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The ‘Islamophobia’ problem

This is a good time to bury bad news. And sure enough it turns out that a cross-party group of MPs and peers that includes the failed MP Baroness Warsi has chosen this moment to try to persuade the government to adopt their own definition of ‘Islamophobia’.

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External ArticleDavis Lewin
‘The Process of Living’

Until about a decade ago it seemed as though every figure in literary history was owed a doorstop-sized account of his life. The trade of literary biography boomed, publishers still doled out advances, and universities even set up “life writing” courses, as though a dearth of trained practitioners was a risk.

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External ArticleDavis Lewin
How Immigration Changes Britain

Almost nothing is discussed as badly in America or Europe as the subject of immigration. And one reason is that it remains almost impossible to have any sensible or rational public discussion of its consequences. Or rather it is eminently possible to have a discussion about the upsides (“diversity,” talent, etc.) but almost impossible to have any rational discussion about its downsides.

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External ArticleDavis Lewin
Walk on the wild side

The lion wakes me at 3 a.m. as it walks past my tent. It must be some while since an ancestor of mine has had to fear encountering the animal, so I am impressed at whatever hardwired impulse wakes me (amid all the other natural noise of the night) when the low grumbling occurs outside.

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Another U.K. Rape-Gang Case

It is amazing what societies can get used to. The latest rape-gang case in the U.K. is a case in point. A gang of 20 men from Huddersfield were last week convicted and sentenced for the rape and abuse of girls as young as eleven. As in previous cases, the convicted men were of all Asian origin and their victims all local underage girls.

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Is Julian Assange the world’s worst tenant?

Before taking up residence at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Assange lived at Ellingham Hall in Norfolk. This was at the invitation of his then-supporter Vaughan Smith, who lived with his family at that house. According to Andrew O’Hagan’s memoir of this time, ‘Ghosting’, Assange was a nightmare house guest. 

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Scott Kelly: Lost in Space

The astronaut Scott Kelly has just provided the world with another salutary lesson on social media. The other day, Mr. Kelly chose to make a public intervention on Twitter relating to magnanimity and victory. Unfortunately, in doing so he quoted Winston Churchill.

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