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Champagne, sex or the Tories: what could you live without?

11 September 2021 9:00 am

In idle chatter the other evening, somebody pooh-poohed champagne. He was a brave soul because in certain circles — and…

Boris’s premiership is entering a dangerous new phase

11 September 2021 9:00 am

The announcement of a tax increase for both workers and employers to fund more spending on health and social care…

The political power of Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown

11 September 2021 9:00 am

There is a rather sweet moment in the middle of each Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown show where, after some magnificently obscene…

Is it time to defund the world’s policeman?

11 September 2021 9:00 am

It gets lost in the many creative purposes successive American administrations invented to justify remaining in Afghanistan, but the primary…

How to solve the looming pigs-in-blankets crisis

4 September 2021 9:00 am

This is getting serious. Never mind global shortages of microchips, plastics, copper and container ships; now we’re running out of…

What’s the harm in opening the church doors?

4 September 2021 9:00 am

The end of summer 2021, the end of the great British staycation. I sat on the grass outside the post…

The Tories aren’t in party mood

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Nearly two years on from the general election and 11 years since the Tories took office, they remain comfortably and…

Is the world we value falling apart?

4 September 2021 9:00 am

From time to time, people get worried and ask one another: ‘Is the world falling apart?’ I imagine this is…

America, the Taliban and a farewell to arms

4 September 2021 9:00 am

It was quite the handover at Kabul airport this week. The last American troops to exit Afghanistan reportedly left facing…

The Nobel truth

4 September 2021 9:00 am

I suspect that there are no people in the world quite so right-on as the Nobel prize committee members. A…

Would you want London to be overrun with Americans like me?

28 August 2021 9:00 am

The Afghans the Home Office is scrambling to resettle in Britain present one of immigration’s most sympathetic cases: translators and…

Can a ‘demented seal’ mascot save COP26?

28 August 2021 9:00 am

This time last year, Boris Johnson and his team were making plans to ‘move on’ from the pandemic. He had…

Rishi’s stamp duty gimmick did little but help greedy builders

28 August 2021 9:00 am

The Hundred — some sort of pimped-up cricket tournament, I gather — passed me by entirely, but I’ve been admiring…

The neocolonialist legacy of Tony Blair

28 August 2021 9:00 am

The Americans may have pulled out, but luckily the Afghans have the world’s vibrant community of witches intervening to save…

The BBC exaggerates Britain’s importance in Afghanistan

28 August 2021 9:00 am

This week, the media pressure was on the British government to extend the deadline for the evacuations from Kabul airport.…

Is it cruel to eat fish?

28 August 2021 9:00 am

It was a hot late evening on the Greek island of Tinos, and we were sitting at a quayside restaurant…

It is shabby of Biden to blame the Afghans

21 August 2021 9:00 am

Q. Is a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan now inevitable? The President: No, it is not.Q. Why? The President: Because you…

Head back to the office – it’s your patriotic duty

21 August 2021 9:00 am

Give or take a few leader-writing shifts and editing projects, I’ve been working from home for the past 30 years,…

Lily Cole, the burka and why we were right to leave Afghanistan

21 August 2021 9:00 am

I have the feeling that Joe Biden will have to wait a while before he receives his Nobel Peace Prize,…

The Afghan withdrawal may not hurt Joe Biden

21 August 2021 9:00 am

When was the only time America’s left-liberal media gave President Trump any real credit? The answer is 7 April 2017,…

The flaw at the heart of humanitarian intervention

21 August 2021 9:00 am

One of the most interesting aspects of President Biden’s speech on the American withdrawal from Afghanistan is that it shows…

The Covid vaccines affect periods. Are we allowed to talk about this?

21 August 2021 9:00 am

It’s fashionable to talk about periods. Books on the subject, with glossy red and pink covers, are bestsellers. They have…

What ministers won’t admit about A-levels

14 August 2021 9:00 am

The tale of A-levels shows how ministers can sometimes find themselves in a position when it is simply too dangerous…

Why vaccine passports are pointless

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Despite having mocked app-happy Albion in my last column, I finally downloaded the NHS app. (Lest I seem a raging…

Will anyone publish my rabbit tale?

14 August 2021 9:00 am

The literary sensation of the season is apparently a book called The Constant Rabbit, by Jasper Fforde. In brief, a…