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How kindness became big business

13 August 2022 9:00 am

In those moments when I most fear that the West is on the skids, I find it helps to make…

The death of saving

13 August 2022 9:00 am

I was intrigued to learn from Tom Daley – that young man who became famous for jumping off a platform…

Will the lights go off this winter?

13 August 2022 9:00 am

Between 1992 and 2002, the UK experienced a period of benign economic growth. Known as the Nice (non-inflationary constant expansion)…

A strange kind of recession

13 August 2022 9:00 am

It’s possible that I owe Joe Biden some sort of an apology, however mealy-mouthed it might be. Last week I…

This is no way to pick a prime minister

6 August 2022 9:00 am

‘Truss’s campaign to be Britain’s next prime minister,’ wrote one political commentator this week, ‘seems to have unstoppable momentum. She…

Good riddance to the Tavistock

6 August 2022 9:00 am

Most push notifications that pop up on my tablet concern impending catastrophe. But last week, one newsflash made my day.…

When did we give up on the truth?

6 August 2022 9:00 am

During that rather strange summer of 2020 I used the phrase ‘the gentle armed robber George Floyd’ in several articles…

Biden’s victories look a lot like defeats

6 August 2022 9:00 am

Joe Biden’s week did not get off to a good start. When running for office in 2020 he repeatedly boasted…

Why the Tories must face the truth about energy bills

6 August 2022 9:00 am

One influential figure on the centre-left told me recently that he isn’t bothered about who wins the Tory leadership contest.…

The next PM’s growing to-do list

30 July 2022 9:00 am

In theory, the Conservative leadership contest could have stretched to the autumn, but the 1922 Committee and CCHQ decided to…

Trussonomics doesn’t add up

30 July 2022 9:00 am

I’ve been lucky enough in my working life so far to hold a string of jobs that have allowed me…

What Keir Starmer’s got wrong

30 July 2022 9:00 am

I see that Cricket Scotland is an appalling institution riven with racism. It has just been subjected to ‘the most…

Why should straight white men 'pass the power'?

30 July 2022 9:00 am

If you happened to be walking through Southwark this week you might have been accosted by a big public sign.…

The high price of failure

23 July 2022 9:00 am

I was listening to a rich bastard on the radio explaining why he was feeling disinclined to give any more…

Liz Truss is no Margaret Thatcher

23 July 2022 9:00 am

The late Senator Lloyd Bentsen was 26 years older than the young Senator Dan Quayle when in 1988 they crossed…

The future of the Tories is at stake

23 July 2022 9:00 am

To govern is to choose. So leadership contests for a party in government tend to come down to a key…

Why I won’t have a Covid booster

23 July 2022 9:00 am

In the news recently, we’ve heard from multiple Britons who’ve lost family members or sacrificed their own health to Covid’s…

The ruthless inefficiency of the Tory party

23 July 2022 9:00 am

It is hard to love the Conservative party. But one reason it has at least always commanded a certain amount…

Where do the Tories go from here?

16 July 2022 9:00 am

The hardest thing for any political party to achieve is renewal in government. The Tories have managed it twice since…

Why it has to be Kemi

16 July 2022 9:00 am

Have you considered a career in whoring? It can be very rewarding, apparently – especially financially. World’s oldest profession and…

Parents must resist Stonewall’s gospel

16 July 2022 9:00 am

I think by now it’s becoming horribly apparent to parents of every political persuasion that we can’t sit out the…

Shouldn't we feel sorry for Hunter Biden?

16 July 2022 9:00 am

Scandal is such a wonderful driver of human emotions. Just think of the number of things you get to feel…

The age of the anti-natalists

9 July 2022 9:00 am

As of 2023, the novel for which I may still be best known will have been out for 20 years.…

Playing the ace card

9 July 2022 9:00 am

The radical feminist publishing house Verso has begun, in its tweets, to refer to a section of the population as…

The truth about life as a gay Tory MP

9 July 2022 9:00 am

Male Tory MPs molesting young men? Buttock-squeezing and groin-fumbling at a private members’ club? A middle-aged politician slipping into a…