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Who can read Penny Mordaunt?

23 July 2022 9:00 am

Whitehall is telling ministers that this is a ‘caretaker’ government and so, by convention, cannot take decisions. This is not…

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…

Sack Heathrow’s boss? No, put him on the front line

23 July 2022 9:00 am

Airports are on my mind, since I’ve just stepped off an on-time early-morning flight from East Midlands to Bergerac –…

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…

My Tory leadership race fantasy game

16 July 2022 9:00 am

‘Black swan’ theory, developed by the writer Nassim Nicholas Taleb, refers to unexpected events that have extreme consequences but are…

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…

The triumph of ethnic-minority Tories

16 July 2022 9:00 am

If you had said, even ten years ago, that there was no chance of a white male cabinet minister becoming…

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…

Is our card-only culture fuelling inflation?

9 July 2022 9:00 am

Is anything anywhere getting noticeably better – economically speaking – or at least less bad? Are commodities and manufactured goods…

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…

Thatcher and Boris: the problems of downfall

9 July 2022 9:00 am

Few leaders could be as different in character as Margaret Thatcher and Boris Johnson, but one can compare their predicaments…

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…

Who’ll stop the art attackers?

9 July 2022 9:00 am

One problem of being mugged, I am told, is not just the event itself but the dreams of violence that…

‘It’s just about him’: who can dislodge Boris?

9 July 2022 9:00 am

Westminster has always been run more by convention than by rulebook. Prime ministers are seldom forced out: they are persuaded…

Will Hispanic conservatives transform US politics?

2 July 2022 9:00 am

If you had to take a guess on which American political party would produce the first Mexican-born Congresswoman, which one…

Beware the sex party bores

2 July 2022 9:00 am

You know you’re getting old when your friends start going to sex parties. In our twenties, there were parties, and…

The law of unintended consequences

2 July 2022 9:00 am

When I awoke the other morning and switched on my radio, the airwaves were alive with the sound of furious,…

How to save Oxford Street – and your high street

2 July 2022 9:00 am

Oxford Street is ‘a dinosaur district destined for extinction’, says Marks & Spencer boss Stuart Machin – whose plan to…

Why tactical voting is so dangerous for the Tories

2 July 2022 9:00 am

Boris Johnson has always been a celebrity politician. It is one of the reasons why the normal rules of politics…

The rail strikes could be the end of the line for Boris

25 June 2022 9:00 am

Here I go again, in my occasional role as your intrepid transport correspondent. Last week I reported on airport chaos,…

Who monitors the moralists?

25 June 2022 9:00 am

If anyone was suitable to be the Prime Minister’s adviser on ministerial interests, it was Lord Geidt. Self-effacing, professional, unself-righteous…

The case for hiking interest rates

25 June 2022 9:00 am

Check out these hyperventilating headlines from last week: ‘What the Fed’s largest interest rate hike in decades means for you’…