Nigel Jones

Is Putin using a body double?

5 August 2022 9:24 pm

Ever since his invasion of Ukraine in February, the world’s media has been awash with rumours that Vladimir Putin is…

Is the death penalty making a comeback?

30 July 2022 3:30 pm

It’s been a busy week for hangmen. In Japan, Tomohiro Kato, a 39-year-old man, was hanged at a Tokyo prison…

Is Putin really in good health?

22 July 2022 12:04 am

Soon after Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine in February a rash of stories appeared in the western media…

Boris Johnson is irreplaceable

19 July 2022 3:30 pm

It has been less than a fortnight since Boris Johnson’s premiership exploded so spectacularly just three short years after his…

Do Tory MPs still represent their members?

16 July 2022 4:10 pm

As the Tory party leadership race enters its next stage this weekend, one thing is becoming very clear: the two…

Boris's Tory assassins have learnt nothing from Thatcher's downfall

8 July 2022 11:07 pm

John Stuart Mill once dismissed the Tories as ‘the stupid party’. When a reader queried the insult, Mill qualified it, but…

Keir Starmer has got the Zzzz...Factor

15 June 2022 9:00 pm

Is it a fatal handicap for a politician to be dull? Since he became Labour leader two years ago, there…

Boris looks doomed, but can he escape the inevitable?

3 June 2022 4:15 pm

Is Boris Johnson’s government about to fall apart? Twice since World War Two, Tory governments have broken up after a…

Is this the week Boris Johnson's luck finally runs out?

23 May 2022 4:40 pm

‘Is he lucky?’ Napoleon demanded to know of one of his generals. When Sue Gray’s partygate report is released in…

Pestminster's return spells trouble for Boris

30 April 2022 12:07 am

Some male MPs behave ‘like animals’. In the wake of the recent spate of bad behaviour among our lords and masters, Attorney…

Putin, Bucha and a tale of two Russias

6 April 2022 4:00 pm

The scenes of butchery and barbarism in the liberated Ukrainian towns of Bucha and Irpin and nearby villages – civilians…

History must at least be readable if we’re to learn anything from it

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Richard Cohen was once one of our foremost book editors as well as being an Olympic sabre champion. Since moving…

How Sunak sunk himself

29 March 2022 10:05 pm

Whatever his myriad faults and foibles, Boris Johnson has the one essential quality that Napoleon demanded of his generals: luck.…

What Ukraine can teach Britain about patriotism

25 March 2022 10:41 pm

I live near the small Sussex seaside town of Selsey. It’s the sort of place that gets right up the…

Is Zelensky’s party crackdown his first mistake?

21 March 2022 11:19 pm

The news that Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky has banned eleven opposition parties – including the pro-Russian ‘Opposition – Platform For…

Is Boris channeling Churchill in his response to Russia?

18 March 2022 9:11 pm

Boris Johnson’s hero – apart from himself – is Winston Churchill, who led Britain through the dark valley of World…

Putin's taste for terror is nothing new

13 March 2022 6:00 pm

There is tragically nothing new about the scenes of indiscriminate terror unfolding in Ukraine: bombing and shelling unleashed by Putin’s…

Could a Kremlin assassin get to Putin?

7 March 2022 10:04 pm

Could an assassin kill Putin? Just as the second world war would not have happened without the demonic will and…

Why Ukrainians fear the Russians

25 February 2022 6:16 pm

The Ukrainian word ‘Holodomor’ meaning ‘death by hunger’ is not as well known in the West as the word ‘Holocaust’…

How Putin is following Hitler’s playbook

23 February 2022 6:37 pm

Like many rulers of Russia before him, especially Stalin, Vladimir Putin is a keen student of History. Judging by his…

Get well soon, your Majesty

22 February 2022 12:42 am

The news that the Queen had tested positive for Covid must have sent a shiver of dread down the spines…

Boris vs the Blob: the real reason John Major can't stand the PM

10 February 2022 11:09 pm

The embattled denizens of Downing Street must be quaking in their loafers as another incoming missile streaks in. This one…

Are Tory MPs too 'frit' to bin Boris?

5 February 2022 6:30 pm

Boris Johnson is in the midst of the bleakest period of his premiership, but he can at least nibble on a…

Stalin the intellectual: the dictator cast in a new light

5 February 2022 9:00 am

The link between mass-murdering dictators and the gentle occupation of reading and writing books is a curious one, but it…

Robert Harris on Boris Johnson, cancel culture and rehabilitating Chamberlain

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Nigel Jones talks to the writer Robert Harris about Blair, Johnson and Polanski, cancel culture and his quest to rehabilitate Neville Chamberlain