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The war on cars is backfiring

6 March 2021 9:00 am

For most London-based politicians, there’s a threat that’s worse than Covid. You’ll begin to notice it as we ease out…

The real reasons children are going hungry

6 March 2021 9:00 am

‘We’re idiots, babe, it’s a wonder we can even feed ourselves.’ I listened to The Food Programme on Radio 4…

What Rishi Sunak could learn from the vaccine rollout

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Barely a year has passed since Rishi Sunak’s first Budget. Its centrepiece was a £30 billion stimulus designed to calm…

There is no justification for supporting the IRA

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Roy Greenslade held a number of prominent positions in Fleet Street over the course of a long career. But he…

Beware the linguistic Trojan horse

27 February 2021 9:00 am

It’s the bane of many an author these days: those newspaper-filler Q&As. One I recently filled out included the question:…

The 31 inventions that Britain really needs

27 February 2021 9:00 am

‘Get Brexit done, then Arpa’ read Dominic Cummings’s WhatsApp profile. Arpa was what’s now the American Defense Advanced Research Projects…

In defence of Piers Morgan

27 February 2021 9:00 am

The Liberal Democrat party’s foreign affairs spokesgoblin, Velma from Scooby-Doo — or ‘Layla Moran’ as she is known to close…

What will life look like after 21 June?

27 February 2021 9:00 am

‘Alas’ is a word used many times by Boris Johnson during the pandemic. It is how he prefaces announcements that…

Where will vaccine passports take us?

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Desperate to find someone to commemorate with a statue for having done great things, but who isn’t a white male,…

The case for immunity passports

20 February 2021 9:00 am

For more than 20 years, I’ve been raging away at pointless rules. When my blood’s up, there’s not a foam-flecked…

Will freedom always be just over the horizon?

20 February 2021 9:00 am

We should talk about horizons, and the setting of desirable ones. A newspaper gave it a go the other day…

It is time to make friends with the EU

20 February 2021 9:00 am

On Monday morning, Clément Beaune, Emmanuel Macron’s Europe Minister, clipped out the section of his media interview criticising Britain’s vaccination…

I’m living in a country that won’t let me out

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Anyone who’s been through customs Down Under isn’t surprised by the region’s OTT response to Covid. Having been X-rayed before…

Facts are now history

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Your quiz for the week is to make the connection between the following people: fun-loving Greek hack Homer, veteran US…

The Northern Ireland protocol problem

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Ursula von der Leyen now admits that she overreacted in the EU’s vaccine row with the UK. She has spoken…

The sticky truth about Navalny

13 February 2021 9:00 am

His courage is exhilarating. Even if you think his cause hopeless, Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader and Putin-baiter, deserves…

The importance of daydreams

6 February 2021 9:00 am

I miss daydreaming. It’s a small problem to have in a pandemic, but it nags at me. Laptop, cooker, home-school,…

The disconnect of Davos Man

6 February 2021 9:00 am

You may have missed Ursula von der Leyen’s big speech at Davos last week. Most people did. Perhaps because Davos…

What if Covid had struck in the 1970s?

6 February 2021 9:00 am

We have reached Covid-19’s first anniversary in the UK — and I really think we should do something fitting to…

Vaccine success is a boost for Boris – and the Union

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Imagine for a minute what British politics would be like without a Covid vaccine. The cabinet would be deeply, and…

For Democrats, the Capitol assault was the gift that keeps on giving

30 January 2021 9:00 am

As events recede, they change. When Donald Trump’s unhinged endgame culminated in a popular assault on the Capitol, most Americans…

‘Inessential’ workers have helped keep the country afloat

30 January 2021 9:00 am

A common sight across Britain these past ten months has been those rainbow flags fluttering in urban and village streets:…

The big tech bullies

30 January 2021 9:00 am

I was in the kitchen preparing the family’s dinner when the inauguration of Joe Biden was on TV, so I…

What’s next for the Special Relationship?

30 January 2021 9:00 am

This is a crucial year for the UK’s two most important relationships. The Anglo-American alliance, our strongest diplomatic and security…

What makes us think they’ll release lockdown after vaccines?

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Has the coup happened yet? You have the advantage over me. It was supposed to have taken place on Sunday.…