How a serious issue with racism was reduced to a tick-boxing exercise

In the Spectator, Claire argues that it is up to the public to avoid being dragged into an over-simplistic ‘whose side are you on?’ row. Who needs statue topplers when the state will do it for you? Some bright spark in authority has decided the way to defend the statues on Parliament Square is to … Read more How a serious issue with racism was reduced to a tick-boxing exercise

Staying at home doesn’t make us heroes

I don’t particularly like the constant war analogies used about fighting coronavirus. However, when someone like Matt Hancock conjures up the Blitz spirit, urging us to pull together ‘in one gigantic national effort’, I think of that cliched question: ‘What did you do in the war, Daddy?’ Forget the sexism, what will our answer be to future … Read more Staying at home doesn’t make us heroes

This is no time for ‘gotcha!’ journalism

In The Spectator, Claire Fox argues that rather than trying to catch the government out, the media should treat its audience with the deference it deserves and truly scrutinise the government’s strategy. The lockdown has ensured that many millions now gather round the TV and watch the daily press conference from No.10. We hang on … Read more This is no time for ‘gotcha!’ journalism

Don’t expect the EU to learn any lessons from Brexit

Claire wrote for the Spectator on her experiences of being a member of the European Parliament. She explains how the parliament doesn’t even provide a vehicle to discuss the EU’s problems and potential solutions because it is such a bureaucratic stitch-up. She argues that the EU doesn’t look like it will act to deal with … Read more Don’t expect the EU to learn any lessons from Brexit

My clash with Alastair Campbell convinced me it’s time to hug a remainer

Claire wrote an article for the Spectator following her appearance on BBC Politics Live. She argues that whatever the aggravations of the Brexit debates, it’s time to try to be constructive in the way we discuss politics. She writes: I confess I had butterflies doing the first BBC Politics Live of 2020. It felt like … Read more My clash with Alastair Campbell convinced me it’s time to hug a remainer

Boris Johnson couldn’t have done it without the Brexit Party

Claire wrote for the Spectator on why she was pleased that the Conservatives won a majority in the election. But she also explains why Boris Johnson should be grateful to the Brexit Party – not just for his election landslide but for the fact that Brexit was back on the agenda at all. The party’s … Read more Boris Johnson couldn’t have done it without the Brexit Party

Boris’s ‘oven-ready’ Brexit deal isn’t what all Leave voters want

Claire has an article in the Spectator on why voting Conservative isn’t necessarily the answer for many Brexit voters. Whatever the results on Thursday, there have been aspects of this election campaign not revealed by polling. My experience of speaking and campaigning in my MEP patch in the North West has been revelatory. I am in … Read more Boris’s ‘oven-ready’ Brexit deal isn’t what all Leave voters want

In defence of post-truth politics

Why should people who vote with their hearts be dismissed as delusional writes Claire Fox in the Spectator Donald Trump’s shock US election victory has provoked a transatlantic howl of disbelief from a cosmopolitan elite aghast that American voters have had the temerity to reject its one true liberal world-view. Hillary Clinton’s loss is seen … Read more In defence of post-truth politics