Columns

The ceaseless self-pity of cyclists

29 January 2022 9:00 am

I know that all must have prizes in the Victimisation Olympics these days, but when I heard a bicycle-rider on…

This government’s greatest failure is economic

29 January 2022 9:00 am

‘The main job of a government is to ensure that the economics don’t go wrong.’ So argued an economist friend…

The freedom to be wrong

29 January 2022 9:00 am

I must offer my support to Luke Main and Dr Joanna Brunker, who as a consequence of their fervent Christian…

The Tory party is split on one issue: Boris

29 January 2022 9:00 am

‘I can’t put into words how awful this is’ remarks one Tory MP. The party is split not on the…

‘Operation Red Meat’ won’t beef up the government

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Are you ready for ‘Operation Red Meat’? If not, then you should brace yourself. For it looks set to be…

The true cause of the public’s anger

22 January 2022 9:00 am

What Keir Starmer should have said, but didn’t, was that he had indeed drunk some beer in a frowsy Labour…

Good things can come from guilt

22 January 2022 9:00 am

I do not know anyone in the Sackler family. I wouldn’t even have heard of them were it not for…

Joe Biden’s Civil War re-enactment

22 January 2022 9:00 am

We can’t blame American progressives for yearning to relive the civil rights movement. Those were heady days. Opposition to segregation…

I tempted fate – and got Covid

15 January 2022 9:00 am

Well, I did warn you. As I typed my column last week on the imminent end of Covid I said…

The truth about that No. 10 party

15 January 2022 9:00 am

People seem surprised and a little doubting that the Prime Minister is incapable of remembering if he attended a party…

Why must younger generations constantly ‘work on themselves’?

15 January 2022 9:00 am

If I could lift one thing from younger generations, unpeel one idea from their anxious minds, it would be the…

After Boris, who?

15 January 2022 9:00 am

Even Boris Johnson’s longest-standing supporters now think he might be on the way out. His admission that he attended a Downing…

How to wrongfoot an anti-vaxer

8 January 2022 9:00 am

The headline looked promising: ‘How to argue with a Covid anti-vaxxer.’ And, yes, a Times colleague had put together a…

The end is always nigh

8 January 2022 9:00 am

Typically for my generation, I woke repeatedly as a kid with my pyjamas soaked in sweat because I’d had yet…

I’m calling it – Covid is over

8 January 2022 9:00 am

If anyone had any doubts about the wisdom of tempting fate then they probably haven’t considered the case of Betty…

A barking approach

8 January 2022 9:00 am

We are considering privatising or selling off our dog, Jessie. She seemed a rather wonderful idea when we got her…

What Boris needs to survive

8 January 2022 9:00 am

In recent years, the notion of cabinet government has been a polite fiction. In theory, the prime minister is merely…

Our growing unwillingness to understand the past

18 December 2021 9:00 am

I was recently reading the works of the 17th-century antiquary John Aubrey, who at one point mentions a ghost craze…

The conflict at the heart of the migrant question

18 December 2021 9:00 am

A friend, a Cambridge professor, passing my old college last week, was startled to encounter a young lady standing outside…

It’s not up to Boris to save Christmas – it’s up to us

18 December 2021 9:00 am

How well-behaved have you been in the second year of Covid? I wouldn’t say I’ve been perfect but I haven’t…

Has Boris made you better off?

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Despite the political misery for Boris Johnson as he ends the year, he has a big hope: that salaries will…

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’s death and the problem of evil

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Since I first read about the torture and murder of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, I’ve had what feels like an A-level…

The Covid dissidents who’ve made my Christmas merrier

18 December 2021 9:00 am

A few years back, a hackneyed journalistic come-hither led me to a sober reckoning: would I write about someone alive…

My meeting with the Durham University mob

18 December 2021 9:00 am

My abiding memory of this fairly appalling year is of the face of the young student at Durham University who…

Does Kamala Harris deserve to be vice president?

11 December 2021 9:00 am

Is it rude to refer to the Vice President of the USA as the world’s most famous diversity hire? Possibly.…