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EU: normal disservice resumes

30 April 2022 9:00 am

In the past few months, relations between the UK and the EU have been the best they have been since…

America has betrayed its young

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Two articles last weekend made me feel sorry for American young people. We in the anti-woke brigade can be awfully…

Has Carole the tarantula cured my arachnophobia?

30 April 2022 9:00 am

I’ve been an arachnophobe my whole life. I can’t remember a time when videos of spiders, or even photos or…

Why Elon Musk should forget Twitter and stick to Tesla

23 April 2022 9:00 am

I spent Easter agonising over whether to throw the considerable weight of this column behind Elon Musk’s maverick $43 billion…

The Tories’ summer of discontent

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Mid-term unpopularity is a given in British politics. Veterans from the Thatcher era like to joke that a government that…

My phone call with God

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Got slightly wrecked over the bank holiday weekend and had hoped to kind of glide through the early part of…

Putin’s argument is blood

23 April 2022 9:00 am

My friend, the novelist Alan Judd, emails with the right quotation for those who argue that Putin should be given…

The art of changing your mind

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Some years ago there was a study at Harvard that tried to find out what people did when they held…

The cult of sensitivity

23 April 2022 9:00 am

I was extra pleased to have swerved the modern curse that is Wordle when I read that ‘sensitive’ words have…

What Rishi Sunak could learn from George Osborne

16 April 2022 9:00 am

I was walking last week from Canary Wharf tube station to my flat in east London – not far, little…

A question of bravery

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Joe Biden announced in November: ‘Transgender people are some of the bravest Americans I know.’ When Conservative MP Jamie Wallis…

Durham’s maths problem

16 April 2022 9:00 am

More exciting news arrives from Britain’s dimmest university, Durham, which is embarking on a programme to ‘decolonise’ mathematics. About time.…

The case against a European army

16 April 2022 9:00 am

The end of the Cold War was used by the victors to unite Germany. To balance this, Europhiles created a…

Rishi Sunak’s political naivety

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Before the war in Ukraine, ministers and Tory MPs believed a fixedpenalty notice for the Prime Minister would mean the…

I feel sorry for Rishi Sunak

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Perhaps I should stress from the get-go that I do not know Rishi Sunak. So far as I know, we’ve…

Who can put the toothpaste of inflation back in its tube?

16 April 2022 9:00 am

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s food price index rose 13 per cent last month to stand a third higher…

Can I convert you to my opinion?

9 April 2022 9:00 am

I see that on the issue of gay conversion therapy, the Prime Minister has been floating around all over the…

How to lose an election

9 April 2022 9:00 am

I have remarked here before about our era’s tendency to accept election results if your side wins but to reject…

Our children are at breaking point – and it’s our fault

9 April 2022 9:00 am

I think it’s time we stopped scaring the children. I think they’ve had enough. They’re at breaking point now, every…

The changing face of No. 10

9 April 2022 9:00 am

David Canzini has made quite an impression since he joined No. 10 as the Prime Minister’s deputy chief of staff…

Spies shouldn’t be political

9 April 2022 9:00 am

Now that events in Ukraine are restoring a sense of proportion about the difference between aggressive autocracies and free countries,…

Why Channel 4 shouldn’t be privatised

9 April 2022 9:00 am

Enough of stagflation forecasts, each more frightening than the last. Enough – for now – of energy policy sermons, as…

How men’s pants predict economic crashes

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Should you happen to spot me these days lurking outside a Calvin Klein boutique, notebook in hand, I assure you…

I’m taking in a Ukrainian

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Delighted though we all are that Benedict Cumberbatch has decided to allow a Ukrainian family to live in one of…

How to avoid heating your house

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Spring commonly augers a quickening warmth, but for Britons this year the season coincides with a chilling marker: a 54…