The Dangerous Pull of Political Tribalism

The Dangerous Pull of Political Tribalism

Originally published on Unherd I long to belong. I want a place in the world, a way to appear in public, a context. I want a team. That’s why I feel the pull of political tribalism. Yet at the same time, there’s still some part of me that hankers after integrity. That...
What would you sacrifice for integrity?

What would you sacrifice for integrity?

Originally published on Unherd. Franz Jägerstätter’s life is perfect — remote and romantic, lived in a valley in Upper Austria. Up in the mountains, there he feels free. His farm is plentiful. His children healthy. The woman he loves happens to be his wife. He rings...
Package-Deal Ethics

Package-Deal Ethics

First published in The Hedgehog Review, Vol. 19. No. 3 (Autumn 2017) Ready, aim, fire, kill. A single shot was all it took. Every morning of his adult life, Gail Gerlach, a fifty-six-year-old plumber from Spokane, Washington, would strap on the holster of his 9mm...

Human Rights – all things being equal

First published by Standpoint, November 2017 If you wander into any Waterstones and scan the shelves for books about equality what you’re going to find are countless books about policy. You’ll find books by gurus like Antony Atkinson, Thomas Piketty or Joseph Stiglitz...
Charlottesville: a town haunted by the far right

Charlottesville: a town haunted by the far right

First published by New Statesman, 17th August 2017 On 12 August, a car ploughed down pedestrians in the street where I used to buy my pecan pies. I had recently returned to London from Charlottesville, Virginia – the scene of what appears to have been an act of white...