Culture, Nature, and liberal issues

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Strictly Come elitism

John Sergeant has sparked the most interesting argument about democracy since - oh, I don't know, since George W Bush did or didn't win the popular vote and was rescued (or not) by the Electoral College in 2004. Read more...

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20 November 2008

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Reasons to be Right

There are obvious reasons not to be on the right of the cultural and political debate. You won't be liked, for start, and people will think you are selfish or even fascist. Here are some reasons in favour. Read more...

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19 November 2008

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Dishing the “Mutton Renaissance”

I can't stand BBC Radio 4's Food Programme. This is odd since it's about my beloved farming industry and food - to which my mind wanders constantly. It's the propaganda I can't stomach. Read more...

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17 November 2008

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Rich Kid, Poor Kid

This marvellous show was like a minute Dickens novella. Of course it was unfair: the odds against the poor little rich girl coming out ahead were very small. And yet one's heart went out to her. Read more...

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16 November 2008

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The nastiness of the right

People flinch whenever one mentions "the right". It's true: right wing arguments are a hard sell. Here goes. Read more...

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10 November 2008

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A conflicted right-wing manifesto

Intellectual and practical life is a series of paradoxes and conundrums. I would never follow a purist, though purism can be wonderfully clarifying. Read more...

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10 November 2008

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Civilised Right-wing, Politics & campaigns

Handling protest (1 of 3)

We should be tougher in the way we think about protest. That was the burden of my written evidence to a Parliamentary committee on Human Rights. Sometimes we seem to get heavy about very little. But more often we think disruptive or vicious protest is really sort of OK. It isn't. Read more...

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09 November 2008

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Politics & campaigns

A few tart words on Barack Obama

Mr Obama has created or been created by a moment in history.  It is a mixed blessing, this triumph. Whilst it is good that the US has overcome years of racism to produce a black president, it is less obviously good that a man has been elected president because he is black. No way out of that conundrum, probably, but it sours things a little. Read more...

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09 November 2008

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