It’s notable that criticism of it, and of nationhood, typically comes from the privileged, within the most economically and politically secure nations.
When we first increased, and then doubled, this budget, it improved many people’s lives. Reversing that would be a retrograde step.
Politics often expects a quick answer. But the quick answer often isn’t the best. From education to Brexit, complex questions deserve proper thought.
Plus: Nigel Farage steps into my shoes; life after gangs; and the absurd Remainer response to the Government’s Brexit papers.
Leaving the EU means we’re erecting an enormous trade barrier with our continent.
Also: Unionists accuse Sinn Fein of ‘ploy’ over talks; prominent Cybernat arrested; Ulster court throws out gay marriage case; and more.
May should make a virtue of the complexity.
He was excoriated for ramping up tensions over North Korea rather than cooling them down. But his aggression seems, for the moment at least, to be paying off.
Plus: Pakistani-origin men, child abuse gangs – and why political correctness has won out within Labour over common sense and truth.
The Conservative view of opportunity is nearer the truth than the cynicism of a villain in Game of Thrones.
Of course it is not sufficient to condemn violent racism, like that in Charlottesville, because it is unkind. But history teaches us that we must watch for signs of a loss of empathy for others.
This pernicious addiction ruins lives and families. The current rules are insufficient.
We will push back internally when ideologues call for sensible Ministers to be sacked because they are trying to act in the national interest over Brexit.
And those that never were, such as 1978, 1991 and 2007. Prime Ministers tend to make the opposite error to that of their predecessors.
Plus: UKIP goes nuts. And: Chapman’s tweets might lead you to believe that he’s taken some sort of personality-changing drug.