Author: Douglas Murray

28 May 2015

Smash Isis now – or we’ll all pay later

Originally published in The Spectator For months, the White House has been saying that it has Isis on the run. Yet each week the world sees that Isis is only running forwards. Last week, the US state department briefed that Isis was ‘a significant threat to all of our partners in the region’ and ‘a … Continued

22 May 2015

Will Theresa May allow Muhammad Salah to enter the UK?

Originally published in The Spectator Unencumbered by the regressive Liberal Democrats, the new government has already managed to start taking extremism seriously.  The counter-extremism legislation which the Lib Dems managed to stall will be included in the Queen’s Speech next week. But the government already faces an early test of its policies. Muhammad Salah – a … Continued

20 May 2015

Secularists need to prioritise their targets

Originally published in The Spectator I was on the BBC on Sunday morning discussing the government’s new counter-extremism legislation. Unusually for a discussion on this area the debate seemed to me to be constructive and engaging.  Perhaps this is a reflection of the changed political weather. But there was one strange thing – which is why … Continued

30 Apr 2015

How Lampedusa copes when the migrant ships come in

Originally published in The Spectator The young hang about in packs or speed around town, two to a scooter. Old women group together on benches around the town square in front of the church. The men continually greet each other as though they haven’t met for years. The likelihood is small. With fewer than 6,000 … Continued

30 Mar 2015

Is Britain losing the war against radical Islam?

Originally published in The Spectator Some stories are almost too predictable. Take this one. Three schoolgirls from Britain disappear to Syria, apparently in order to join Islamic State and become ‘jihad brides’, or more precisely ‘jihad rape prizes’. There is a huge public outcry. In particular the families of the girls – and others in … Continued

13 Mar 2015

This is no debate but a rally of hate directed at Israel

Originally published in The Express EARLIER this month we once again saw what hotbeds of extremism and hatred some of our university campuses have become. The fact that Mohammed Emwazi (aka “Jihadi John”) had been a student at Westminster university could have surprised no one. Nor could the discovery that on the very night Emwazi … Continued

05 Mar 2015

Was Netanyahu’s message worth the diplomatic damage it caused?

Originally published in The Spectator For weeks before his plane set off for Washington, Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress was exhaustingly analysed here in DC. Did Speaker Boehner adequately notify the White House about the invitation? How angry was the President really about this fait accompli? Were the Republicans using the invite to … Continued


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