The Week

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…

Why trees mattered to the ancients

11 September 2021 9:00 am

A ‘State of the World’ report warns that a third of the world’s wild tree species are threatened with extinction.…

Has it really got harder to see a GP in person?

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Floating vote Voters in St Petersburg were presented with three candidates all calling themselves Boris Vishnevsky, with two believed to…

Why I don’t stick to football

11 September 2021 9:00 am

In football, you are always stronger in numbers. With a shared focus, people from different cultures, nationalities, races, sexual orientations,…

Portrait of the week: Britain leaves Afghanistan, hurricane hits New Orleans and Gove goes clubbing

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Home Britain brought its last troops home from Afghanistan, having flown out more than 15,000 people since 14 August; but…

Letters: The agony of the forgotten Australians

4 September 2021 9:00 am

A glimmer of hope Sir: After the debacle of the West’s shambolic withdrawal from Afghanistan, it was comforting to read…

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…

Pet project: how many dogs and cats are there in Britain?

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Escape velocity The evacuation of Afghanistan was likened to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. What were the…

How the ancients showed their true colours

4 September 2021 9:00 am

In the 18th century, art historians’ admiration for the beauty of white-ish ancient Greek marble statuary led people to draw…

Is the USA still worth fighting for?

4 September 2021 9:00 am

I have no personal investment in America’s Afghanistan war. My own service in Vietnam, now a half-century in the past,…

Portrait of the week: the chaotic evacuation from Kabul

28 August 2021 9:00 am

Home At the virtual G7 emergency summit that he was chairing, Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, urged President Joe Biden…

Letters: the West has failed Afghanistan

28 August 2021 9:00 am

The blame game Sir: Like many who served in Afghanistan, I have watched with growing dismay the recent events unfolding…

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…

How would Jane Austin have fared at a book festival?

28 August 2021 9:00 am

I’ve been to two of my favourite book festivals recently, Chalke Valley History Festival and Charleston, and the experience has…

Is Brexit really to blame for the shortage of lorry drivers?

28 August 2021 9:00 am

Birth of the Paralympics While Athens can claim to be the home city of the Olympic Games, the Paralympics can…

The Romans would not have made the same mistakes in Afghanistan

28 August 2021 9:00 am

‘No one is stupid enough to choose war over peace. In peace sons bury their fathers; in war, fathers bury…

Letters: the problem with Net Zero

21 August 2021 9:00 am

Zero balance Sir: James Kirkup (‘In defence of net zero’, 14 August) highlights the falling cost of solar and wind…

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…

Even the Taliban are in shock: my week on the Kabul front line

21 August 2021 9:00 am

   Kabul I’ve been to the front line in Iraq, Syria and Libya and witnessed all kinds of crazy, unlikely…

Portrait of the week: the Taliban take Afghanistan

21 August 2021 9:00 am

Home Parliament was recalled after the rapid fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban. Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, returned from…

The ancient Athenians knew how to soak the rich

21 August 2021 9:00 am

Oxfam is arguing that if all billionaires forked out 99 per cent of their profits made during the Covid pandemic,…

Where did the Taliban come from?

21 August 2021 9:00 am

Student takeover Where did the Taliban come from? — The word ‘Taliban’ means simply ‘students’ in Pashtun. They were originally…

The timeless appeal of Latin

14 August 2021 9:00 am

The government’s promise to fund a pilot scheme promoting the teaching of Latin in secondary schools is music to the…

How many alpacas are there in Britain?

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Woolly thinking There were protests in Whitehall to save Geronimo, an alpaca due to be put down after testing positive…

Letters: Why aren’t Italians fighting for their liberty?

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Wage concern Sir: Martin Vander Weyer’s call for higher wages to end the shortage of British HGV drivers (‘Your country…