Today's Edition, 19 October 2020

Is France’s secularism worth dying for?

Samuel Paty, slaughtered for a lesson in tolerance, has become a martyr for the Republic

John Lichfield
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China’s war against the family

An ominous trend emerges in the Chinese province of Xinjiang

| 19 October

How hysterical punditry failed America

Ridiculous claims by respectable media outfits perpetuate the madness

Ridiculous claims by respectable media outfits perpetuate the madness

Michael Tracey
My time with Jesus, in Siberia

Why would anybody accept a burly ex-traffic cop’s claim to be the Son of God?

Why would anybody accept a burly ex-traffic cop’s claim to be the Son of God?

Daniel Kalder
What Mary Whitehouse got right

Ridiculed for being on the wrong side of history, her time is now

Ridiculed for being on the wrong side of history, her time is now

Louise Perry
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China’s war against the family

An ominous trend emerges in the Chinese province of Xinjiang

| 19 October

The case for a circuit breaker

Professor Karl Friston has modelled the effect of a short lockdown, with surprising results

Bad taste is killing good wine

The diversity of the wine industry is being crushed by one man's palate

The tyranny of queer theory

Even if you're gay, being monogamous is seen as reactionary — if not outright bigoted

Germaine Greer: damaged goods

The feminist's imperfections make us think harder about what we believe

Sarah Ditum
Everyone’s a loser in the culture wars

When even Government policy is designed to distract and enrage, we need conscientious objectors

Richard Godwin
England has always been two nations

The ancient North-South divide has been exposed once again under the Covid-19 pandemic

James Hawes
Why we should be more like Denmark

Covid has brought us face-to-face with the need for common purpose

Paul Collier

Covid has brought us face-to-face with the need for common purpose

Paul Collier
Matt Hancock is wrong about herd immunity

Confusion about the Covid-19 science is hampering debate — and costing lives

Sunetra Gupta
Will Catholics be kingmakers in the US?

Despite being deeply split, they are poised to be unusually influential in 2020

Christopher Rhodes

Interviews.

we sit down with original thinkers and talk ideas

Piers Morgan: I don’t want to be hated anymore

Freddie Sayers challenges the GMB host on lockdown and liberalism

Prof Francois Balloux: the climate of fear on Covid is dangerous

Freddie Sayers discusses the Covid pandemic with the renowned professor

Covid experts: there is another way

Three eminent epidemiologists met in Massachusetts to plan a better response to the pandemic

How Trump mainstreamed Critical Race Theory

Freddie Sayers speaks to James Lindsay about the dangers posed by the ideology

French expert takes the Covid debate in a new direction

Jean-Francois Toussaint explains what the pandemic means for the human species


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The West won’t defend Taiwan from China

The idea of an 'ethical foreign policy' is dead and buried

| 19 October
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The Dutch auction for WFH elites has begun

Tax incentives are luring the rich away from their home countries

| 16 October
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Why is a smoothie brand peddling fake news?

If even Innocent has given up on defending reality, then we are in trouble

| 16 October
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Will this new ‘lockdown’ make any difference?

I worry that further restrictions will be required

| 15 October
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Piers Morgan: I don’t want to be hated anymore

Freddie Sayers challenges the GMB host on lockdown and liberalism

| 15 October
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When did ‘sexual preference’ become politically incorrect?

A classic example of performative offence-taking

| 15 October
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The New York Times is at war with itself

The self-inflicted decline of the paper reflects a malaise in America's ruling class

| 14 October
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Where is the evidence that the ‘tier three strategy’ works?

Restrictions come into force today — but the basis for the policy is dubious

| 14 October
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The empty symbolism of the Nobel Prize for Economics

Why are we honouring mind-numbingly abstract contributions?

| 14 October
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America’s history is swallowing our own

Bizarrely, Brits don't seem to care

| 13 October
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Will $30 billion fix racial inequality?

Bankers will have to spend a lot more to make up for 2008

| 13 October
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Rebels against the marriage ‘market’

There's a surprising interest among the Very Online in old-fashioned matchmaking

| 12 October
Series: Alt histories

Alt histories

What we can learn from re-writing the past

Confessions Podcast with Giles Fraser

Bad taste is killing good wine

The diversity of the wine industry is being crushed by one man's palate

Giles Fraser
The German coronavirus mystery

Why have British people been dying at six times the rate of those in Germany?

Tom Chivers
What Lockdown and Prohibition share

The Roaring 20s have started with the pubs being shut — this time as a result of Covid

Mark Forsyth
The death of the music industry

The pandemic has all but silenced the sector, and the Government is complacent at best

Ian Birrell
How Big Tech is fixing the election

Social media sites such as Twitter have unprecedented power — and are using it to influence politics

Douglas Murray

Social media sites such as Twitter have unprecedented power — and are using it to influence politics

Douglas Murray
The tyranny of queer theory

Even if you're gay, being monogamous is seen as reactionary — if not outright bigoted

Mary Harrington
Will the military disobey Trump?

Under Nixon, the Defense Department ignored and subverted direct orders from the President

Rebecca John

Box Set: Black Lives Matter

Our contributors examine the protest movement that shook the world

America was founded by social justice warriors

The riots of 2020 are nothing new — the country was established by intolerant radicals

Daniel DeCarlo
Is Critical Race Theory racist?

Trump has condemned the controversial teaching as 'un-American' and 'divisive'

Helen Pluckrose
How we bend the knee to our HR overlords

Our managerial class is asserting itself, drunk with its own power

Aris Roussinos
How America came apart

A people with no shared narrative or history will find it very hard to keep a lid on disorder and violence

Douglas Murray

Do men really hate women?

The 'manosphere' drips with misogyny but Laura Bates doesn't convincingly explain why

James Bloodworth
The moral vacuum at the heart of power

The elites only ever look out for number one, as tell-all books by Barbara Amiel and Sasha Swire reveal

Tanya Gold
Would you like endless pleasure?

A conflict-free utopia becomes an emotionally sterile dystopia in a new adaptation of Brave New World

Louise Perry
The sly dishonesty of Owen Jones

The Corbyn cheerleader has written a non-tell-all about his part in the Labour Party's downfall

Douglas Murray