Columnists

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…

How far will house prices fall?

21 May 2022 9:00 am

‘Forecasting is a mug’s game’ is a truism attributed to everyone from fantasy author Douglas Adams to former Bank of…

What we learnt from Eurovision

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Twice during the Eurovision Song Contest our television lost the signal and the set went blank – once, mercifully, during…

Why parliament should move to Stoke

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Justified relief that soldiers are now coming out of the Azovstal steelworks alive is accompanied by anxiety about what might…

Boris’s plan to divide and conquer

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Boris Johnson has never quite been able to decide whether he wants to be a great unifier or a great…

The dishonesty of how we respond to tragedies

21 May 2022 9:00 am

It isn’t hard to notice that some crimes are more important than others. Or at least more politically advantageous. It…

The nonsense world of emotional support animals

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Sometimes an event or a phenomenon is so perplexing and so terrible that it’s best not to deal with it…

My list of Britain’s national character flaws

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Before we start, let’s firmly establish my long-standing affection for the United Kingdom. Why, some of my best friends are…

Could Haldane have helped save us from inflation?

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Would Andy Haldane, the economist who left the Bank of England to run the Royal Society of Arts, have made…

The BBC’s obsession with youth

14 May 2022 9:00 am

At long last the state of Oregon has got around to installing tampon machines in the male lavatories of its…

Prince Charles and a living history lesson

14 May 2022 9:00 am

When I was a lobby journalist, I never went to the State Opening of Parliament. I much regret it, because…

The truth about Britain’s Covid deaths

14 May 2022 9:00 am

There has been a considerable hoo-hah in the press about the recent World Health Organisation report estimating Covid-related deaths internationally…

Why silly scandals suit our politicians

14 May 2022 9:00 am

I wonder if we will ever be able to resist fixing the suffix ‘gate’ to the end of any not-yet-sufficiently-salacious…

Can the Tories bounce back before the next election?

14 May 2022 9:00 am

When David Cameron was prime minister, the Tories flirted with the idea of a Queen’s Speech with no bills in…

The truth about Roe vs Wade

7 May 2022 9:00 am

As we get back into Roe vs Wade, prompted by the leak of what is said to be the US…

Will Putin go nuclear?

7 May 2022 9:00 am

A ghastly tragedy Ukraine may well be, but it is coming to the rescue of a number of British Conservative…

No, BP’s profit hasn’t boosted Starmer’s windfall-tax call

7 May 2022 9:00 am

BP’s ‘underlying’ first-quarter profit of $6.2 billion, compared with $2.6 billion in the first quarter of 2021, was a direct…

How did we fall for the junk science of forensics?

7 May 2022 9:00 am

I grew up in the golden age of forensic science, at a time when expert witnesses were becoming celebs, each…

What America gets right about the abortion debate

7 May 2022 9:00 am

There are two things non-Americans can almost never understand about America and should probably never speak about. The first is…

The quiet dignity of Angela Rayner

30 April 2022 9:00 am

In those gentle days before internet pornography there was a book you could buy which listed the precise moment in…

The one thing Netflix could do to keep me subscribing

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Anecdotes and statistics should never be confused, but let’s do just that to build a composite picture of today’s UK…