The Melody Makers 4: Rodgers and Hart, Part I

This is the fourth in a weekly series celebrating the immense Jewish contribution to popular music over the last century. Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart were introduced by a mutual friend in 1919. Dick was...

Always look on the bright side of Brexit

AS the impending no-deal Brexit comes ever closer, it is high time that we start appreciating the inevitable benefits of leaving the United States of Europe.  In his 2011 book Chavs: The Demonization of the...
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Sense at last on ‘medical’ cannabis

IN a triumph for good sense, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) will not recommend medical cannabis for epilepsy and chronic pain. Draft guidance just published says patients with chronic pain should...

Will any Right-leaning comedians please stand up?

COMEDIAN Konstantin Kisin made news last December when he withdrew from a booking at University of London’s School of African and Oriental Studies. The Russian-born stand-up declined to sign a ‘Behavioural Agreement Form’ which...
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TCW summer reads: The Tory Nostradamus

The Aachen Memorandum by Andrew Roberts, published 1995 THE year is 2045 and Britain is a province of the authoritarian, politically correct United States of Europe. Dr Horatio Lestoq, a fellow of All Souls and...

Why this craze to ban fracking?

WHISKY producer Glenmorangie is to cut its carbon emissions by replacing heavy fuel oil with North Sea gas to provide the power needed for distillation. This is a good idea, so why has the Scottish...

Boris’s adviser on ‘Islamophobia’ would ban free speech

LAST month, the government appointed Imam Qari Asim to lead a process for establishing a definition of Islamophobia. The government had previously announced that, while it would not be accepting the All-Party Parliamentary Group...

This unique chance to seize back our fishing waters

Boris Johnson has promised to revitalise rundown coastal towns and has pledged to take back control of British fisheries from the EU. Here, John Ashworth of Fishing for Leave explains why these policies are...
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TCW summer reads: Interesting times, fascinating book

Russia, by Dmitri Trenin; published by Polity, pp 212 The activities of Russia under Vladimir Putin are rarely out of the news, and it seems that when they are in the news, it is not...

An encounter with Ms Self-Righteous

I MET someone on the bus who I know from my church. I was glad to see her: meeting people in the street and chatting is so different from my former life in London....