Andrew Tettenborn

The Church of England should stop distracting itself with ‘racial justice’

27 February 2024 4:37 am

Churches are emptier than ever since Covid. Fewer clergy have more and more parishes to look after; the buildings themselves are…

Dartmoor’s mass trespass isn’t what it seems

24 February 2024 5:00 pm

The largest mass trespass in a generation will take place in Devon today. Hundreds of protesters belonging to the pressure-group…

Rishi Sunak should ignore this biased Rwanda Bill report

13 February 2024 11:56 pm

‘UK’s Rwanda Bill incompatible with human rights obligations… damning report by MPs warns.’ So ran the headline yesterday morning, referring to the report released…

Why the EU detests Hungary

8 February 2024 8:20 pm

To misquote von Clausewitz, the European Union sees lawfare as the continuation of politics by other means. Brussels’s latest sally against the…

Viktor Orban has proved he’s a shrewd negotiator

2 February 2024 8:55 pm

All eyes were on Hungary’s Viktor Orbán at yesterday’s EU summit in Brussels. The issue at stake was simple but…

Estate agents shouldn’t need A-Levels to sell houses

29 January 2024 9:58 pm

Last week the shadow housing minister Matthew Pennycook tabled an opportunistic amendment to the government’s Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill.…

Why is the UN sticking up for Just Stop Oil protestors?

27 January 2024 6:00 pm

Do you remember when you couldn’t get your child to school on time because of a Just Stop Oil slow…

In defence of Katharine Birbalsingh’s prayer ban

18 January 2024 10:16 pm

We won’t know for some time what the outcome of the claim that a London school has broken the law…

The European Court has become positively immoral

2 January 2024 7:45 pm

Another new year, and on the very first day we hear of two cases where human rights law has made…

The trouble with the United Nations’s fringe organisations

1 January 2024 5:00 pm

A new year is a good time for nations, like families, to review the institutions they support. For 2024 I…

The Tories have messed up the return to imperial measurements

29 December 2023 8:31 pm

Cheers! You will soon once again be able to buy champagne and wine in pint bottles – Winston Churchill’s favourite measure. It…

Why was this Christian teacher hounded for her views on LGBT issues?

23 December 2023 4:14 am

Who’d be a teacher these days? Until about 50 years ago, your outlook didn’t matter very much provided you were…

The CofE’s same sex blessings stance is even more illogical than the Vatican’s

19 December 2023 10:51 pm

Traditionalists in the Church of England and the Catholic church don’t, of course, always see eye to eye. But on…

The unexpected free speech threat coming from Northern Ireland

15 December 2023 9:56 pm

Threats to free speech can come from unexpected places these days. A law passed in Northern Ireland has troubling implications for…

If France can ignore the ECHR, why can’t we?

5 December 2023 10:25 pm

A couple of weeks ago, according to a story broken last Friday in Le Monde, the French government did the unthinkable. ‘MA’,…

Why is the UN speaking up for two jailed Just Stop Oil activists?

21 November 2023 11:55 pm

We shouldn’t be surprised that Ian Fry, the United Nations’ rapporteur for climate change and human rights, has waded in on…

The Rwanda judgment was not a foregone conclusion

16 November 2023 3:00 am

This morning, the Supreme Court upheld the Court of Appeal’s judgment on the Rwanda plan and declared that the scheme…

Do churches and cricket clubs really need anti-terrorism training?

8 November 2023 6:42 pm

One problem clearly emerged after an Islamist fanatic blew himself up at a major pop concert in the Manchester Arena…

Why did the United Nations hand a human rights job to Iran’s ambassador?

2 November 2023 5:00 pm

What does Iran have to teach the world about human rights? The United Nations appears to think we have plenty…

The EU’s muddled response to Gaza has exposed its flaws

25 October 2023 8:17 pm

The EU’s response to the war between Israel and Gaza has been badly muddled. While Rishi Sunak and Joe Biden…

Who do the police protect?

20 October 2023 11:42 pm

The function of the police, one might have thought, was to protect the weak against the overbearing and the bullying.…

Donald Tusk’s victory will only please Brussels

17 October 2023 5:30 pm

Change in Poland looks likely. A second exit poll gives the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) the most votes,…

Sunak’s smoking ban is a terrible policy

4 October 2023 11:46 pm

What, you might ask, has Rishi Sunak been smoking? There is no way to spin as conservative the idea of…

Eco-technocrats in Brussels risk posing a threat to democracy

27 September 2023 5:54 pm

Any serious politician knows perfectly well by now that net zero 2050 won’t fly democratically. There was an inevitability about…

Poland’s relationship with Ukraine reaches breaking point

21 September 2023 6:25 pm

Poland is Ukraine’s best friend in Europe. But no alliance can ever be entirely unconditional, and this is as true…