It is much easier to defend the sanctity of the collection in toto than to start making difficult and diplomatically awkward judgements about the return of individual artefacts on a case-by-case basis.
The logic of the choice remains as Ken Clarke put it – Rwanda or nothing. Sir Keir has swallowed much in his pursuit of power, but Rwanda is a mouthful too much for him, or at least for his party. So he’s trying to bluff his way out of the problem.
Left-wing governments’ response to the financial crisis ignored economic reality and condemned our country to a decade of misery.
Domestically, the opposition wants to change the constitution, and return the country to being a parliamentary republic. Above all, it promises a return to normalcy.
Garvan Walshe is a former National and International Security Policy Adviser to the Conservative Party Democracy doesn’t defend itself. It only survives if citizens and the politicians they elect defend political institutions and keep those who would destroy them out of power. This is the idea behind militant democracy, whose name we owe to the […]
Those who believe the world’s heritage should be curated by universal museums hold hardcore ideologised radical views.
The European Parliament is not a Parliament at all. Clarity never arrives. All is opaque, an endless subterranean wrestling match, for the irrelevant voters intolerably dull.
Growing tensions with Turkey risk Ankara once again lifting border controls and placing huge pressure on the European frontier.
European defence budgets only go so far, and ultimately we need the Anglo-American link.
The UK had one of the best vaccine programmes, but it kept its nightclubs closed for longer than France and Germany.
It’s given a series of mixed messages over what this means for people who want to go abroad – with troublesome results.
The Government’s messaging around this idea has been confusing to say the least.
As Johnson put it yesterday: “we can’t think of this just as a project for us and us alone”.
Whether writing, speaking or negotiating, he puts on a performance which the spectators enjoy all the more because it horrifies the guardians of convention.