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Joe Baron
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Is it me, or is Alistair Campbell the most loathsome creature on the planet?
Alistair Campbell is surely the most repulsive,
objectionable character on the planet. I’ve just had the misfortune to witness
him, on the Sunday Politics show, attempting to bully and intimidate the
phlegmatic and unflappable Gisela Stuart throughout their...
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Victim-hood is Power
Counter-intuitively, ironically, being an approved victim is now incredibly empowering. If you can claim victim-hood at the hands of some, say, film producer, or perhaps an unshaven, slightly unprepossessing and uncouth male colleague or boss, even if you h...
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Forget internment: we must show our humanity, empathise, turn the other cheek and love our enemies, even if they want to blow us up
Last week, on the Today programme, our wonderfully enlightened independent reviewer of anti-terror legislation invited us to welcome home Islamo-fascistic terrorists from their sun- and, let's face it, hate-filled holidays to Syria and Iraq - with, I have t...
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Don't be fooled: schools are still plagued by bad behaviour and progressive dogma
‘The Totteridge Academy? Wasn't it called Ravenscroft school? Why have they changed the name?’ My Dad, a little perplexed, waited for a response as he gently pushed his indicator, turned left and headed toward Barnet High Street. ‘Didn’t you know, Dad?’ I s...
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Headteachers are flouting the law to keep unruly pupils in school - against the interests of the terrorised majority
My niece is being bullied. She's been threatened and abused at school, on social media and even in her own home. Two weeks ago, the bullies screamed obscenities down the phone at her, in earshot of her distraught parents. The ring-leader and her malevolent ...
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Brexit is Lady Thatcher's baby. Let's hope that the eternal pessimists don't undo this wonderful affirmation of patriotism and national self-confidence
When one considers our historic, ever-changing and uneasy relationship with the European project, one can't escape the conclusion that it's predicated upon a profound post-war diminution in national self-confidence brought about by the decline and fall of t...
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John Simpson compares Brexiteers to Erdogan and his supporters
Last week I listened to a report from Istanbul by John Simpson, the BBC's world affairs editor,  with a mixture of alarm and disbelief. Maybe it was my own sensitivity regarding the ongoing Brexit debate, but he seemed to put undue emphasis on the 48% who r...
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Brexit rejected Blair's utopian vision
'A new age is dawning, is it not?' These were the words of Tony Blair after his landslide election victory in 1997. They were meant to usher in a period of 'friendly' capitalism, unconstrained by the astronomical and punitive levels of personal taxation bel...
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Obama’s foreign policy closes on a typically low note
Let’s face it: Obama just wasn’t cut out to be the leader of the free world. First he jetted around the globe and apologised to all and sundry for his country’s previous and myriad misdeeds, by making sententious speeches and highfalutin gestures that amoun...
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Introduction
Michael Wilshaw, during his tenure as the Chief Inspector of Schools,
pointed out, quite rightly, that too many teachers have alarmingly low
expectations when it comes to their most underprivileged pupils. Apparently,
according to Ofsted’s uncompromising Do...
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