The Week

Kirsty Wark’s diary: On the Caledonian sleeper, the new Donna Tartt, and a week of Edinburgh shows

24 August 2013 9:00 am

There isn’t a Scottish politician in living memory who hasn’t been on the Caledonian Sleeper. I always imagined Donald Dewar…

Ancient and modern: Modern Egypt vs ancient Athens

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Whatever problems Greeks and Romans faced, a politicised priesthood was not one of them. They might have made three observations…

The FA's 99.6pc conviction rate, and other weird facts

24 August 2013 9:00 am

We will remember them A German diplomat called on Britain to commemorate but not celebrate the centenary of the Great…

Letters: GPs reply to J. Merion Thomas

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Some doctors write Sir: Professor Meirion Thomas (‘Dangerous medicine’, 17 August) may be an excellent surgeon but he is uninformed…

This is no way to run a railway

17 August 2013 9:00 am

We would not want to return to the days when the transport secretary was actively engaged in the running of…

Portrait of the week

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Home The population of the United Kingdom rose by 420,000, to 63.7 million, by the middle of last year, with…

Kirstie Allsopp’s diary: Why I’m terrified of Woman’s Hour

17 August 2013 9:00 am

If you haven’t scuffled you haven’t lived, and our local scuffle is the best of the best. A scuffle is…

Lucretius vs Richard Dawkins

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Richard Dawkins has been confusing his categories again, comparing Trinity College, Cambridge, with Islam. His attack on religion does precisely…

Barometer

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Ward ceremony There have been 29 health secretaries since 1948. How many have wards that — though not necessarily named…

Letters: James Whitaker’s widow answers Toby Young

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Absent friends Sir: Alec Marsh (‘Welcome to Big Venice’, 10 August) accurately observes that Londoners are priced out of central…

Causes and effects

10 August 2013 9:00 am

When spending money is declared to be a good in itself, it is certain that much of it will be…

Portrait of the week

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Home Retail sales enjoyed their fastest July growth in seven years, thanks to demand for beer, sun cream, swimwear and…

Roger Scruton’s diary: Finding Scrutopia in the Czech Republic

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Hay-making was easy this year, and over in good time for a holiday. I am opposed to holidays, having worked…

Epictetus on Twitter

10 August 2013 9:00 am

One definition of addiction is repetition of a behaviour despite adverse consequences. Twitter users will know all about it, especially…

Barometer: Spain’s own version of Gibraltar

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Other people’s rocks Spain threatened to introduce a €40 border-crossing charge and find other ways of making life difficult for…

Letters: David Gower defends bats

10 August 2013 9:00 am

In defence of bats Sir: I am saddened by the ‘us versus them’ stance taken by Melissa Kite (‘Bats vs…

The only way the Tories can show they care about the North is to permit fracking in Sussex

3 August 2013 9:00 am

David Howell never really succeeded as energy and then transport secretary in Mrs Thatcher’s governments. After she sacked him in…

Conrad Black’s farewell to the British press

3 August 2013 9:00 am

The astonishing level of enthusiasm over the birth of the new prince goes far beyond the pleasure that people naturally…

Letters: How IQ is handed down

3 August 2013 9:00 am

IQ and social mobility Sir: It seems not to have occurred to our leaders that ability is not evenly distributed…

Ancient and modern: Herodotus on 111

3 August 2013 9:00 am

The NHS 111 line, designed to deal with problems that do not count as emergencies, is in financial and organisational…

Barometer

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Art by the seaside The Kent seaside resort of Herne Bay staged the parade of a urinal through the town…

Portrait of the week

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Home Barclays decided to issue £5.8 billion in shares to meet capital reserve requirements from the Bank of England. Lord…

Google is part of the free press. So hands off, Prime Minister

27 July 2013 9:00 am

It is not quite clear what Google did to David Cameron, but the Prime Minister seems to be exacting some…

Portrait of the week

27 July 2013 9:00 am

Home The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a boy, weighing 8lb 6oz, an heir to the crown, third in…

Douglas Murray’s diary: My gay wedding dance-off with Julie Burchill

27 July 2013 9:00 am

The pilot refuses to get going until everyone is seated and quiet. When we take off there are raucous cheers.…