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As Team GB is cheered into the record books at the Olympics, I have been puzzling over whatever happened to Northern Ireland. The province, after all, is not part of Great Britain, which is composed of England, Scotland and Wales, but belongs to the UK – the United Kingdom of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2012 at Mail Online - Melanie Phillips
There is a degree of panic, and rightly so, over whether the Syrian tyrant Basher al Assad will use chemical weapons against either his own people or foreign attackers. His regime has this week threatened to do the latter, thus finally confirming what was long suspected but never openly admitted,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2012 at Mail Online - Melanie Phillips
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Decent Christians are extremely upset, and rightly so, about the resolution passed at the General Synod a few days ago endorsing the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel. The EAPPI aims to bring ‘internationals to the West Bank to experience life under occupation’. Its mission is to ‘accompany Palestinians... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2012 at Mail Online - Melanie Phillips
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The relentless war against the family in Britain continues in the highest court of the land. Baroness Hale, the veteran ‘lifestyle choice’ radical who, as a member of the UK Supreme Court, is the country’s top female judge, has called for cohabiting couples to be given more legal rights. According... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2012 at Mail Online - Melanie Phillips
The fears I expressed in my Mail column two days ago appear to be proving justified. Or are they? Reports in today’s press suggest that the embattled education Secretary Michael Gove is being forced to water down his bold proposal to scrap the one-size-fits-all GCSE exam at 16+ and revert... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2012 at Mail Online - Melanie Phillips
Much excitement over the political implications of Education Secretary Michael Gove’s stunning decision, leaked to the Daily Mail, to scrap the 16+ GCSE exam and bring back in its place the academic O-Level and more vocational CSE. The leak has provoked uproar today in the political and education worlds. With... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2012 at Mail Online - Melanie Phillips
Thank goodness for Michael Gove. In a bravura performance at the Leveson inquiry into press ethics, he got it absolutely right. Journalists and politicians had always been held in low regard, he said briskly; journalism was a rough old trade which hadn’t always attracted respectable characters. It was ever thus,... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2012 at Mail Online - Melanie Phillips
In the wake of the festival of Shavuot, when Jews have been celebrating the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai from where he presented them to the Jewish people camped at its foot, I have been brooding over the fact that Zionism has become a dirty... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2012 at Mail Online - Melanie Phillips
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The jailing by Pakistan of the doctor who led the CIA to bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad is clearly an outrage. The Pakistani doctor, Shakil Afridi who has been thrown into prison for 33 years for treason, should be regarded instead as a national and global hero for helping run... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2012 at Mail Online - Melanie Phillips
We can now all see, can’t we, with what fathomless contempt the Obama administration treats the security of America and the west. Documents released under US freedom of information laws suggest that defence department and CIA officials have jeopardised national security by giving Hollywood filmmakers access to top-secret information about... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2012 at Mail Online - Melanie Phillips
On and on it goes, this deranged vendetta against Israel and the Jews that we are not allowed to call by its proper name, on and on with obsessional intensity into ever-more alarming and astonishing bigotry and violence that is even now passing virtually without comment in wider British society.... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2012 at Mail Online - Melanie Phillips
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So now we can see the outcome of the witch-hunt against ‘Islamophobia’. With the conviction yesterday of nine men for organised sexual crimes from rape to sex trafficking, the full horrific details of more than two decades of sexual violence against young, predominantly white girls living in children’s homes in... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2012 at Mail Online - Melanie Phillips
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So now we can see the outcome of the witch-hunt against ‘Islamophobia’. With the conviction yesterday of nine men for organised sexual crimes from rape to sex trafficking, the full horrific details of more than two decades of sexual violence against young, predominantly white girls living in children’s homes in... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2012 at Mail Online - Melanie Phillips
Britain's Education Secretary Michael Gove has received many plaudits – and not a few brickbats -- for the dogged and determined way in which he is pursuing his aim of rescuing Britain’s education system from the swamp of ideological insanity and professional demoralisation into which it has long fallen. He... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2012 at Mail Online - Melanie Phillips
People seem surprised that the idea of elected mayors has received such a thumbs-down from yesterday’s local elections and referenda on the proposed post for individual cities. Personally, I’m not surprised at all. Elected mayors were always a pretty useless idea – a gimmick dreamed up by political anoraks looking... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2012 at Mail Online - Melanie Phillips
It’s no surprise at all to learn that A-level and GCSE grades have indeed got progressively easier over the past decade. The only surprise is that, after more than two decades of denials, the education establishment has finally admitted it. The exam watchdog Ofqual has found that science and geography... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2012 at Mail Online - Melanie Phillips
The great grand-daddy of the man-made global warming scam, the fifth horseman of the eco-apocalypse James Lovelock, has now recanted. Well, sort of. Don’t get too excited. Lovelock now admits to having been ‘alarmist’ about climate change, and says other fanatics environmental commentators such as Al Gore were too alarmist... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2012 at Mail Online - Melanie Phillips
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In the event, Denmark pulled back from the brink. Following my piece here a few days ago about the witch-hunt against the President of the Danish Free Press society Lars Hedegaard, the Danish Supreme Court ruled last Friday that he was not guilty after all of hate speech and racism... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2012 at Mail Online - Melanie Phillips
In decadent Europe, freedom of speech is dying. Loudly trumpeted as a ‘human right’ for any attacks on America, Israel, Christians or on the core values of the west, it is swiftly transformed into ‘hate speech’ and the shutters are slammed down on the speaker whenever Islam is in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2012 at Mail Online - Melanie Phillips
A poll of voters in the south London borough of Bromley, taken by the Times (£) to gauge support for Labour’s Ken Livingstone and the Conservatives’ Boris Johnson in the London Mayoral contest, is fascinating – not just for what those polled were saying about the two candidates but also... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2012 at Mail Online - Melanie Phillips
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Is the Obama administration using either leaks or black propaganda to sabotage Israel’s defence against the threat of genocide? America’s former ambassador to the UN John Bolton certainly thinks so – and he is not a man given to rash speculation. An article on the website of Foreign Policy magazine... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2012 at Mail Online - Melanie Phillips
Rogue operative? Not a bit of it. Anyone wondering just how the Conservative party could have appointed as its Co-Treasurer a man who offered access to the Prime Minister at private dinners and other privileged contacts in return for party donations of £250,000 will have had their answer from the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at Mail Online - Melanie Phillips
When the Toulouse school massacre happened, the media rushed to say that the perpetrator was a white far-right racist. The lone gunman had mown down at close range a rabbi and three children at a Jewish school, wounding several others. He was thought to be the same killer who a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2012 at Mail Online - Melanie Phillips
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In 2009, the Obama administration began instructing gun storeowners to break the law by selling firearms to suspected criminals. Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were then ordered -- according to testimony by ATF agents turned whistleblowers -- not to intercept the smugglers but rather... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2012 at Mail Online - Melanie Phillips
The UK Prime Minister David Cameron this week told a state dinner thrown by the President of the United States in his honour that Barack Obama had ‘pressed the reset button on the moral authority of the entire free world’. Is that so? Let’s see now. President Obama has: Neutered... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2012 at Mail Online - Melanie Phillips