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Why is Microsoft offended by ‘Mrs Thatcher’?

18 December 2021 9:00 am

The interregnum between incumbents is a well-known and often elongated process in the Church of England. I have recently witnessed…

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.…

My plan for young people

11 December 2021 9:00 am

I have been reading 39 Ways To Save The Planet by the BBC journalist Tom Heap, which includes such ingenious…

Don’t strand Cambo until our energy future is secure

11 December 2021 9:00 am

If the phrase ‘stranded asset’ hasn’t yet entered your vocabulary, here’s a useful example of what it means. The 178…

How to spin a storm

11 December 2021 9:00 am

If, in the days after Storm Arwen, the north of England began to suspect that the south didn’t much care…

Lockdown has made poachers bolder – and more dangerous

11 December 2021 9:00 am

One midnight last month, Jon Wiltshire, who lives in a cottage just outside our Sussex village, was woken by a…

The Tories have no answer to the Channel crossings crisis

11 December 2021 9:00 am

One of this government’s favourite tactics is to act as if the beginning of its time in office was the…

Life online is about to get even worse

4 December 2021 9:00 am

No sooner had an inch or two of snow fallen on our upland areas last week than the climate-change Morlocks…

Anticolonialists have their myths too

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Much is now being made of the evils of empire. As a child of empire I bridle. I acknowledge the…

Will we ever learn to ‘live with the virus’?

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Comparing Saturday’s Downing Street press conference to Groundhog Day would insult one of my favourite films. The hilarious, multifarious strategies…

For industry, the pandemic isn’t over yet

4 December 2021 9:00 am

‘So you think it’s all over? Ho ho ho!’ That’s the message from Satan’s dark laboratory (twinned with Wuhan’s) where…

Who will be the Democrats’ Gorbachev?

4 December 2021 9:00 am

As this paper has argued since the time of the Tiananmen Square massacres, this country should offer Hong Kong people…

The Tories face their biggest problem yet

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Up until a few days ago, ministers could see how the government might regain its footing in the polls after…

'The type of person who makes the world work': remembering Anthony Smith

4 December 2021 9:00 am

I’m not sure how many readers know the name of Anthony Smith, who died on Sunday aged 83, but a…

Peppa Pig’s conservative values

27 November 2021 9:00 am

I like to think that Boris Johnson’s rambling performance at the CBI this week was a satire against the organisation…

Why the northeast could benefit from the ‘Waitrose Effect’

27 November 2021 9:00 am

A Church of England primary school in Richmond, London, has junked Sir Winston Churchill and J.K. Rowling as names for…

Has Covid turned us into a nation of hermits?

27 November 2021 9:00 am

If there’s one thing I misjudged completely, it’s how creepy and long-lasting the effects of lockdown on all of us…

Why you should be wary of buy now pay later

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Are you logged on to Klarna, Clearpay, Laybuy or Zilch for your Black Friday shopping binge — or are you…

The American identity crisis

27 November 2021 9:00 am

There was no reason for the world ever to hear the name Kyle Rittenhouse. Except that in the summer of…

Why the next election will be harder for the Tories

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Ever since Boris Johnson’s disastrous decision to try to stay the standards committee’s guilty verdict against Owen Paterson, things have…

The importance of stigma

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Exciting news from Durham University, which is helping its students to become ‘sex workers’. This noble institution is offering two…

Shell’s Dutch departure is a boost for the city of London

20 November 2021 9:00 am

The scrapping of most of the eastern leg of HS2, originally planned from Birmingham to Leeds, is a news item…

Why can’t we remember our first few years?

20 November 2021 9:00 am

I begin this column on a train from Paris to London. Opposite me are a mother and baby. I don’t…

The sleaze row is a crisis made for Angela Rayner

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Almost no MP has emerged with dignity from the sleaze debacle of the past three weeks. Boris Johnson’s botched attempt…