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Over a hundred issues, the focus and urgency have remained constant. In our first edition, Simon Sebag Montefiore and Jung Chang discussed Stalin and Mao with me, both authors emphasising the threat still posed by Russia and China. Today, these perils are even more pertinent, as George Walden reminds us. Michael Nazir-Ali, then still Bishop of Rochester, wrote about the danger of Britain drifting away from its Judaeo-Christian moorings; as his Critique this month shows, he is still a voice of sanity. Speaking up for Israel amid the chaos of the Middle East and speaking out against anti-Semitism in Europe has at times been a lonely vocation, but to be steadfast in the unending war against the oldest hatred  is a source of pride. In this issue Bruce Abramson offers a bold proposal to make the region safe not only for Jews and Christians but for Muslims too.

A key aim of Standpoint has always been to rally as wide a Left-Right spectrum as possible to the cause of Western civilisation. In this issue there are prominent centre-Left writers, such as R.W. Johnson and Nick Cohen, alongside conservatives of various persuasions, such as Douglas Murray and Peter Lilley, plus those who defy categorisation, such as David Goodhart. Not only on Brexit or Trump, say, but on philosophy, religion, art and literature, Standpoint is by no means monolithic. The only guests that are unwelcome at our table are those who hate Western civilisation.

The current crisis in Anglo-Russian relations has placed the enemies of the West under the microscope of public scrutiny — not before time. The West’s foes cover an even wider spectrum than its defenders, from the extremes of Left and Right to Islamists, anti-Semites and global conspiracy theorists of every stripe.

Worryingly, the impartiality of some of our former leaders may no longer be trusted. Tony Blair and Sir John Major sometimes seem less concerned with protecting the interests of the UK than those of the European Union. David Cameron is now a travelling salesman for China’s Belt and Road infrastructure project, rather as Gerhard Schröder, Angela Merkel’s predecessor as German Chancellor, has long promoted Russia’s Nord Stream gas pipeline. To question the loyalties of these elder statesmen might be unjust: they may well believe that their work on behalf of other powers will ultimately benefit their own peoples as well as themselves. This is harder to swallow in the case of Alex Salmond, the former Scottish First Minister, who is now a television presenter for RT, the Kremlin’s propaganda station. Not since William Joyce, Lord Haw-Haw, has there been such a betrayal — and Joyce, though executed as a traitor, had a British passport but was not a British subject. We are not at war with Russia, so Mr Salmond is not a traitor, but after the deployment of a chemical weapon on British soil by his Kremlin masters, few can still see him, or any guest who appears on his show, as a patriot.

In these sinister and bewildering times, Standpoint’s allegiance is unambiguous. We stand for Atlanticism — for life, liberty and the defence of Western civilisation.
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Lawrence James
April 9th, 2018
10:04 AM
The equation of Salmond's appearance on a Russian TV station with treason is evidence that the author has never read the 1351 Statute of Treason or its successors. We are not at war with Russia, save in the fevered imaginations of manic Russophobes, and so his actions did not constitute giving succour to Her Majesties enemies either at home or abroad.

Lawrence James.
April 9th, 2018
10:04 AM
William Joyce did ask for and receive a British passport and, therefore, accepted the protection of the then formidable British state. It did not matter that, like many passport-holder, he had not been born in Britain. During those weeks between his departure and taking German citizenship he was a British subject and his actions then were treason for which he was rightly hanged.

amcdonald
March 29th, 2018
2:03 PM
Today Mrs May announced there will be more money available for the NHS and schools because of Brexit. She didn`t say how many council houses and flats will be built. How many solar powered council houses does civilisation in the UK need? Labour has an answer and can deliver.

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