Stephen Daisley

Putin must look at the West and laugh

23 February 2022 6:15 am

Whatever the West’s response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine’s sovereignty, the crisis demonstrates the limitations of western politics and policy…

P.J. O’Rourke: the finest satirist of his generation

16 February 2022 7:42 pm

P.J. O’Rourke was the finest conservative satirist of his generation and therefore the finest of any political persuasion. Satire, an…

In praise of Deborah Lipstadt

10 February 2022 9:40 pm

The United States Senate is not a body commonly associated with alacrity but its sluggishness in considering the nomination of…

Lock them up? Not in Sturgeon's Scotland

9 February 2022 7:40 pm

One of the great disappointments of devolution has been the failure of the Scottish parliament to pursue novel ways of…

Sending a mean tweet about Captain Tom shouldn't be a crime

2 February 2022 2:24 am

Captain Tom Moore captured the nation’s hearts during the pandemic. The World War II officer completed 100 lengths of his…

The Tories have abandoned the young

30 January 2022 6:31 pm

Tories who tried to convince Number 10 and Number 11 to delay the hike in National Insurance have had their…

Asking about male inmates in women’s jails isn’t transphobic

28 January 2022 2:20 am

One of the joys of living through a period of cultural revolution is watching all the new moralities arrive and…

No one should celebrate the decline of America

27 January 2022 10:22 pm

Where is America? Like an old friend who hasn’t been in touch for years, you wonder if its silence is…

Sex, trans rights and the Scottish census

22 January 2022 2:20 am

It takes some doing to make a census interesting. So congratulations to the National Records of Scotland (NRS). NRS, which administers…

Why are Tories still loyal to Boris Johnson?

16 January 2022 6:30 pm

As an outsider looking in, it is curious to note just how loyal some remain to Boris Johnson. Not the…

To save the Union, ignore Gordon Brown

12 January 2022 10:38 pm

As he blasts his way through the remaining support beams of the UK constitution, Gordon Brown is doing more to…

Marjorie Taylor Greene's Twitter ban is nothing to celebrate

7 January 2022 1:14 am

Marjorie Taylor Greene is nuttier than M&M World. Not your garden-variety conservative, or even a conservative at all, but a…

Tony Blair's knighthood is long overdue

2 January 2022 12:59 am

Arise Sir Anthony Charles Lynton Blair, Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. Yes, that should give…

No, Steve Baker, voters don’t want Thatcher again

20 December 2021 5:09 am

Steve Baker’s decision to boot Nadine Dorries out of a group chat of Conservative MPs has captured the attention of…

Brexiteers will sorely miss Lord Frost

19 December 2021 8:39 am

Lord Frost’s resignation is bad news for Boris Johnson, though that’s a side matter. Prime ministers come and go, what…

China is right to laugh at the west

10 December 2021 6:54 am

Signs of the enervating weakness of the west’s governing elites aren’t that hard to find but the case of the…

Priti Patel and the progressive language police

26 November 2021 7:10 pm

There was an exchange in the House of Commons on Thursday afternoon that ought to be a scandal but won’t.…

Kyle Rittenhouse and the collapse of media neutrality

25 November 2021 10:59 pm

Anyone who thought the jury’s verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case might prompt some reflection among the political and media…

Why aren't we more horrified by the Liverpool bombing?

16 November 2021 6:12 am

Back when the West was still pretending to fight the ‘war on terror’, Martin Amis made an observation about the…

It's time for Boris to turn back the Channel migrant boats

12 November 2021 9:23 pm

There is a sentence in the latest BBC report on English Channel migrant crossings that is just exquisite. Thursday saw…

As COP26 looms, Glasgow is facing a waste crisis

12 October 2021 1:33 pm

In early November, Glasgow will be the focus of the world’s attention for COP26, the UN’s Climate Change Conference. For…

Why Boris is losing his fight against Sturgeon

5 October 2021 5:38 pm

Gavin Barwell has made a good point, albeit inadvertently. Theresa May’s former chief of staff has a book out, imaginatively…

Blue-collar Toryism comes to Scotland

4 October 2021 5:50 am

Like all good fables, Douglas Ross’s speech at Tory conference had a beginning, middle and end. Act One detailed the…

As COP26 looms, Glasgow is facing a waste crisis

2 October 2021 9:00 am

With COP26 weeks away, the city is in the middle of a waste crisis

Labour is still overrun with anti-Israel cranks

28 September 2021 3:45 pm

As unhinged Labour conference motions go, the party’s anti-Aukus resolution will likely capture the headlines. The text describes the new…