Britain

James Bond and the Beatles herald a new Britain

11 September 2021 9:00 am

The word ‘magisterial’ consistently attaches itself to the work of David Kynaston. His eye-wateringly exhaustive four-volume history of the Old…

Where is our anger about Afghanistan?

14 August 2021 10:46 am

This is an age of anger. Social media amplifies rage and exaggerates polarisation. Twitter isn’t Britain, but too many people…

Whitehall’s Covid gloom could harm our economic recovery

28 July 2021 7:52 am

As the government continues to put forward an extremely cautiousnarrative about re-opening, more evidence emerged today that the economy issurging…

The EU's Brexit bill doesn't add up

16 July 2021 9:16 pm

A dozen hospitals. A hundred million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and a lot more of the Oxford one. Or…

The real reason Putin targeted HMS Defender

24 June 2021 3:57 pm

When military personnel talk of ‘theatres’ they mean a zone of conflict. Moscow seems to take the term increasingly literally,…

France’s Covid stoicism has put Britain to shame

9 June 2021 8:51 pm

I feel like a teenager again. Tonight I’m allowed out until 11pm. What’s more, I’m permitted to go inside my…

Brexit Britain can capitalise on the breakdown in EU-Swiss talks

31 May 2021 10:57 pm

It is a leading player in finance, and it’s companies are giants in life sciences and consumer goods. There were…

The EU needs to stop playing politics with law

17 April 2021 8:50 am

The Lugano convention – part of a tapestry of complicated international law agreements ensuring the courts of one country recognise…

In praise of David Lammy, a true Englishman

30 March 2021 3:02 am

David Lammy, the shadow justice secretary, has been doing his LBC radio phone-in show. If you believe LBC, he has…

Greece and Britain’s long history of fighting autocracy

26 March 2021 3:28 am

As I write, it is mid-morning in Athens and fighter jets are roaring overhead. My windows rattle, the sky splinters,…

The census is the latest Brexit battleground

17 March 2021 5:30 pm

The end of the Brexit wars have left some Remainers feeling redundant. A few are now turning their attention to a new…

Von der Leyen has learnt nothing from the EU's vaccine fiasco

11 February 2021 12:58 am

As non-apology apologies go, it was right up there with the best of them. Speaking to MEPs today, the president…

Europe’s slow vaccine approval is testing Germany’s patience

16 December 2020 11:56 pm

The Bundestag can’t be an easy place to be a politician right now. At the start of the pandemic, Germany…

China has taken control of Hong Kong's legislature

12 November 2020 2:37 am

Hong Kong’s legislature has today moved one step closer to becoming a local branch of the Chinese Communist Party, after…

Monkeys, bats and our national trust

11 April 2020 9:00 am

There was always one key flaw in our species. Which is that someone always shags a monkey. I have expressed…

Bigamists, lunatics and adventurers: the raucous world of 19th century British music

21 March 2020 9:00 am

The world of 19th-century British music was raucous, but are there any masterpieces waiting to be rediscovered? wonders Richard Bratby

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Brexit means Boris

24 May 2019 9:45 pm

A few months before he died in 2007, the famous journalist Bill Deedes asked if I would come to see…

Anger? Yes. But in another country, leaving the EU would mean bloodshed

24 November 2018 9:00 am

Did any of us, whatever our opinions, expect the level of blustering indignation that has emerged since the 2016 referendum?…

Why local radio is thriving

18 November 2017 9:00 am

It’s 50 years since the first local radio stations were launched by the BBC in yet another instance of the…

Our big fat problem

7 September 2017 1:00 pm

The good news is that Theresa May has dropped the threat to withdraw universal free school meals. Thank God (and…

France is now the sick man of Europe

4 June 2016 9:00 am

It is a long time since the term ‘sick man of Europe’ could be applied to Britain. France is now…

Cameron's sinister purge of the posh

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Should employees be judged by their parents’ income?

Britain really is ceasing to be a Christian country

28 May 2016 9:00 am

A landmark in national life has just been passed. For the first time in recorded history, those declaring themselves to…

Inside the Tories' EU dogfight

27 February 2016 9:00 am

The Brexit campaign has only just started to demonstrate its strength

Through a lens darkly: from the series ‘New Brighton’ , ‘The Last Resort’, 1985

‘I enjoy the banal’: Stephen Bayley meets Martin Parr

27 February 2016 9:00 am

The photographer Martin Parr claims to like ordinary people, but are his pictures celebratory or mocking, asks Stephen Bayley