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  • Jobless

    The EU's unemployment debacle

    The single market became a bonanza for multinationals who lobbied to entrench their positions at the expense of smaller businesses. The whole EU edifice has crushed innovation and cost vast numbers of jobs. We're going to be so much better off out

    by John Redwood MP - 26 February 2017
  • Beijing2

    Peace in Asia?

    Many predictions about Asia's future success in general, and China's in particular, have been misleadingly rosy. Our greatest conundrum is that what is happening in Asia today runs counter to our own narrative of modernization. The great worry is that Asia is moving closer to war rather than further away from it

    by James Pethokoukis - 25 February 2017
  • Pope_francis

    Pope Francis and sins of omission on jihadism

    As holy and wonderful as he is, Pope Francis is not currently providing the intellectual leadership needed to defend Christianity and its adherents against the onslaught of jihad. We should never tar all Muslims with the same brush, but, in one of the great modern day tragedies, Christians are being driven from their homelands in the Middle East, with little help coming from the West

    by Dexter Van Zile - 25 February 2017
  • Jeremy_corbyn

    Totalitarians like Corbyn don't care about Labour

    Jeremy Corbyn isn't a fool. He's looking at the same evidence the rest of us are. After Copeland and amid all the opinion polls he knows Labour will be slaughtered at the general election. But as a totalitarian he doesn't care, and that's why he won't resign

    by the commentator - 24 February 2017
  • Swamp

    Will Trump drain the swamp or wallow in it?

    Corruption in Washington is a huge issue that people do not take seriously enough. President Trump's supporters demand that he make good on his promise to drain the swamp. But what if he just wallows in it and gargles the muck instead?

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 22 February 2017
  • Charles_bridge

    Foreign aid should not be abused for a Brexit deal

    The idea being bandied around that Britain should bribe Eastern European countries with foreign aid to get a good Brexit deal is futile. It is not just, since these countries are too rich to qualify, and it isn't necessary as a free trade deal is even more in the EU's interests than ours anyway

    by John Redwood MP - 20 February 2017
  • Nato

    Trump has a point on Europe abdicating responsibilities

    The Trump administration does appear to be in a state of chaos over foreign policy, but the Americans are absolutely right that Europe has been abdicating its international obligations for years. We should remember our motes and beams

    by the commentator - 18 February 2017
  • Greek_riots

    No peace inside the Eurozone for Greece

    The unresolved Greek debt crisis has flared up again pitting the IMF against the German-led EU. Greece can never recover until it quits a single curreny that is out of kilter with its fundamentals. But La La Land Eurocrats will destroy Greece altogether before admittimg they are wrong

    by Jayne Adye - 18 February 2017
  • Statue_of_liberty

    America's diminishing economic liberty

    The United States comes in at an unspectacular number 17 in this year's global economic freedom index. America dropped to its lowest ever position under Obama. The big question now is whether it will go up or even further down under the entirely unpredictable Trump administration

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 16 February 2017
  • Caves_at_qumran

    Scrolls tell the truth in the Middle East

    From Holocaust denial to efforts in international organizations such as UNESCO to detach proven Jewish heritage in the Middle East from the State of Israel, the truth will always out, and the scrolls don't lie

    by Michael Curtis - 16 February 2017
  • Guardian

    Established media peddles plenty of alternative facts

    For all the outrage from the Left at "fake news" it is they who peddle it more than most. From the lies of political correctness to Project Fear and Brexit established media has plenty to answer for

    by John Redwood MP - 15 February 2017
  • Jean-claude_juncker

    EU countries like Italy want a smooth Brexit deal

    Having failed in the ‘we can’t go it alone’ shtick, the Remoaners’ second argument ‘we will be left high and dry by a determined, united 27’ might also be complete tosh. Italy, for one big country, is mightly concerned about all the Italians living in the UK who send money home. They'll want a smooth Brexit deal

    by Tim Hedges - 13 February 2017
  • Donald_trump

    People aren’t even giving Trump a chance

    We need a more nuanced less hsyterical approach to the Trump presidency. A number of his moves are not sensible. But he has made some excellent appointments and nominations, not least to the Supreme Court. Context also helps. Obama's presidency was one of unbridled arrogance and ideological straightjackets

    by Taylor Dibbert - 12 February 2017
  • Brexit_bill

    Everyone's coming round to Brexit

    It seems strange to recall that the House of Commons was once thought to be a major obstacle to Brexit. But as the Notification for Withdrawal Bill breezed through parliament yesterday we are reminded that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Rejoice. Brexit is on track, and it will be a great success

    by Joseph Hackett -  9 February 2017
  • St_peter's_square

    Farce in the Vatican

    Pope Francis has got himself into a right old mess over condoms. The problem is that he can't say condoms are OK, but he doesn't want the rules enforced too strictly. Add in the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, and a gay butler, and you have the makings of very Vaticanesque pickle

    by Tim Hedges -  7 February 2017