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The biggest danger to Boris comes from the enemies within

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Boris Johnson’s predecessor was destroyed by her inability to meet deadlines. Theresa May extended the Brexit transition period so many…

The difference between looking and seeing

19 June 2021 9:00 am

By the side of the road from Sudbury in Derbyshire to Ashbourne, there is a lone eucalyptus tree. This is…

Air travel is in terminal danger

19 June 2021 9:00 am

During the political car crash of 2019, I couldn’t imagine ever agreeing with Theresa May. Yet last week she exhibited…

A breath of fresh airwaves

19 June 2021 9:00 am

A couple of decades back the Radio Society asked me to moderate a debate for its summer festival. ‘Between who?’…

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Why this G7 summit matters more than most

12 June 2021 9:00 am

It’s risky planning a trip to the British seaside at any time of year. But if the weather forecast is…

My advice to Gareth Southgate

12 June 2021 9:00 am

This is a difficult issue to raise on the eve of a major football tournament, but as a progressive individual…

The polarising power of plague

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Now that the government has kindly allowed us to go out again, I wonder if anyone has discovered the same…

The forgotten joy of spontaneity

12 June 2021 9:00 am

If you ask people what they’ve missed out on since the pandemic, they’ll probably lament their cancelled plans. Weddings postponed,…

Give the people what they think they want

5 June 2021 9:00 am

I have a mean streak. Perhaps my cruellest urge is to give people what they claim to want. When political…

Big Tech is turning into Big Brother

5 June 2021 9:00 am

The Big Tech social media giants are having to rethink their policy of censoring anybody who suggests that Covid originated…

China is not as strong as it appears

5 June 2021 9:00 am

The theory that the pandemic began with a leak from a research laboratory in Wuhan is rapidly gaining currency. Since…

What Dominic Cummings and the Prime Misfit have in common

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Should the name of Dominic Cummings ever make it into the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, there’s one Cummings phrase…

Apple’s cowardly surrender to the mob

29 May 2021 9:00 am

A few weeks ago, more than 2,000 employees of Apple Inc. signed a petition that led to the sacking of…

My plan for Belarus

29 May 2021 9:00 am

A terrible thing, to be torn. Last Sunday was International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, a very painful condition affecting…

How much damage to the government has Dom’s bomb done?

29 May 2021 9:00 am

The more anticipated a parliamentary appearance, the less it tends to live up to its billing. But Dominic Cummings’s testimony…

When exactly did harpsichords become racist?

29 May 2021 9:00 am

It’s a dangerous thing when you import the worst aspects of another culture. And an even worse thing when you…

The two halves of Ireland can’t be forced together

22 May 2021 9:00 am

Last week, Edwin Poots was elected leader of the DUP. You will have read all about him. I have. You…

Can Boris’s roadmap survive the Indian variant?

22 May 2021 9:00 am

The roadmap out of lockdown is the signature document of Boris Johnson’s new team in No. 10. It’s intended to…

The strange theatre of mask-wearing

22 May 2021 9:00 am

However surreal and dystopian the pandemic landscape seemed at first, no enduring vista feels ‘surreal’ and ‘dystopian’ indefinitely. Citizenries uniformly…

The Proustian power of handwriting

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Towards the end of April, my mum sent me a letter. She doesn’t write as a rule — we speak…

Why I spoilt my ballot paper

15 May 2021 9:00 am

The headline ‘Government to allow people to hug’ one might have expected to hear on early evening news bulletins in…

Keir Starmer isn’t Labour’s biggest problem

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Keir Starmer has turned a drama into a crisis. The local elections were always going to be difficult for Labour.…

The wrath of Nicola Sturgeon

15 May 2021 9:00 am

I can’t seem to find the Oracle of Delphi’s complete works. The libraries remain shut and when I go to…

Who regulates the regulators?

8 May 2021 9:00 am

This isn’t about David Cameron and Greensillgate; it isn’t about Boris Johnson and wallpapergate or Jennifer-Arcurigate. It isn’t about Westferrygate…

What’s next for the Union?

8 May 2021 9:00 am

The Union faces two simultaneous challenges in Northern Ireland and Scotland that both look set to worsen in the coming…