The Week

The French election should be a warning for Boris

16 April 2022 9:00 am

In just over a week’s time, Emmanuel Macron will most likely win a second term. He has the opponent he…

To survive, Boris Johnson must do more than pose as a war leader

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Attending an impromptu birthday party in the office is not the most heinous of crimes, and of course Britain’s fixation…

How do we celebrate Easter in the shadow of war?

16 April 2022 9:00 am

This week has been Passiontide, which means lots of wonderful plainsong in the choir of Canterbury Cathedral as my predecessors…

Letters: The Scottish government must be held to account

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Backward devolution Sir: Thanks for once again highlighting the many issues with government in Scotland (‘Sturgeon’s secret state’, 9 April).…

Portrait of the week: Boris in Kyiv, Rishi in hot water and crystal meth in a cereal packet

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, travelled to Kyiv in secret and joined President Volodymyr Zelensky for the cameras in…

The rise and fall of the Tsarist legal system

16 April 2022 9:00 am

St. Petersburg University in Russia is (desperately?) inviting scholars worldwide to a conference in September celebrating Mikhail Speransky. It was…

Portrait of the week: Covid fines, cancelled flights and sunflower oil shortages

9 April 2022 9:00 am

Home Jonathan Reynolds, Labour’s business spokesman, said that the government should be preparing for energy rationing, but Grant Shapps, the…

What happened to Tory radicalism?

9 April 2022 9:00 am

Whatever advantages money may have brought Rishi Sunak as he rose to become Chancellor of the Exchequer, his wealth has…

The Russians aren’t the first to rewrite history

9 April 2022 9:00 am

Historians in Russia have a long and craven record, now going back centuries, of being economical with the truth about…

Which foods are seeing the biggest price rises?

9 April 2022 9:00 am

Palm substitutes Palm Sunday was so-called because of the palm fronds thrown before Jesus on his entry into Jerusalem. But…

Putin’s war is a disaster for Russia

9 April 2022 9:00 am

  Strasbourg Europhobes will never have a better argument against European integration than the seat of the European parliament in…

Letters: The revelation that could force Boris to resign

9 April 2022 9:00 am

The lie’s the thing Sir: Your leading article (‘Partygate’s hangover’, 2 April) maintains that if the Prime Minister receives a…

Oscars diary: a jaw-dropping night

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Oscar week is intense – and it’s been a while since it’s been as intense. The red carpet is full…

Letters: To achieve net zero, we need to go nuclear

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Nuclear future Sir: It is refreshing to see Martin Vander Weyer note that, properly and fully costed, nuclear power is…

Portrait of the week: Partygate penalties, Oscars drama and Dairy Milk shrinks

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Home Twenty fixed-penalty fines were issued after the police inquiry into Downing Street parties that broke Covid rules, but the…

Could today’s Hollywood stars have made it in ancient Greece?

2 April 2022 9:00 am

The Oscar frenzy spent, it is worth reflecting on how easy writers and actors have it these days. The ancient…

How much of a litre of fuel is now tax?

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Common knowledge Tensions in the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Jamaica led some to speculate that…

Boris Johnson and the partygate hangover

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Afew weeks ago it seemed that the issue of Downing Street parties over lockdown had been usurped by a more…

Patriarch Kirill, Archbishop Ambrose and a lesson for Putin

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Patriarch Kirill is Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus’ and Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church; and one of his…

Letters: We’re all still paying for the financial crash

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Don’t blame the banks? Sir: Kate Andrews struggles to disentangle the causes of the developing cost-of-living crisis (‘Cold truth’, 19…

Portrait of the week: Spring statement, weapons for Ukraine and no more free-range eggs

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Home Britain had provided Ukraine with more than 4,000 Next Generation Light Anti-tank Weapons, the Ministry of Defence said. Shell…

Which countries have ditched daylight savings time?

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Time for a change A bill before the US Senate would abolish daylight saving time. Some countries which have previously…

Why I drove a lorry to Poland

26 March 2022 9:00 am

‘Why the hell did you hire a lorry without a spare tyre?’ asked Rizvana. Fair question. Luckily we had just…

The return of fiscal conservatism

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Next month, Rishi Sunak will break a Tory manifesto pledge by increasing National Insurance as the tax burden heads to…

The soft censorship of the Online Harms Bill

19 March 2022 9:00 am

The arrest of a reporter who held up a poster during a Russian news broadcast criticising the war in Ukraine…