A common trait of liberal and left-wing English people is that they are ashamed to be English. This is because we see the behaviour of people like Nigel Farage or Steven Yaxley-Lennon, who declare themselves proud of their Englishness, proud to represent English culture against the forces of wokeness that try to destroy it. Antifeminist YouTube personality and onetime UKIP candidate Carl Benjamin, also known as “Sargon of Akkad”, made a big deal of quoting John Milton’s ‘Areopagitica’ in one of his rants. …


Whilst pools were closed in lockdown, swimmers had to look elsewhere. For those brave enough, open water swimming provides a socially distanced alternative.

It’s easy to see the appeal. This is swimming in nature, surrounded by greenery and birdsong. Instead if the smell of chlorine and disinfectant, you have fresh air. The water is fresh, bracing, and you come out with a renewed appreciation for the natural world.

Having been pool swimming for a few years now, I decided to give it a go. After a little research, I settled on Sale Water Park, which is accessible on the Manchester…


There’s a famous joke that if you speak five languages, you’re a polyglot, if you speak two languages, you’re bilingual, and if you speak one language, you’re either English or American.

In February this year, Brexit leaning media celebrated what they dubbed an “early victory” for Britain in negotiations to leave the European Union. The victory in question was that negotiations would be conducted solely in English, with French-speaking parties having to front translation costs where necessary.

If the character of a nation is reflected in its people, then the widespread celebration of this moment encapsulates perfectly the suspicion with…


On the 4th of August, in the late afternoon, a video was taken showing a woman hoovering on a shaded apartment balcony with a little girl playing behind her. After a few moments, the cataclysmic explosion from Beirut’s port ravages the balcony. Before the curtains have even settled, she scoops up the child without a thought or moment’s pause and dashes inside to relative safety.

This woman, christened ‘angel’ on social media, is highly likely to be employed under the Kafala system. Meaning “sponsorship” in Arabic, kafala is a system of laws and customary practices which ties the residency of…

Kit Roberts

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