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Where has the truth gone?

18 September 2021 9:00 am

There were two remarkable things about Emma Raducanu’s wonderful win at the US open last week. The first was the…

The Tories need a new purpose

18 September 2021 9:00 am

One of the things that distinguishes Boris Johnson from the last three Tory prime ministers is that he has a…

Is it cruel to crush your child’s dreams?

18 September 2021 9:00 am

I think it’s for the best if we ban all children’s books containing the word ‘dream’. Dream big, little dreamer,…

In defence of Jess Brammar

18 September 2021 9:00 am

I noticed with interest that Gigalum island — off the Kintyre peninsula in Argyll — was up for sale for…

Champagne, sex or the Tories: what could you live without?

11 September 2021 9:00 am

In idle chatter the other evening, somebody pooh-poohed champagne. He was a brave soul because in certain circles — and…

Boris’s premiership is entering a dangerous new phase

11 September 2021 9:00 am

The announcement of a tax increase for both workers and employers to fund more spending on health and social care…

The political power of Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown

11 September 2021 9:00 am

There is a rather sweet moment in the middle of each Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown show where, after some magnificently obscene…

Is it time to defund the world’s policeman?

11 September 2021 9:00 am

It gets lost in the many creative purposes successive American administrations invented to justify remaining in Afghanistan, but the primary…

What’s the harm in opening the church doors?

4 September 2021 9:00 am

The end of summer 2021, the end of the great British staycation. I sat on the grass outside the post…

The Tories aren’t in party mood

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Nearly two years on from the general election and 11 years since the Tories took office, they remain comfortably and…

America, the Taliban and a farewell to arms

4 September 2021 9:00 am

It was quite the handover at Kabul airport this week. The last American troops to exit Afghanistan reportedly left facing…

The Nobel truth

4 September 2021 9:00 am

I suspect that there are no people in the world quite so right-on as the Nobel prize committee members. A…

Would you want London to be overrun with Americans like me?

28 August 2021 9:00 am

The Afghans the Home Office is scrambling to resettle in Britain present one of immigration’s most sympathetic cases: translators and…

Can a ‘demented seal’ mascot save COP26?

28 August 2021 9:00 am

This time last year, Boris Johnson and his team were making plans to ‘move on’ from the pandemic. He had…

The neocolonialist legacy of Tony Blair

28 August 2021 9:00 am

The Americans may have pulled out, but luckily the Afghans have the world’s vibrant community of witches intervening to save…

Is it cruel to eat fish?

28 August 2021 9:00 am

It was a hot late evening on the Greek island of Tinos, and we were sitting at a quayside restaurant…

Lily Cole, the burka and why we were right to leave Afghanistan

21 August 2021 9:00 am

I have the feeling that Joe Biden will have to wait a while before he receives his Nobel Peace Prize,…

The Afghan withdrawal may not hurt Joe Biden

21 August 2021 9:00 am

When was the only time America’s left-liberal media gave President Trump any real credit? The answer is 7 April 2017,…

The flaw at the heart of humanitarian intervention

21 August 2021 9:00 am

One of the most interesting aspects of President Biden’s speech on the American withdrawal from Afghanistan is that it shows…

The Covid vaccines affect periods. Are we allowed to talk about this?

21 August 2021 9:00 am

It’s fashionable to talk about periods. Books on the subject, with glossy red and pink covers, are bestsellers. They have…

Why vaccine passports are pointless

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Despite having mocked app-happy Albion in my last column, I finally downloaded the NHS app. (Lest I seem a raging…

Will anyone publish my rabbit tale?

14 August 2021 9:00 am

The literary sensation of the season is apparently a book called The Constant Rabbit, by Jasper Fforde. In brief, a…

The National Trust has lost the language of architecture

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Press officers, breathe easy. This is not another column attacking the National Trust. Actually, I tell a lie. It is.…

How to burst the grade inflation bubble

14 August 2021 9:00 am

The Tories regard a return to rigorously marked exams as one of their big achievements in education. In 2010, the…

Putting the commie in committee

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Last month an epidemiologist called Professor Michael Baker described the UK government’s decision to free its people from Covid restrictions…