Countries need a balance of self-criticism and self-confidence. People are often called on to act for a greater good. But if Britain is shameful, why bother?
He’s a distraction and so can’t possibly have his mind on the job. But the Guardian and Mirror got a lot of the story wrong – and should apologise.
There are three main factors at work – genetics, plus cultural and social factors. And it’s not possible at present to disentangle the mix.
Needed during the coming weeks: a Government information campaign for older people, their families, employers and businesses.
The trust factor is simply less relevant, because fewer people are accessing the Corporation’s output in the first place.
And so it was that the cause of Remain, fronted by Cameron and George Osborne, lost out to that of Leave, led by…Boris Johnson and Michael Gove.
When Lord Kerr whistled, voters turned the Nelsonian equivalent of a deaf ear. When they whistled, he was dragged helplessly along by the command of a democratic vote.
Had he been on the Left, he would have been regarded as one of our towering public intellectuals. But he committed the ultimate sin: he was a Thatcherite.
By being so scornful, his critics have set a low bar for him. We are about to see whether he can astonish them by bounding over it.
The newspaper’s dismissal of “privileged pain” targets political opponents, not simply the rich.
Plus: Johnson, not a populist. Hunt’s beside manner. Lewis and his highly professional CCHQ team. And: the courage of 16 year old Ajay.
The investigation, after all, concerns the systematic rape of underage girls. The non-reaction to it says much about our culture and times.
My Harlow constituent described her life as having been served a “lifetime sentence” of psychological and emotional torment.
The first in a mini-series of three pieces on this site about anti-Muslim prejudice – and what the Government and Party should do about it.
He is perfectly entitled to crack down on leaks. But it’s worth bearing in mind that this one was scarcely unprecedented.