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The independence vote is rightly nothing to do with the English but I hope the Scottish vote no. Britishness is too important....(full article)

The formalities of Jean-Claude Juncker’s appointment as president of the European Commission were completed in Brussels this week – and they fulfilled all David Cameron...(full article)

Competent ministers have been sacked in order to strengthen Chancellor George Osborne’s position....(full article)

Mr Cameron unmistakably began doing something that is no less alarming for having been long trailed. He is clearing the ground for an election pledge to repeal the Human Rights Act...(full article)

Britain can’t afford the ever-expanding NHS – it must charge for some services or cap the insatiable demands made on it by an ageing population...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

UK Youth Identity Crisis: Jihad & Stag Parties - Rashid Razaq, LES

British teenagers in search of fun and adventure in sunnier climes have provoked outrage and revulsion as well as made front-page news in recent days. On the face of it, going off ...

British Guilt over Jihadis Is for Dummies - Janet Daley, Daily Telegraph

In order to persuade young Muslims that their allegiance belongs here, this country will have to question its own casual self-loathing....

West Should Leave the Muslim World Alone - Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

The people of the Muslim world clearly need the west's humanitarian aid and sanctuary in distress. Britain must accept that there will be echoes of their conflicts in its domestic ...

A Very British Witch Hunt - Ron Liddle, The Spectator

With the good old 30-year rule, Britain can have self-righteous hysteria without anyone in charge ever suffering the consequences...

Surveillance vs. Snooping - The Independent

Britain debates the surveillance state....

Why Britain (and the World) Is Getting Fatter - Roger Cohen, NY Times

The world will get fatter for the foreseeable future because humans in their ingenuity have created a near-perfect environment for the propagation of fatness....

London More Toxic Than Beijing - Zoe Williams, The Guardian

Oxford Street's more polluted than Beijing and the sky's alive with cranes. Just what kind of city is Boris Johnson creating?...

Would a Constitution Save Britain from EU? - Phil Johnston, Telegraph

Do we need a written constitution? This question is to be the subject for public debate over the next six months in the run-up to the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in 2015. On T...

Cameron Plays Euro Roulette with Scotland - Alex Salmond, Independent

Scotland’s referendum this September is a defining moment for our nation. Polling day itself will be a time when Scotland is sovereign for the first time in more than three c...

A Sex Scandal to Rock the British Establishment - Anne Perkins, Guardian

The unravelling of these allegations may turn out to be the final revenge of the 20th century's grim politics of sexuality, when institutionalised hypocrisy corrupted everything it...

How Matteo Renzi Beat Merkel on Austerity - Anatole Kaletsky, Reuters

Matteo Renzi, the prime minister of Italy who took the revolving presidency of the European Union this week, seems to be the sort of man that Napoleon was referring to when he repu...

Vote Yes, Scots -- and Set the English Free - Simon Heffer, The Spectator

This is a pity, not just for practical reasons, but for emotional ones too. Much of the argument over the Union is rooted in nostalgia and sentimentality: so many of the partisans ...

What Britain Will Lose if Scotland Goes - James Forsyth, The Spectator

The rump that would be left behind after a Scottish yes vote would become a global laughing stock. Whenever the Prime Minister of what remained of the United Kingdom raised his voi...

The Juncker Affair and the British Question - Michael Leigh, GMF

The European Council's nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker, the former prime minister of Luxembourg, as future European Commission President appears to be a crushing defeat for Briti...

What's Going on in British Prisons? - Joe Clarke, Vice

Scarlett was one of 74 self-inflicted deaths recorded in English and Welsh prisons last year, the highest rate since 2007. This trend has continued with 32 more deaths between the ...

The Monarchy Is Holding Canada Back - Paul Heinbecker, Globe and Mail

Fealty to the British monarchy is an anachronism and a drag on Canadian foreign policy that confuses many and delivers little. It is time to turn the page on Buckingham Palace. Doi...

EU Would Also Be Harmed by Brexit - Hugo Dixon, Reuters

It is not just Britain which would be damaged if it quit the European Union. So would other members. Jean-Claude Juncker’s nomination as Commission president at last Friday&r...

How Cameron Can Recover from Euro Defeat - The Guardian

If Mr Cameron loses power in next year's general election, little of the damage that has been inflicted on Britain's relationship with the EU in the last few days may in fact matte...

The Royal Family Isn't Worth Tuppence - Catherine Bennett, Observer

In a further attempt to finesse its escalating cost, to which the refurbishment of a 20-room apartment for the benefit of an unemployed young family of three made a dramatic cont...

Princes Charles and the Royal Prerogative - Daily Telegraph

The Prince of Wales’s critics are in a flap because His Royal Highness has opinions – on grammar schools, climate change and complementary medicine, among other things. What pa...

Europe Just Became Even More German - Mats Persson, Daily Telegraph

Some German commentators and politicians bought into the idea of Spitzenkandidaten because they see it as a way of replicating the German federal model at the EU level (NB: ‘...

The EU Elects a President Nobody Wants - Ian Traynor, The Guardian

A catalogue of complacency, negligence, miscalculation and manoeuvring by national leaders over the past nine months conspired to deliver an outcome no one really wanted – Je...

Drifting Britain Needs a Foreign Policy - Philip Stephens, Financial Times

Britain is an island that has lost its moorings. What it needs is a foreign policy. Not another vainglorious attempt to reclaim lost grandeur, but a measured strategy to mark out i...

Great Britain Is Crumbling - Gideon Rachman, The National Interest

First the empire disappeared. Now Britain itself could crumble. Scottish independence would have global implications....

Cameron Isolated in EU Leader Search - Juergen Baetz & Geir Moulson, AP

Many political battles are ugly - but toss in 28 nations, high unemployment, angry voters and a skeptical Britain and the fight over who will be the European Union's next chief exe...

Scotland's Nationalist Folly - Tom Gallagher, The National Interest

The Scottish independence movement, headed by the disingenuous rogue Alex Salmond, is leading the country toward disaster....

Britain and Europe Are Heading for a Divorce - Clive Crook, Bloomberg

Will the U.K. move next to a more serious discussion of a British exit from the EU? Opinions are expressed on both sides, of course, but there's no real discussion. The loudest voi...

UK's Wooing of Germany Has Flopped - Gideon Rachman, Financial Times

Left to their own devices, Mr Cameron and Ms Merkel could probably have sorted out the commission presidency and a host of other EU issues over a convivial lunch. In reality, both ...

Counting the Cost of Scottish Independence - Peter Jones, The Scotsman

Leaving the UK would mean leaving the fiscal union which offsets the effects of Scotland having an inappropriate monetary policy, for example high interest rates which depress empl...

Ignore Scaremongers: ISIS Is No Threat to UK - Simon Jenkins, Guardian

Liam Fox, MI6 and co are preparing the ground for more military intervention and greater powers for GCHQ -- spuriously justified by the fear of returning jihadists....

The One Area of World Politics Where Europe Excels - Dan Drezner, WaPo

The ironic thing is that the one region of the globe that appears to have hit upon a peaceful formula for dealing with this problem is also the region responsible for most of the w...

UK Should Welcome China -- It Is the Future - Martin Jacques, Telegraph

A month ago, China overtook the US to become the largest economy in the world by one measure. By 2030 it is projected that the Chinese economy will be twice as large as America’s...

Britain's Jihadist Threat Is Growing - Philip Johnston, Daily Telegraph

The accents are unmistakeably British. Three young Muslim men, seated cross-legged with automatic rifles in their laps, speak to a camera from somewhere inside Syria appealing to o...

The Threat to Britain That Can't Be Ignored - Daily Telegraph

We cannot be indifferent to what is happening in Syria and Iraq, imagining it to be a self-contained, faraway war between Muslims....

Has Britain's Foreign Secretary Lost It? - Daily Mail

To most of the world, it is blindingly obvious that Tony Blair, who inflamed the Middle East by invading Iraq, could hardly be worse qualified to serve as the international communi...

Thatcher's Revolution Still Unfinished - Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph

Mrs Thatcher believed economic liberty was at the heart of human worth. But it and political freedom are everywhere under threat...

Has Alex Salmond Already Won? - Brian Groom, Financial Times

This debate has barely begun. The public in England, which accounts for more than four-fifths of the UK’s population, has been phlegmatic to the point of indifference about t...

It's in Britain's Interests to Secure a Stable Iraq - Daily Telegraph

The survival of Nouri al-Maliki's democratically elected government is of crucial importance to the West....

Anxiety, Anger and Frustration in Insecure Britain - The Guardian

Voters blame migrant workers for their insecurity. Politicians must show them it is not the migrants' fault....

Toward a Federal Future for the UK - Financial Times

If Scotland votes No to independence in September, the UK will doubtless become consumed by the 2015 general election and the possibility of an EU referendum two years later. But ...

Blair Is Mad to Deny His Role in the Iraq Mess - Boris Johnson, Telegraph

The reality is that before the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, there was no al‑Qaeda presence in that country, none at all. Saddam was a ruthless Ba’athist tyrant who trea...

Britain Has Let Islamists Run Riot - Douglas Murray, The Spectator

The Birmingham schools row is the logical outcome of years of weak policy and political correctness....

Britain Must Go Back & Finish the Job in Iraq - John McTernan, Guardian

The fall of Mosul has left our leaders silent, while others mutter about Bush and Blair. But at Iraq's hour of greatest need we cannot stand by....

London Must Choose Uber or Nostalgia - Marc Champion, Bloomberg View

A disruptive technology has arrived from the U.S., in the form of the taxi app Uber, to threaten the protected markets that have allowed European cab drivers to keep fares high and...

The West Must Align with Iran to Stop Jihadists - Peter Oborne, Telegraph

With Egypt facing grave problems, Iran has emerged as the most stable and powerful country in the Middle East. Again and again since the 9/11 attack on the twin towers in 2001, the...

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