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After Omicron: there’s no longer a case for restrictions on liberty

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Covid-19 is in decline in Britain, with Omicron cases now falling as fast as they rose. The booster programme —…

Now Boris must make another admission: lockdown was a mistake

15 January 2022 9:00 am

On 20 May 2020, the Metropolitan Police issued a statement on social media which summed up the conditions in the…

Counting the costs

8 January 2022 9:00 am

Two and a half years into his premiership, Boris Johnson has enjoyed no more than a month of that time…

It's not too late for Boris Johnson

18 December 2021 9:00 am

It is two years since Boris Johnson achieved one of the most remarkable election victories in modern history. The large…

Boris’s Covid rules are coming back to bite him

11 December 2021 9:00 am

In normal circumstances, no one would care if staff in No. 10 held a Christmas party. But last year, Boris…

The army can’t be deployed for every crisis

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Last week, the government published its blueprint for how it intends to remodel the army. According to the plan, it…

The true cost of Boris

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Earlier this week, the Conservative party sent an appeal to its registered supporters asking them to become members. ‘We’re delivering…

Emad Al Swealmeen should not have been in Britain

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Emad Al Swealmeen, who blew himself up in a taxi outside the Liverpool Women’s Hospital, is not believed to have…

The power of remembering

13 November 2021 9:00 am

On the advice of doctors, Queen Elizabeth II will not attend this year’s Festival of Remembrance at the Albert Hall.…

The flaw in Britain’s net-zero plan

6 November 2021 9:00 am

The COP26 summit is unlikely to be an outright flop. There has been no shortage of drama, with speakers seeming…

Rishi Sunak’s change of direction

30 October 2021 9:00 am

The Conservative party has always sold itself to voters as the party of low taxation, but it has now pushed…

The government’s net zero strategy doesn’t add up

23 October 2021 9:00 am

The commitment to reach ‘net zero’ emissions by 2050 is the most expensive government proposal in modern history. Yet it…

What will history have to say about lockdowns?

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Coronavirus may have fallen out of the news cycle but the threat of the virus has certainly not passed. Britain…

The real issues facing trans people aren’t pronouns

9 October 2021 9:00 am

It’s a strange reflection of our times that with so much else at stake, the leaders of both main parties…

In blockbuster Britain, the BBC is being left behind

2 October 2021 9:00 am

There’s a great revival under way in the British TV and film industry, but it’s not the BBC that’s behind…

How the Tories have fuelled Britain’s energy crisis

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Britain is caught in an energy crisis of the government’s own making. It is true that gas prices have spiked…

The case for an asylum amnesty

18 September 2021 9:00 am

Many feared mass unemployment as a fallout from Covid-19. Instead, we have ended up with the opposite problem: a labour…

The emergency is over. Now the government must relinquish its emergency powers

11 September 2021 9:00 am

For 18 months, the government has held power over us as never before in peacetime. The emergency powers granted by…

It’s time for NHS GPs to stop hiding behind their telephones

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Nye Bevan famously said that he was only able to persuade family doctors to support the creation of the NHS…

Freedom to protest is not freedom to cause chaos

28 August 2021 9:00 am

The concept of normality has been so disrupted over the past 18 months that the Extinction Rebellion protests — usually…

It’s time to end furlough – and let the British economy recover

21 August 2021 9:00 am

At the start of this year, Britain looked as if it would be the first major country to vaccinate its…

Working from home is a decision for businesses, not government

14 August 2021 9:00 am

After seizing so much power during the pandemic, Boris Johnson’s government is having trouble working out where its remit now…

Why is the mild West afraid to promote its democratic values?

7 August 2021 9:00 am

An athlete seeking sanctuary in a foreign embassy after a state–sponsored attempt to spirit her home from the Olympics; a…

Why a return to a free and open world is vital

31 July 2021 9:00 am

There is something bizarre about a sporting event designed to bring people and nations together but from which spectators have…

Boris is in danger of becoming the Prime Minister he once warned against

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Back when Boris Johnson was on a mission to stop identity cards being used in Britain, he made a very…