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Joshua Curzon
Venezuela's tragedy: spreading terrorism?

Venezuela's tragedy: spreading terrorism?

EARLIER THIS YEAR the ELN (National Liberation Army of Colombia), a far-left Colombian terrorist group, killed 29 innocent people and wounded 68 more in a vehicle bomb suicide attack on the Police ...

Jonathan Stanley
Identity politicians are jumping sharks – so now's the time for ideals to resurface

Identity politicians are jumping sharks – so now's the time for ideals to resurface

SOMETHING HAPPENED this week which shows just what a maelstrom Scottish identity politics finds itself in. Unionism announced it had run out of ideas. This is serious.

We saw yet another pivot-shift ...

Alan Grant
Review: Aladdin

Review: Aladdin

I DON’T NECESSARILY bemoan the prevalence of remakes. In my view, as long as what we end up with either uses the original as a jumping-off point for a reimagined version of the story or ...

Miles Saltiel
The Channel 4 debate and Brexit

The Channel 4 debate and Brexit

POSSIBLY YOU SAW last night’s “empty chair” Punch and Judy show, visited upon us by the ambitions of the reliably reach-exceeding-grasp programmers of Channel Four and the desperation of the Tory also-rans? It made me ...

James Bundy
President Trump’s State visit was a personal success

President Trump’s State visit was a personal success

THE VISIT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP to the United Kingdom was always going to be entertaining for some and controversial for others. Before he was even in the United Kingdom, the President got involved in domestic ...

Jonathan Stanley
Peterborough was a watershed everyone can learn from

Peterborough was a watershed everyone can learn from

PETERBOROUGH was a watershed by-election. First-off it returned Labour's first out of the closet anti-Semite MP this century and that alone makes for grim reading.

Something else happened though, and it's very ...

Alan Grant
Review: Rocketman

Review: Rocketman

THE ELTON JOHN biographical musical, Rocketman, was released towards the end of May, meaning that most audiences would see it either just before the start of or during June which also happens to be LGBT Pride ...

Jonathan Stanley
Boris Johnson's West End Tax is a menace to Conservatism and the Union

Boris Johnson's West End Tax is a menace to Conservatism and the Union

THE TORY LEADERSHIP contest is well under way. It could well be an episode of The Magic Roundabout given the surfeit of drug-fuelled characters.

First there's that bloke on coke Michael Gove. Then ...

James Bundy
Scotland and the Union should be at the centre of the Conservative Party leadership contest

Scotland and the Union should be at the centre of the Conservative Party leadership contest

IT IS NO SURPRISE that our departure from the European Union has dominated the discussion surrounding who becomes the next leader of the Conservative Party. It is the biggest political issue of our time and ...

Jamie Nugent
Venezuela’s tragedy: the Cuban invasion keeps the regime alive

Venezuela’s tragedy: the Cuban invasion keeps the regime alive

RECENT EVENTS in Venezuela have demonstrated just how difficult it is to remove an established totalitarian regime.  Despite poverty levels of over 90 per cent, widespread hunger and malnutrition, absence of electricity and water supply, ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 50

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 50

BEING A BABY is hard work! Especially when it comes to hitting milestones. It’s been literally blood, sweat and tears for our wee Lily this week. She has been crawling for a while now but ...

Joshua Curzon
Venezuela’s tragedy: Shortages are a feature of the system, not a design bug

Venezuela’s tragedy: Shortages are a feature of the system, not a design bug

DESPITE A NEAR-TOTAL economic collapse and against expectations, the Chavista regime in Venezuela endures. How so? 

In a centrally planned economy, the ruling class can use goods in short supply as a ...