The Week

Letters: Banning Russia’s culture only benefits Putin

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Don’t ban Russia’s culture Sir: It is uncouth, illiterate and actually beneficial to Putin when theatres, opera houses and other…

Portrait of the week: Inflation’s 40-year high, Tory MP’s rape arrest and monkeypox in Britain

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Home The annual rate of inflation, impelled by energy costs, rose to 9 per cent, its highest since 1982. Unemployment…

When did footballers’ wives become ‘WAGs’?

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Wagtime Footballers’ wives Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney are locked in a libel trial dubbed ‘Wagatha Christie’. The term WAGs,…

Lviv diary: ballet, bomb shelters – and everyone loves Boris

21 May 2022 9:00 am

It is a glorious spring evening in Lviv and what could be better than a ballet gala at one of…

The ancient Greek ship that was too big for any harbour

21 May 2022 9:00 am

The biggest cruise ship yet builthas just been launched, but in like-for-like terms, it comes nowhere near the Syracusia,built c.…

Sanction Gerhard Schröder

21 May 2022 9:00 am

From the start of the war in Ukraine, the democratic world has shown striking unity in the economic boycott of…

Letters: What happened to hymns in schools?

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Disarming by default Sir: Underpinning Rod Liddle’s amusing article on use of nuclear weapons last week is the reassurance provided…

The problem with Macron’s vision for Europe

14 May 2022 9:00 am

The Ukraine crisis has transformed international affairs, forcing countries the world over to rethink their alliances and interests. New patterns…

Portrait of the week: The Queen’s Speech, Sinn Fein surge and an £184m lottery win

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Home The Prince of Wales delivered the Queen’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament sitting on a throne next…

The fire and fury of America’s abortion debate

14 May 2022 9:00 am

I wonder at times how some of my fellow hacks in America get out of bed in the morning. The…

Putin’s emperor complex

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Did Vladimir Putin ever use his infamous ‘historical’ account of Russia-Ukraine relations to consider how Ukrainians might react to his…

How hard is it to see an NHS dentist?

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Biergate Sir Keir Starmer was facing the scandal of ‘beergate’. Biergate is a lane in the Lincolnshire village of Grainthorpe.…

Can anything save Boris Johnson?

7 May 2022 9:00 am

As Boris Johnson faced the possibility of a no-confidence motion earlier this year, a large number of Tory MPs decided…

Who’s heard of Lorraine Kelly?

7 May 2022 9:00 am

The right to buy The Prime Minister floated the idea of granting housing association tenants a blanket right to buy.…

It takes courage to be vulnerable like me

7 May 2022 9:00 am

It has been wonderful to welcome seven refugees – and their four dogs – to my home in Suffolk. I’ve…

Letters: an artist’s work shouldn’t be judged by how he leads his life

7 May 2022 9:00 am

Wrong is right Sir: Having spent most of my working life in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), I never pass up an…

Portrait of the Week: pornography, ‘sulky livers’ and abortion

7 May 2022 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, announced £300 million more in military aid for Ukraine. Speaking by video to the…

What Angela Rayner could learn from Hera

7 May 2022 9:00 am

Whatever one thinks of her politics, Angela Rayner is clearly a pretty sporting party, and the joke she made about…

Brexit’s potential is beginning to be realised

30 April 2022 9:00 am

The purpose of Brexit was to strengthen Britain’s ties with both the world beyond Europe and with Europe itself, but…

What makes a ‘just’ war?

30 April 2022 9:00 am

What is a just war? Those who, from St Augustine onwards, have debated the question usually begin with Cicero, the…

How controversial was Basic Instinct?

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Stone me Boris Johnson threatened to unleash the ‘terrors of the Earth’ on an unidentified Tory MP who claimed that…

Letters: Workshy Whitehall has its benefits

30 April 2022 9:00 am

In check Sir: Jade McGlynn (‘Conflict of opinion’, 23 April) has a point that there are many reasons for popular…

Portrait of the week: Twitter takeover, late nights for pubs and a row over leg-crossing

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Home Ben Wallace, the Defence Secretary, said Britain assessed that 15,000 Russians had been killed in the war against Ukraine…

How can James Bond survive?

30 April 2022 9:00 am

I have just got back from Cannes, where I was the president of a jury, judging TV dramas. I’ve never…

Letters: The hard truth about soft power

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Soft ground Sir: We have heard much over the years from the overseas aid lobby about the value of soft…