Lecture, No Liberty, No Equality, No Fraternity: Dealing with the Failure of the West. Show More Summary

Is this the seal of the prophet Isaiah?

The Hebrew University archeologist Dr Eilat Mazar has made what may be one of the most extraordinary finds ever made. In her excavations of the remains of the first Temple in Jerusalem, she has uncovered a bulla, or seal impression, which may have belonged to the prophet Isaiah. Show More Summary

The west’s darkest hour

There have been extraordinary scenes in cinemas throughout the United Kingdom. People have leapt to their feet in standing ovations, and grown men have been weeping. The source of the emotion? The wartime speeches of Winston Churchill...Show More Summary

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