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It is like entering a parallel universe, and a deeply discomforting one at that. In central Calais, the banal comforts of the average western town: cafés brimming with gossi...(full article)

What the hard Left is now aiming for is a different sort of power altogether: the kind that is achieved by revolutionary activism through industrial disruption. By seizing the mean...(full article)

For perspective, you must look elsewhere. A global survey published last week by the Pew Research Centre found that while the people of North America, Britain, Australia, Japan, Fr...(full article)

As Prime Minister, I want to work with you to confront and defeat this poison. Today, I want to set out how. I want to explain what I believe we need to do as a country to defeat t...(full article)

The Chancellor’s great challenge is that he is introducing this reform at a time when many of the old economic rules have been temporarily suspended. This will strengthen the...(full article)

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Britain's Great BBC Face-off - The Guardian

Commercial criticism is nothing new to the BBC, but now the corporation is fighting a surging political tide too....

Let Britain's North Rise Again - Mark Gilbert, Bloomberg View

London holds the country's purse strings far too tightly....

Britain Not Ready for Coming Population Boom - The Telegraph

In 1996, when the population of England was 49 million, it was projected to be around 51 million today. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that it now ...

David Cameron: Servant or Master? - Matthew D'Ancona, Evening Standard

Our place in Europe is almost an issue of conscience for the Tories but the PM will remain staunchly pragmatic...

Why Britain Loves the Robin - Telegraph

Why do we love the robin so much that we have made him the Bird of Britain by popular acclaim?...

Is Britain as Corrupt as Russia? - Peter Oborne, New Statesman

The last prime minister to make a fortune out of public office was Lloyd George. Today’s cabinet ministers earn middle-class salaries, and most of them live in modest houses. So ...

A Practical Vision of a More Equal Society - Thomas Piketty, NY Books

Anthony Atkinson occupies a unique place among economists. During the past half-century, in defiance of prevailing trends, he managed to place the question of inequality at the cen...

Petty Party Tribalism in Britain's EU Vote - Independent

Is it better to have one, or two or more campaigns to keep Britain in Europe? Andy Burnham, a Labour leadership contender, seems determined that his party should run its own &ldquo...

Renew Britain's Global Vision - Telegraph

Our country now needs to decide what it really wants from its armed forces...

Britain's Futile Pursuit of EU Treaty Change - Wolfgang Munchau, FT

Germany will boycott meaningful reforms for as long as its economy benefits from the status quo....

Britain Is in Crisis - Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal

David Cameron’s troubles are just beginning....

The Clear Voice of the British People - Alex Deane, RealClearWorld

Returning to party political issues, Cameron's triumph is difficult to overstate. He has led his party since 2005; now he will face a wholly new crop of opponents, as all of his ma...

Zionism and the Shifting Identity of British Jews - Judah & Glancy, Tablet

How EasyJet and anti-Zionism are turning British Jews into Israelis...

Voting for God in the United Kingdom - Daniel Webster, RealClearWorld

Are Britain's Christians a Constituency?...

Britain's Malaise Spreads Across the Atlantic - N. Burns, Boston Globe

FOR 70 YEARS since the end of the Second World War, the United Kingdom has been America’s strongest, most trusted, and most dependable ally. How long that will be the case is...

Rip Up Laws that Threaten British Armed Forces - Telegraph

The case of Eugene Heenan and General Sir Frank Kitson shows why the next government must take urgent against vexatious litigation...

Ed Miliband Won't Be America's Poodle - Mehdi Hasan, New York Times

Distinct from his Tory opposite number and both his Labour predecessors, Mr. Blair and Gordon Brown, Mr. Miliband made the correct call on Iraq, the biggest geopolitical fiasco of ...

The Falklands Are British, and That's That - The Commentator

The deluded neo-imperialists in Argentina have no claim whatsoever to the Falklands. Their bizarre behaviour over oil finds should be met with a very big raspberry blown right in t...

Exploring Britain's Coastline Gems - Patrick Barkham, Guardian

While researching his new book about our relationship with the coast, Patrick Barkham walked hundreds of miles of National Trust land. Here he chooses some of his favourite lesser-...

Life in the Land of the UK's Political Insurgents - Ferris-Rotman, Atlantic

CLACTON-ON-SEA, England—In 1964, as Britain experienced an influx of Asian and African post-colonial immigrants, Conservative Party member Peter Griffiths was controversially...

The Truth About Britain's "Non-Doms" - Marc Champion, Bloomberg View

In the heat of the campaign for the U.K. elections on May 7, Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has made a transparently desperate but politically astute pledge to end the tax regime ...

How Britain's Economy Was Reborn - John Tamny, Forbes

Everyone knows them. By “them” I mean the eternal pessimists in our midst ever convinced that the United States’ best days are behind it, that the America of tod...

Britain's Incredible Shrinking Electorate - Kirsty McNeill, RealClearWorld

American political scientists and psephologists have spent much of the last five years charting what they dub the Rising American Electorate, the growing voter pool made up of mino...

A First-Ever Strike by the Queen's Staff? - Tom Sykes, Daily Beast

The issue appears to be low pay, with affected staff claiming that they are being paid below a reasonable ‘living wage’ and are not being recompensed for guided tours t...

Who Won the UK Election Debate? - Hodges et al, Telegraph

Our columnists give their instant reaction to how David Cameron and Ed Miliband coped with Paxman and handled the live studio audience....

Is the British Military Dying? - Daniel Darling, RealClearDefense

Heading down the home stretch to Britain's general election on May 7, the question of what constitutes adequate defense investment has emerged as a thorny political issue....

What Has Immigration Done for Us? - Philippe Legrain, The Guardian

I mean apart from reducing our tax burden, filling our skills gaps, adding brilliance to our national science and vastly improving our quality of life?...

A Brief Political History of the United Kingdom - FiveThirtyEight

We could make a case for starting a story on the historical context for the 2015 U.K. general election with the Roman Emperor Hadrian’s decision to build a wall across the ne...

Listen to UKIP on Tax and Spend - Telegraph

The Conservatives ignore Ukip's economic populism at their peril...

Britain's Tribal Legacy Lives on - Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

Some years ago I went to see a medieval farmhouse in north Devon. The owner was a hostile character with a gun and a mastiff. “Where you from?” he shouted as I approached. I sa...

Brussels May Be the Big Winner in UK Vote - Norman Tebbit, Telegraph

If Ukip implodes under the weight of its scandals, there may be nobody left to ensure a robust campaign for British exit from the European Union....

Britain's Surveillance State - New York Times

Edward Snowden exposed the extent of mass surveillance conducted not just by the United States but also by allies like Britain. Now, a committee of the British Parliament has propo...

Britain's Growing Regional Gap - Diana Johnson, New Statesman

Inequality within the United Kingdom is growing - not just between people, but its constituent parts. The next government will have to do more to turn the tide....

No Eclipse, Please, We're British - Telegraph

The great Solar Eclipse of 2015 was anticlimactic at best. But humans have always acted as if they have better things to do than watch the spheres align....

British Justice Is Fast Changing - Ellie Cumbo, RealClearWorld

The British justice system is not only the parent of its American counterpart; from habeas corpus to the right to a fair trial, it has yielded many of the ideas that are now seen a...

Britain's Constitutional Crisis Is Coming - Clive Crook, Bloomberg View

British politics seems to be heading for a constitutional crisis after elections on May 7th. Recent polls suggest the Scottish National Party will take almost all of Scotland's sea...

Britain's Not-So-Splendid Isolation - Alexander Gorlach, The European

Even today, Britons proudly sing “Rule, Britannia! Britannia rule the waves”; yet, for a long time, they haven’t ruled anymore. This is a problem – for Great Britain and fo...

Europe Buries Its Head and Its Militaries in the Sand - Ian Birrell, WSJ

Germany has been asserting its leadership in recent weeks by seeking to resolve the two major crises confronting the continent, with Chancellor Angela Merkel heading cease-fire tal...

Britain's Impending Constitutional Crisis - Simon Heffer, New Statesman

Another hung parliament and the ill-conceived Fixed Term Parliaments Act could compromise the country's constitution....

Britain's Leadership Is a Tragedy - Carl-Georg Luft, The European

Cameron’s lack of activism nearly divided the United Kingdom. The 2017 referendum will present another crucial test – with consequences for the EU....

Why Did Britain Let 'Jihadi John' Go Free? - Nico Hines, Daily Beast

Before he was identified as the ISIS murderer who beheaded Westerners, Mohammed Emwazi was watched by MI5 and even detained en route to Africa....

The British Politicians for Sale - Nico Hines, Daily Beast

Another reminder this week that Schadenfreude is a pleasure best avoided by the political class: Two of Britain’s most senior politicians, one Labour, one Conservative, both ...

Let's Cheer this Change in British Society - Independent

Though the topless models never aged a day, time has finally caught up with The Sun’s Page 3. Rupert Murdoch’s paper quietly dropped the 44-year-old Fleet Street institution ea...

Britons Are on Welfare All Over the EU - Nardelli et al, The Guardian

Unemployed Britons in Europe are drawing much more in benefits and allowances in the wealthier EU countries than their nationals are claiming in the UK, despite the British governm...

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