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Portrait of the week: power failures, toy shortages and Boris’s Marbella mountain villa

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Home In an extraordinary wrangle between government departments, the Treasury accused Kwasi Kwarteng, the Business Secretary, of ‘making things up’…

In praise of Irn Bru

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Gasbags Sir: Seb Kennedy tells us that, like Covid, our looming energy crisis came from China (‘Power grab’, 9 October).…

What will history have to say about lockdowns?

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Coronavirus may have fallen out of the news cycle but the threat of the virus has certainly not passed. Britain…

Are people still wearing masks?

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Wrong place, wrong time The name of the village of Nelson, north of Cardiff, was described as ‘problematic’ in an…

2525: Prime Times - solution

16 October 2021 9:00 am

The [5 Down] MILESTONE puzzle number 2525 is the product of PRIME numbers 101 TIMES 5 TIMES 5, equivalently the…

The real issues facing trans people aren’t pronouns

9 October 2021 9:00 am

It’s a strange reflection of our times that with so much else at stake, the leaders of both main parties…

Portrait of the week: Facebook’s blackout, California’s oil spill and Rishi’s kitchen sink

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, said he did not think Britain was in a crisis; he wanted it to…

Letters: In defence of Land Rovers

9 October 2021 9:00 am

How to stay safe Sir: Mary Wakefield is correct to highlight the opprobrium heaped on anyone who suggests sensible safety…

Where in the world will you find the cheapest petrol?

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Whole-life sentences How many prisoners are serving whole-life sentences? — There are currently 74 prisoners in prison with whole-life tariffs;…

2524: Spelean II - solution

9 October 2021 9:00 am

The quotation is ‘I DO WISH THOU WERT A [dog] THAT I MIGHT LOVE THEE SOMETHING’. The honest servant is…

Which James Bond film made the most money?

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Scummy idea Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner called Tories ‘scum’ in a speech to activists at her party’s conference. The…

2523: Monstrous regiment - solution

2 October 2021 9:00 am

The unclued Across lights can be preceded by MISS and the unclued Down lights. MRS 2/15D is the pair. First…

Portrait of the week: Petrol panic, Labour’s meltdown and China’s crypto crackdown

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Home The crisis of the week was a shortage of fuel at garages. ‘There is no need for people to…

Letters: Don’t let the parish perish

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Parish problems Sir: Emma Thompson draws attention to a serious problem in the Church of England (‘Power to the parish’,…

In blockbuster Britain, the BBC is being left behind

2 October 2021 9:00 am

There’s a great revival under way in the British TV and film industry, but it’s not the BBC that’s behind…

The BBC is being left behind in blockbuster Britain

29 September 2021 11:00 pm

There’s a great revival under way inthe British TV and film industry,but it’s not the BBC that’s behind it.Netflix is…

How the Tories have fuelled Britain’s energy crisis

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Britain is caught in an energy crisis of the government’s own making. It is true that gas prices have spiked…

Which countries have the highest energy bills?

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Seeds of change The Chelsea Flower Show opened in autumn for the first time, delayed thanks to the pandemic. The…

Portrait of the week: Gas prices soar, cabinet reshuffled and a green light for travel

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Home To prevent a shortage of meat, which relies on carbon dioxide in its packaging, the government gave millions of…

Letters: The lure of lorry driving

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Driving force Sir: As a long-distance UK lorry driver I am very aware of the issues raised by Rodney Pittam…

2522: A trifle - solution

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Unclued lights were synonyms of NOTHING. ‘A trifle’ is one definition of nothing given in Chambers. First prize James Knox,…

The case for an asylum amnesty

18 September 2021 9:00 am

Many feared mass unemployment as a fallout from Covid-19. Instead, we have ended up with the opposite problem: a labour…

2521: Leading question - solution

18 September 2021 9:00 am

The question was ‘What is THE THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY(-)NINTH PRIME NUMBER’ (7A/10/22/40/16/31/32/28)? The answer is 2521, the number of…

Letters: the horror of communism

18 September 2021 9:00 am

A kick up the assetocracy Sir: While it was heartening to see Fraser Nelson take a stand against the ‘assetocracy’…

Portrait of the week: Boosters, Emma Raducanu and the Taliban’s new rules

18 September 2021 9:00 am

Home The government decided to offer booster vaccinations to those over 50. Children aged 12 to 15 would be offered…