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If only Tom Cruise would ditch his cult

18 June 2022 9:00 am

I keep reading that Tom Cruise is the Last Great Movie Star, as if he’s some noble but endangered animal.…

The reason Glastonbury is so white

18 June 2022 9:00 am

The former comedian Sir Lenny Henry has questioned why there seem to be so few black people at rock festivals…

How Michael O’Leary can stop the flying blame game

18 June 2022 9:00 am

Stock markets are tumbling, but given the tide of economic news, that’s hardly surprising. The S&P 500 index dived into…

Why neither Andrew Neil nor I can be part of the Establishment

18 June 2022 9:00 am

Even before the ECHR injunction, the bishops had issued their anathema. All 25 of them in the House of Lords…

Boris Johnson’s loss of authority

18 June 2022 9:00 am

There is an uneasy truce in the Tory party. The 148 MPs who voted no confidence in Boris Johnson last…

The Tory cadets who want a shot at the top

11 June 2022 9:00 am

When Conservative prime ministers face a problem of logistics – from ambulance-driver shortages to border-force failures – there is a…

Who dares ask how far Brexit is to blame for UK inflation?

11 June 2022 9:00 am

After the Jubilee dream of a lovely lost Britain, back to reality with a face-slap: the reality of the £8…

Boris’s cheerers will feel cheated if he goes

11 June 2022 9:00 am

It was reported gleefully that Boris Johnson was booed as he entered St Paul’s Cathedral for the Jubilee Thanksgiving service…

I’m out to get Boris

11 June 2022 9:00 am

‘Steady on, old chap. You’re a bit hard on the boy.’ The arm around my shoulder was that of Boris…

The British Empire’s despicable treatment of mermaids

11 June 2022 9:00 am

I may have broken the law this week, without having intended to, so great was my rush to return home.…

A win for the film critics of Bradford

11 June 2022 9:00 am

As a general rule, you should never talk about a film you haven’t seen. But The Lady of Heaven is…

Does advertising matter?

11 June 2022 9:00 am

‘Stop! Don’t fast-forward. I love this advert!’ How often do you say that? Considering that some commercial breaks run to…

Monarchy is the guarantor of democracy

4 June 2022 9:00 am

Like many people who do not share his views, I have felt intermittent admiration for Peter Tatchell over the past…

How to win my vote

4 June 2022 9:00 am

The repeated injunction that we should all ‘move on’ from worrying our silly heads about partygate is as otiose as…

Not all masculinity is ‘toxic’

4 June 2022 9:00 am

Anyone who has passed through an education in thepast decade will have encountered the term ‘toxic masculinity’. It is one…

Who’s to blame for the air travel crisis?

4 June 2022 9:00 am

I sincerely hope you’re not reading this on a holiday flight that’s sitting on the tarmac with no indication as…

The closing of the Chinese mind

4 June 2022 9:00 am

I was born in Nanjing five years after the Tiananmen Square protests. By then, records of the demonstrations and the…

Boris may be toppled by accident

4 June 2022 9:00 am

Every Tory leader fears a plot against them. Their paranoia isn’t helped by the layout of Westminster, which lends itself…

For Boris, the hard bit is just beginning

28 May 2022 9:00 am

Boris Johnson has been plunged back into the mire of partygate. The publication of a photograph of Johnson raising a…

Why I was almost thrown out of South Africa

28 May 2022 9:00 am

On my 2 p.m. arrival for a week-long work trip to South Africa a fortnight ago, an immigration agent flapped…

Monkeypox, Covid and the trouble with our species

28 May 2022 9:00 am

I hate to be one of those columnists who says ‘I told you so’. But I told you so. Looking…

The endless tiny errors of the NHS

28 May 2022 9:00 am

I wrote recently elsewhere about Jeremy Hunt’s good new book examining unnecessary deaths in the NHS. Someone should write a…

Are you paying attention?

28 May 2022 9:00 am

I have just posted a score of 1,625,000 on Bubbleshooter, my best yet. Bubbleshooter is a game where you fire…

The close friend I never really knew

28 May 2022 9:00 am

I have just read an extraordinary new book. It’s by a close and old pal whom I’d count as one…

Is the Elizabeth line worth the cost?

28 May 2022 9:00 am

It’s 8.16 on Tuesday morning and I’m actually writing this on a moving Elizabeth line train. Moving in the sense…