SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Ed West

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February 12, 2016
Pope Francis arrives in the country today and will visit a once-notorious prison on Wednesday
January 21, 2016
No one expected Pope Francis to have soft words for the mafia when he visited Naples last year. But the vehemence of his denunciation was still a surprise, even to veteran Francis watchers. “A corrupt society stinks like a rotting corpse,” he said in Scampia, a stronghold of the Neapolitan mafia, the Camorra. “And a Christian
January 07, 2016
From January 2015: Charlie Hebdo made fun of all religions, including ours – and sometimes that is needed
December 30, 2015
Britain, the United States and South America have all suffered from extreme weather
December 17, 2015
This was the year that social media caused identity politics to reach absurd new heights that future generations will find much easier to laugh at than we do. It was the year that the Spectator’s James Bartholomew coined the neologism “virtue signalling” to describe the act of asserting one’s moral superiority by expressing right-on opinions,
December 15, 2015
The Republican candidate seems to be immune to public shaming
December 01, 2015
Almost five centuries ago, on October 31, 1517, a German monk called Martin Luther reputedly nailed his Ninety-Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg. The initial cause of Luther’s protest was corruption in the Church, especially the misuse of indulgences, but the controversy soon
December 01, 2015
Almost five centuries ago, on October 31, 1517, a German monk called Martin Luther reputedly nailed his Ninety-Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg. The initial cause of Luther’s protest was corruption in the Church, especially the misuse of indulgences, but the controversy soon
November 26, 2015
Baby had umbilical cord attached but is well
November 19, 2015
Nissar Hussain, who had to have surgery after the attack, has suffered persecution for 'apostasy' for many years
November 06, 2015
Michel Houellebecq and other French intellectuals may herald the end of the Left's age
October 29, 2015
Britain’s most skilled historical storyteller has created another gem
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