Politics & Comment

I comment regularly on British and American politics, with a broad focus on foreign policy. I also maintain a particular expertise in the internal workings of the Conservative Party. I have contributed columns to most major British newspapers, starting my career at The Spectator, and am currently most likely to be found at The Financial Times and The Guardian, as well as number of US outlets. I have recently joined the Board of Index on Censorship.

In addition to my perspective as an intellectual historian, I also have a strong hinterland in the Anglican church, and write regularly on issues of faith and ethics. Much of my insight into British politics has been shaped by my time as part of the team responsible for establishing Bright Blue, the think tank associated with the Tory modernisation agenda. In 2014, I published a collection of essays with Ryan Shorthouse on the future of the Conservative Party, entitled The Modernisers’ Manifesto, for Bright Blue. 

I have also made available here the three articles I wrote in late 2017 about Damian Green MP, which formed part of the #metoo movement and eventually led to his resignation as First Secretary of State. Originally published behind paywalls, they were widely reported in more sensationalist terms and it is important to me that my own words on the matter are publicly available.

Like most people who write for newspapers, I have no control over the headlines added to my articles. So I sometimes post articles here with my own choice of headlines, when I feel strongly that the published headlines are inappropriate.

All I wanted from Damian Green was an apology

Posted on Dec 24, 2017 | 0 comments

written for The Sunday Times, 24 December 2017 Across the world, 2017 was the year of #MeToo. In America, it started with women speaking out against a man’s abuse of power and led to a national discussion about sexual harassment. In October, I told a story that I hoped would bring that conversation to...

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Damian Green, all women know the difference between a hand and a tablecloth

Posted on Nov 5, 2017 | 0 comments

written for The Sunday Times, 5 November 2017 Moments of great social change are painful. As a natural conservative I have always known this. Writing in The Times last Tuesday, I explained that I had experienced unwelcome attention from Damian Green, who is now a cabinet minister — and I came forward as...

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Damian Green probably has no idea how awkward I felt

Posted on Nov 1, 2017 | 0 comments

written for The Times, 1 November 2017 Westminster is an unpleasant place this week. After the Weinstein scandal we are asking new questions about the sexual abuse of power: all to the good. But for women who work in SW1, especially those of us who are outspoken feminists, everyone has particular questions....

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What Mayim Bialik reveals about #MeToo

Posted on Oct 27, 2017 | 0 comments

written for CNN Opinion, 17 October 2017 Me too, I tweeted this morning. “But of course. #metoo.” On Sunday night, the actress Alyssa Milano tweeted a suggestion. ”If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status, we might give people...

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Harvey Weinstein and his enablers

Posted on Oct 11, 2017 | 0 comments

written for CNN Opinion, 11 October 2017 Viewers of Saturday Night Live noticed something missing this weekend. NBC’s late night sketch show sets out to skewer the cultural zeitgeist. And what showbiz story captured the cultural zeitgeist this week better than the tale of Harvey Weinstein, the...

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My Tory party has gambled away its reputation. It needs more than a new leader

Posted on Jul 17, 2017 | 0 comments

written for The Guardian, 17 July 2017 Seventy-odd years ago my grandparents arrived in this country from Hungary. Over the next two decades, more relatives joined them, refugees by turns from fascist genocide, Soviet totalitarianism and economic collapse. My grandparents arrived penniless, started a small...

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