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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…

The absurd theatre of vaccine passports

20 November 2021 9:00 am

When a column highlighting under-appreciated breaking news has had absolutely no impact on the course of events (per usual), the…

Can Boris weather this new storm?

13 November 2021 9:00 am

The row over MPs’ outside interests has landed Boris Johnson in one of the most uncomfortable positions a prime minister…

The dangerous pleasure of hating men

13 November 2021 9:00 am

I have Netflix, and in particular the series Maid, to thank for the startling discovery of how easy it is…

Kamala Harris and the problem with racist trees

13 November 2021 9:00 am

I was intrigued to learn that Kamala Harris, the Vice President of the US, is worried about racist trees. I…

Bankers, not Greta, will save the planet

13 November 2021 9:00 am

I have observed before how useful really big numbers can be in response to crises: when US treasury secretary Hank…

MPs aren’t the elite – faceless bureaucrats are

13 November 2021 9:00 am

I see that the most boring conversation in the nation is back. The one even worse than people in the…

A re-gift to Donald Trump

6 November 2021 9:00 am

For Democrats, like the ‘insurrection’ of January 6th, the Trump policy of separating illegal-immigrant parents from their children in 2018…

National Trust members fight back

6 November 2021 9:00 am

At the National Trust’s annual general meeting last week, the voting was much more unusual than the public will have…

Don’t let China’s climate sins cloak its crushing of Hong Kong

6 November 2021 9:00 am

China’s failure to bring anything new to COP26 surprised no one. The world’s worst carbon emitter offered no advance on…

Three little words that could cost Boris

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Boris Johnson knows the value of three-word slogans. ‘Take back control’ and ‘get Brexit done’ helped propel him to his…

Do you really need to see the GP in person?

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Only later, perhaps even a decade later, as the pandemic of 2020-22 shrinks in our rear-view mirror, may we be…

The burden of being a Newcastle United fan

30 October 2021 9:00 am

The second thing I learned about football, after moving to London, is that you can never, ever switch your allegiance.…

Why paying more dividends could save the planet

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Climate emergency demands action, not rhetoric. So, on the eve of COP26, which UK news item promises to deliver the…

What this Budget tells us

30 October 2021 9:00 am

The Budget and the spending review gave the clearest indication yet of what the post-Covid government might look like. During…

Who owns the language?

30 October 2021 9:00 am

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is giving local residents £25,000 grants to enable them to change the names of…

What if Clinton had come clean?

30 October 2021 9:00 am

What if Bill Clinton had told the truth? Would America’s sexual and political history be different? The thought occurs because…

The cold hard truth about heat pumps

30 October 2021 9:00 am

When I went to Poland not long before Covid, I found a country more bitterly divided by a culture war…

Prince Harry is surfing an investment wave

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Does the economist David Blanchflower — who I described as the Bank of England’s ‘resident wacko’ during his 2006-09 tenure…

My advice to Dave Chappelle

23 October 2021 9:00 am

I’m accustomed to a sense of urgency in relation to Netflix offerings because the streaming service often buys short-term rights…