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Life online is about to get even worse

4 December 2021 9:00 am

No sooner had an inch or two of snow fallen on our upland areas last week than the climate-change Morlocks…

Anticolonialists have their myths too

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Much is now being made of the evils of empire. As a child of empire I bridle. I acknowledge the…

Will we ever learn to ‘live with the virus’?

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Comparing Saturday’s Downing Street press conference to Groundhog Day would insult one of my favourite films. The hilarious, multifarious strategies…

For industry, the pandemic isn’t over yet

4 December 2021 9:00 am

‘So you think it’s all over? Ho ho ho!’ That’s the message from Satan’s dark laboratory (twinned with Wuhan’s) where…

Who will be the Democrats’ Gorbachev?

4 December 2021 9:00 am

As this paper has argued since the time of the Tiananmen Square massacres, this country should offer Hong Kong people…

The Tories face their biggest problem yet

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Up until a few days ago, ministers could see how the government might regain its footing in the polls after…

'The type of person who makes the world work': remembering Anthony Smith

4 December 2021 9:00 am

I’m not sure how many readers know the name of Anthony Smith, who died on Sunday aged 83, but a…

Peppa Pig’s conservative values

27 November 2021 9:00 am

I like to think that Boris Johnson’s rambling performance at the CBI this week was a satire against the organisation…

Why the northeast could benefit from the ‘Waitrose Effect’

27 November 2021 9:00 am

A Church of England primary school in Richmond, London, has junked Sir Winston Churchill and J.K. Rowling as names for…

Has Covid turned us into a nation of hermits?

27 November 2021 9:00 am

If there’s one thing I misjudged completely, it’s how creepy and long-lasting the effects of lockdown on all of us…

Why you should be wary of buy now pay later

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Are you logged on to Klarna, Clearpay, Laybuy or Zilch for your Black Friday shopping binge — or are you…

The American identity crisis

27 November 2021 9:00 am

There was no reason for the world ever to hear the name Kyle Rittenhouse. Except that in the summer of…

Why the next election will be harder for the Tories

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Ever since Boris Johnson’s disastrous decision to try to stay the standards committee’s guilty verdict against Owen Paterson, things have…

The importance of stigma

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Exciting news from Durham University, which is helping its students to become ‘sex workers’. This noble institution is offering two…

Shell’s Dutch departure is a boost for the city of London

20 November 2021 9:00 am

The scrapping of most of the eastern leg of HS2, originally planned from Birmingham to Leeds, is a news item…

Why can’t we remember our first few years?

20 November 2021 9:00 am

I begin this column on a train from Paris to London. Opposite me are a mother and baby. I don’t…

The sleaze row is a crisis made for Angela Rayner

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Almost no MP has emerged with dignity from the sleaze debacle of the past three weeks. Boris Johnson’s botched attempt…

The absurd theatre of vaccine passports

20 November 2021 9:00 am

When a column highlighting under-appreciated breaking news has had absolutely no impact on the course of events (per usual), the…

Can Boris weather this new storm?

13 November 2021 9:00 am

The row over MPs’ outside interests has landed Boris Johnson in one of the most uncomfortable positions a prime minister…

The dangerous pleasure of hating men

13 November 2021 9:00 am

I have Netflix, and in particular the series Maid, to thank for the startling discovery of how easy it is…

Kamala Harris and the problem with racist trees

13 November 2021 9:00 am

I was intrigued to learn that Kamala Harris, the Vice President of the US, is worried about racist trees. I…

Bankers, not Greta, will save the planet

13 November 2021 9:00 am

I have observed before how useful really big numbers can be in response to crises: when US treasury secretary Hank…

MPs aren’t the elite – faceless bureaucrats are

13 November 2021 9:00 am

I see that the most boring conversation in the nation is back. The one even worse than people in the…

A re-gift to Donald Trump

6 November 2021 9:00 am

For Democrats, like the ‘insurrection’ of January 6th, the Trump policy of separating illegal-immigrant parents from their children in 2018…

National Trust members fight back

6 November 2021 9:00 am

At the National Trust’s annual general meeting last week, the voting was much more unusual than the public will have…