American mania

24 June 2018 2:55 am

America’s current crisis over illegal immigration, family separations and border policies generally, have highlighted and exacerbated the nature of America’s…

The real carbon crisis

23 June 2018 3:06 pm

We’ve got a real carbon crisis, people. Associated Press explains: No beer at this time of year? A British trade…

Turning back boats may be the most humane response to the migrant crisis

23 June 2018 9:00 am

The photographs of children in cages at US migration centres, apparently separated from the parents with whom they illegally entered…

Portrait of the week: Theresa May unveils £20 billion in NHS spending

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, said that spending on NHS England would increase by £20 billion a year by…

Andrew Marr’s Diary: In praise of David Dimbleby

23 June 2018 9:00 am

At Chequers last week to interview the Prime Minister, I hear some sad news of Churchill’s mouse. The story goes…

Barometer: Trespassing, healthcare and David Dimbleby’s retirement

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Well oiled The government last week ordered a review into the medical use of cannabis. Some cannabis oil available on…

The ancients would have understood Trump’s chaotic leadership

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Peace with his enemy Kim Jong-un on the one hand, conflict with his European allies on the other: what sense…

Letters: Being treated as a ‘disabled writer’ would be an affront

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Song of myself Sir: As a disabled writer, I thoroughly despise the idea of being the beneficiary of a publisher’s…

The government’s pledge to increase NHS spending is disgusting

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Seen from almost any point of view, the government’s decision to increase spending on the NHS is disgusting. It is…

How the NHS cash bung is being hijacked by Remainers

23 June 2018 9:00 am

The cabinet’s trip to Chequers next month will be a tense affair. Things always are when Brexit is the only…

‘Virtual referees’ are turning the World Cup into a farce

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Flies, millions of them, vast swarms of them, spawned in the filthy Volga river: mutant flies, probably. Gathering in clouds…

How does anyone manage to navigate the maze of our second-rate NHS?

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Next month the National Health Service turns 70. The institution is greatly loved, and not for nothing. The fear of…

The myth and menace of cryptocurrencies

23 June 2018 9:00 am

‘So, Professor Shin, tell us what you really think about cryptocurrencies.’ I’m guessing that’s the brief the Bank for International…

The diversity trap

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Britain seems to be following America down a dangerous path. There’s your politician David Lammy accusing Oxford and Cambridge of…

A reply to my critics: Don’t fight racism with racism

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Dear 2016 WriteNow mentees, Thanks so much for your open letter to me. It seems only good manners for me…

The #MeToo movement could be the saviour of sex

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Sexual intercourse, Philip Larkin famously wrote, began in 1963. And listening to contemporary commentators, you’d think that it came to…

What does the British government know about Trump and Russia?

23 June 2018 9:00 am

 Washington, DC When the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu visited London in 1978, the British government did some serious sucking up.…

The bad science of cannabis oil

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Was there ever a more fatuous contribution to a political debate than Lord Hague following up the case of 12-year-old…

The joy of bird-listening

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Here’s a rum thing: you can tell the quality of a piece of land with your eyes closed. Your ears…

Big cities are all alike – it’s in New Jersey’s small towns that you feel like you’re really travelling

23 June 2018 9:00 am

When my American friends invited us to stay with them in New Jersey, my 13-year-old daughter was thrilled. She’d never…

The short step from good manners to lofty imperialism

23 June 2018 9:00 am

In the gap between what we feel ourselves to be and what we imagine we might in different circumstances become,…

How Steven Spurrier enraged the French — and was never forgiven

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Fine wine rarely makes it into the public consciousness, but one event in 1976 has proved of perennial interest: the…

From Don Quixote to My Struggle — a survey of the novel in 160 pages

23 June 2018 9:00 am

I wonder what your idea of a good novel is. Does it embody the attributes of solid plotting, characterisation and…

A Shout in the Ruins, by Kevin Powers, reviewed

23 June 2018 9:00 am

We’re in Virginia, in the 1850s. A girl called Emily is tormenting her dog, Champion, and her father’s teenage slave,…

Death-defying acts and the dark side of the circus

23 June 2018 9:00 am

In 2013 Tessa Fontaine joined up with the World of Wonders, a circus sideshow that travels around the United States…