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China’s increasingly authoritarian Covid pass

21 June 2022 10:30 pm

A Chinese health app, developed to enforce the Communist party’s draconian Covid-19 restrictions, is being repurposed to tighten political control…

Could Lithuania be Putin's next target?

21 June 2022 10:05 pm

When Russian troops started ‘military exercises’ on Ukraine’s borders, those of us living in Kyiv had grounds to worry. Putin…

Emmanuel Macron's future looks bleak

21 June 2022 10:00 pm

The single headline across the front page of the centre-left daily Libération said it all: ‘La Gifle’. But much more…

Boris versus the unions

21 June 2022 8:28 pm

In politics, a leader sometimes needs to be ruthless and mean, patiently soak up the public opprobrium directed his way…

Boris Johnson’s strike gamble

21 June 2022 6:50 pm

It’s day one of the RMT’s planned strike action after last-minute talks between train operators and Network Rail failed. The…

Israel’s politics is collapsing

21 June 2022 6:40 pm

Here we go again. On Monday, Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Prime Minister, announced that he would bring a bill to dissolve…

How Boris can defeat the railway strikers

21 June 2022 6:39 pm

Today, the RMT will succeed where the Luddites failed. For 24 hours, they will unwind the most impressive part of…

Millions more blown on parliamentary pantomime

21 June 2022 6:00 pm

Whether it’s crumbling rooftiles, weekly fire alarms being activated or bacteria in the water supplies, the creaking Palace of Westminster…

Are rail strikes the start of a summer of discontent?

21 June 2022 5:50 pm

This morning, the UK woke up to the largest rail strike in thirty years. As many as 50,000 workers are…

Is Britain heading into a wage-price spiral?

21 June 2022 5:00 pm

Are wages about to spiral out of control? Boris Johnson certainly thinks there’s a risk. Last week he warned that…

Tories beat inflation with glitzy ball

21 June 2022 3:39 pm

The cost-of-living crisis might be gripping the country but there was no sign of that at the Tories’ summer party…

Kamala Harris’s zombie disinformation board

21 June 2022 3:30 am

After giving up on the border crisis and Ukraine, Kamala Harris seems to have found an issue much more her…

There is no transgender debate

21 June 2022 1:20 am

Anyone still talking about ‘two sides in the transgender debate’ needs to look at the footage from Bristol yesterday. Actually,…

Why won't David Beckham criticise Qatar?

20 June 2022 10:49 pm

David Beckham has come under fire for failing to speak out about human rights abuses in Qatar. Amnesty International said…

How Meghan Markle can shake off the bullying allegations

20 June 2022 8:29 pm

She must be fit to be tied, the Duchess of Sussex. I know I would be. It was reported yesterday…

How Marine Le Pen silenced her critics

20 June 2022 6:50 pm

‘Stillborn’ is how Le Figaro describes Emmanuel Macron’s presidency after his Renaissance party failed to win an absolute majority in…

Marine Le Pen is the big winner in France's anti-Macron election

20 June 2022 5:28 pm

Emmanuel Macron has lost his absolute majority. The surprise winner was Marine Le Pen and her party, Rassemblement National, while…

Macron's nightmare is complete

20 June 2022 5:09 pm

French president Emmanuel Macron has been humiliated by voters, weeks after being re-elected by an unenthusiastic electorate. The hyper-president with…

Biden’s energy hypocrisy

20 June 2022 4:54 am

Joe Biden promised on the campaign trail in 2020 that he would “transition away from the oil industry,” convert to…

NYT finally tackles gender therapy

20 June 2022 12:21 am

Cockburn started his Sunday by spitting Darjeeling all over the pages of the New York Times magazine. The cause of…

Parenting matters. It's about time we were brave enough to say so

19 June 2022 7:04 pm

The Duchess of Cambridge has been out and about hosting roundtables with very important people, discussing what can be done…

Why Canada can’t put terrorists in jail for life

19 June 2022 7:00 pm

On 29 January 2017, Alexandre Bissonnette had breakfast, browsed the internet, had dinner with his parents, went to a mosque…

Why the Bible still matters

19 June 2022 6:35 pm

If you look to our schools and universities, you will not see a serious engagement with the Bible as part…

Is there a British version of America’s attachment to guns?

19 June 2022 6:00 pm

Now that the horror of the Uvalde school shooting in Texas has begun to ebb away, as it always does,…

Georgia’s unrequited love affair with Brussels is turning sour

19 June 2022 5:00 pm

The streets of Tbilisi were closed off just a few weeks ago for Independence Day, celebrating the day Georgia formally…