Ed West

Ed West is deputy editor of the Catholic Herald and author of The Silence of Our Friends and 1215 and All That.


There’s nothing ‘conservative’ about supporting foreign intervention

28 November 2015 13:53

These are the Arab countries the Foreign Office currently advises it is safe to visit: Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait,…

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I have no sympathy for people who complain about ‘sharia Uber drivers’

25 November 2015 17:20

Actress Frances Barber has complained about her taxi driver after a night out in town, tweeting: Just had a sharia…

Nigel Farage visits Oldham in preparation for the by-election (Photo: Dave Thompson/Getty)

Oldham is a bad omen for Labour, even without the Corbyn effect

24 November 2015 17:08

Assuming we haven’t been vaporised by Vlad, the Oldham West and Royton by-election takes place next week, and Labour are…


The Uber generation won’t stand for the BBC – but it’s still a national treasure

13 November 2015 18:05

Watching the increasingly bleak and depressing Peep Show the other night I was pleased to note that my on-screen alter…


There’s absolutely nothing polite about political correctness

12 November 2015 12:44

I hope anyone who sees footage of the two shrieking women at Yale and Missouri will finally concede that political correctness is not…


‘Because it’s 2015’ is not a strong line of argument

6 November 2015 13:09

The suspiciously handsome Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau was asked on Wednesday why it’s important to have a gender balance in…


Why don’t we replace Remembrance Day with a national Day of the Dead?

4 November 2015 14:43

This time of year features my two least favourite festivals, Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night, but the build up to…

The East-West divide is no longer between capitalism and communism, nor even democracy and authoritarianism, but multiculturalism and sovereignty (Photo: Getty)

The new East-West divide: multiculturalism vs sovereignty

21 October 2015 12:05

We all know that relations with Russia are at their lowest ebb since 1991, when Boris Yeltsin brought down Communism…

Boris Johnson Attends The Opening Of West London Free School

So what if grammars don’t help social mobility?

16 October 2015 14:12

Is the purpose of education to educate or socially engineer? It was announced yesterday that England is to have its…

Demonstrators at this year's Conservative Party conference in Manchester. Image: Getty

The left’s hatred of ‘Tory scum’ is both stupid and self-defeating

5 October 2015 15:18

Plenty has been written about the hatred some on the left feel towards their ‘enemies’, something on display at the…


Never trust an internet meme (apart from this one)

30 September 2015 11:39

There has recently been a craze for people posting pictures of a Syrian refugee next to a snap of the…

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I’ve been right about Ukip predictions before, so here’s my latest one

28 September 2015 17:21

Ukip’s conference last week featured some characteristically colourful characters, including a lady with a Nigel Farage tattoo on her arm (and,…

'Clowns in Rebellion' protest outside the Palestine border in Jerusalem (Photo: Pallasos en Rebeldía)

Do political activists really need to be naked to make their point?

23 September 2015 10:04

When did political campaigns become so vain? The latest instance involves a bunch of clowns from Spain (they’re literally clowns,…


Whatever happened to critical thinking in foreign policy?

21 September 2015 17:16

Now that the Middle East is basically moving to Europe after Germany did the national equivalent of advertising a house…


In the age of democracy, a monarchy keeps the powerful humble

9 September 2015 17:33

My six-year-old, when told that there was a princess of England with the same name as her, was astonished to…

Migrants walk along a road on their way to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni in northern Greece (Photo: Sakis Mitrolidis/Getty)

Guilt vs shame cultures: the silent triumph of Christianity

5 September 2015 10:00

Today it’s widely accepted that Germany is not only the most popular country on earth, but the world’s moral leader,…

11 January 1939: a camp leader ringing the dinner bell at a camp for young Jewish 'Kindertransport', refugees from Germany and Austria, at Dovercourt Bay near Harwich (Photo by Reg Speller/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Why don’t we launch a Kindertransport scheme for Syrians?

1 September 2015 17:56

I never knew my paternal grandfather, who was apparently a bitter, angry right-wing journalist who thought the world was going…

An Iranian woman walks past an anti-US mural painted on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran on November 19, 2011.

The short road from anti-Westernism to anti-Semitism

24 August 2015 17:37

Corbynmania has unleashed a great feeling of hope and change in the British public, especially among people hoping to wipe…


Could a strike by Poles bring down Britain?

19 August 2015 14:36

Britain’s Poles go on strike tomorrow to protest the widespread anti-Polish xenophobia across the country, which is literally everywhere. There…

George Osborne must be sitting in his library right now, stroking a white cat and cackling (Mark Runnacles/Getty)

Could the Tory right do a Corbyn?

14 August 2015 16:33

If the Labour leadership has taught us anything it is that, as Kent Brockman once observed, democracy simply doesn’t work.…

Labour Leadership Candidate Jeremy Corbyn Continues His Welsh Tour

Corbynmania has shaken my faith in my own loony right-wing opinions

12 August 2015 16:38

I used to consider myself to be in tune with the general public on politics, by which I meant –…


The Islamic historian who can explain why some states fail and others succeed

3 August 2015 12:06

I have a new Kindle Single out, an essay on the 14th century Islamic historian Ibn Khaldun, who can rightly…


In our global village, we have recreated the intolerance of village life

29 July 2015 15:47

Poor Walter Palmer – I bet he wished he’d stayed home in Minneapolis and left Cecil the Lion alone, because…

UK Labour Party Leader ship Hustings

Idealists tend to cause far more misery to humanity than cynics

13 July 2015 11:28

I’ve often wondered if Freudian theories could be applied to the Left in the same way they have been applied…


We need a Campaign to Protect Urban England

10 July 2015 16:02

If a political subject is inconvenient to both Left and Right then the chances are that it won’t get addressed,…