The Week

Letters: Why net zero is impossible

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Carbon deceit Sir: At this week’s climate change conference, countries will be urged to follow the UK’s ‘lead’ in setting…

From the archive: the nature of Japan

6 November 2021 9:00 am

From ‘The rule of taste’, Anthony Thwaite, 6 March 1959: The society of aristocrats, connoisseurs, wise men and heroes which…

Would the ancient Greeks have agreed that children are born evil?

6 November 2021 9:00 am

The ‘social mobility tsar’ Katharine Birbalsingh has suggested that children, born evil, ‘need to be taught right from wrong and…

Are there more over-seventies or twenty-somethings behind the wheel?

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Another minute Addressing COP26 in Glasgow, the Prime Minister claimed it was ‘one minute to midnight’ in the fight against…

Why I didn’t get a hug at COP26

6 November 2021 9:00 am

COP26 is not your typical power summit, because world leaders, NGOs and hacks are all in the same scrum. Outside…

Portrait of the week: Fishing friction, Greta’s singalong and terror in Tokyo

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, told delegates to the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework…

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…

Letters: The contentious issues of religious conversion

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Hard to reconcile Sir: Although not an Anglican, I appreciate Michael Nazir-Ali’s dilemma (‘A change of mind and heart’, 23…

Portrait of the week: Queen stays home, Boris rubbishes recycling and pay freeze thaws

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Home The Queen will not attend the COP26 meeting in Glasgow next week; she had resumed light duties after having…

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…

My night of nostalgia with Boris and co.

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Rishi Sunak had a pre-game Twix and a Sprite to prepare for this week’s impressive Budget. I used to have…

The Globe, Plato and the corrupting force of art

30 October 2021 9:00 am

The Globe theatre’s project to ‘decolonise’ Shakespeare, as if that would make plays like The Tempest ‘acceptable’ to them and…

What’s more expensive – petrol or fizzy drinks?

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Filming fatalities The actor Alec Baldwin accidentally shot a cinematographer on set when mistakenly given a gun loaded with real…

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…

Letters: How to feed the world

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Doom and gloom Sir: The depressing article by Tom Woodman (‘You must be kidding’, 16 October) confirms my growing fears…

Why won’t the US media talk about trans issues?

23 October 2021 9:00 am

The wonderful thing about woke narratives is that you only have to wait a while until they collapse. The core…

What are the Queen’s favourite tipples?

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Drinks at the palace The Queen was reported to have given up regular drinking. What do we know about her…

Twitter has taken the place of the ancient curse-tablet

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Twitter and other easily accessible means of online communication have encouraged the public to believe that Their Voice Will Be…

Portrait of the week

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Home Sir David Amess, aged 69, the Conservative MP for Southend West, was stabbed to death while taking a constituency…

Portrait of the week: power failures, toy shortages and Boris’s Marbella mountain villa

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Home In an extraordinary wrangle between government departments, the Treasury accused Kwasi Kwarteng, the Business Secretary, of ‘making things up’…

In praise of Irn Bru

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Gasbags Sir: Seb Kennedy tells us that, like Covid, our looming energy crisis came from China (‘Power grab’, 9 October).…

Aristotle’s account of hatred perfectly fits Sussex University students

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Professor Kathleen Stock of Sussex University is accused by a group of students of being transphobic and a danger to…

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…

In defence of King George III

16 October 2021 9:00 am

I’m on a book tour which involves 65 speeches in 60 days in Britain, Washington, Philadelphia, Virginia, Mexico, California and…

Are people still wearing masks?

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Wrong place, wrong time The name of the village of Nelson, north of Cardiff, was described as ‘problematic’ in an…