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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…

Why the baby doomers are wrong

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Rarely does a piece of journalism bring a tear to my normally cynical eye, but I did find this happening…