Given the salience of the topic, we are republishing the Chair of the Foreign Select Committee’s article above each day this week.
As a rule, the Conservatives are unclear about the politics of equality and identity. But there’s at least one Minister who isn’t.
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Iain Dale: The EU’s insipid response to China’s Hong Kong aggression. Another reason to be glad we’re leaving.
Plus: Trump. Racist, divisive, narcissistic. I can say that – but Johnson can’t. And: the return of the #virtuesignallingtastic Gardiner.
Alec Shelbrooke: Next year’s exam season should be postponed – to allow more catch-up time in schools
It would require the willingness of exam boards to adjust their timetables. But with the will to achieve this, it could be done.
Rees-Mogg is right to defend the traditions of the House, but with a majority and years until an election there is no need to rush things.
Garvan Walshe: America’s military leaders are ready to resist illegal orders from the country’s rogue President. How has it come to this?
Trump seems to be modelling himself on Richard Nixon. But he’s more like segregationalist George Wallace.
While we want to honour our healthcare system and its workers, we must be open to exploring how we can improve it too.
Some of its problems can be fixed. Others won’t be. And one perhaps can’t be: namely, that this Parliament seems to be incapable of saying No.
Darren Grimes: A Pride Day? There’s a good case for one. But a whole Pride Month? That’s just virtue signalling.
At the end of the day, being gay in 2020 is ok. We are no longer prime victims of oppression, and we should reject four weeks of self-indulgence and narcissism.
Graham Brady: As it stands, the quarantine plan won’t work, will wreck holidays, damage aviation – and lose jobs
It would be a sad irony if we chose to shut down the international connectivity on which so much of our prosperity depends.
Robert Halfon: There must be no tax rises for lower income voters to help meet the costs of the virus
No fuel duty rises, self-employed taxes, income tax rises, more taxes on food and drink – and the like.
Luke Evans: Covid-19 has put a stop to much. But not to one big local problem, which continues. Rows over planning.
I’ve been thinking about how we can make planning even more accountable and predictable too. I would love to hear your thoughts on my ideas.
American liberals have a fervent belief in equality, and will do everything they can for the American people short of spending any time with them.
He tells us about his views on Hong Kong, and how he balances his “absolute” loyalty to both the church and Government over re-openings for worship.