Annabel Denham

The nanny state is making us poorer

3 May 2022 8:55 pm

As household budgets face their worst squeeze for decades, one wonders whether the public health establishment feels any remorse for their…

Why are councils blocking homes for Ukrainian refugees?

12 April 2022 8:44 pm

Over the course of three days in September 1939, 1.5 million evacuees were sent to rural locations across Britain considered…

Stop attacking billionaires

29 March 2022 11:05 pm

The $5.79 trillion budget plan Joe Biden submitted to Congress yesterday was more notable for what it didn’t include, rather…

Does anyone still believe in low taxes?

23 March 2022 1:25 am

Speculation over which taxes the Chancellor will slash or, more likely, hike at tomorrow’s spring statement seems to have settled…

Can Britain afford to spend more on defence?

15 March 2022 11:02 pm

With rumours swirling that the Ministry of Defence will see its budget boosted in next week’s spring statement it’s hard…

The problem with International Women’s Day

8 March 2022 9:16 pm

Am I the only one wondering how long it’ll be before the organisers of International Women’s Day are forced to…

How much did the Covid crisis cost?

24 February 2022 1:20 am

The true cost of Covid cannot be quantified only in death rates or GDP figures. Though it could have been…

It’s time for Rishi Sunak to become a low-tax Tory

15 February 2022 10:55 pm

This week marks two years since Rishi Sunak was thrust from relative obscurity into the political spotlight as Chancellor of…

The cost of online safety

8 February 2022 10:55 pm

Few people in Britain will have heard of the draft Online Safety Bill. Fewer still will oppose it. Protecting children…

Is Boris really serious about Brexit?

1 February 2022 11:55 pm

As the partygate furore rages on, Boris Johnson is retreating towards familiar territory: Brexit. A policy blitz is underway this…

How to fix the BBC licence fee

19 January 2022 12:00 am

Nadine Dorries came out fighting over the weekend to declare it was time to discuss new ways to fund and…

How well is Brexit going?

5 January 2022 12:00 am

Twelve months after a comprehensive trade deal was signed with the EU, where are we now? How has the UK…

Should businesses receive more Covid support?

22 December 2021 12:53 am

As government considers whether to lock us down once again, should it put economic support for businesses affected back on…

Punishing the unvaccinated threatens everyone's liberty

9 December 2021 6:00 pm

How should we treat the unvaccinated? Should we stop them from participating in normal life? Castigate them in the media?…

The economic impact of the latest Covid restrictions

30 November 2021 10:00 pm

We don’t yet know whether the Omicron variant will drastically accelerate the spread of coronavirus, or whether it will circumvent…

The confusion at the heart of social care

25 November 2021 3:45 pm

Boris Johnson’s majority plunged to just 26 last night, following a rebellion over controversial changes to social care plans. Means-tested,…

Boris Johnson should trust the market to solve climate change

24 October 2021 12:10 pm

In a 368-page document published this week, the government announced its strategy to cut emissions to net zero by 2050…

Why is British Airways banning ‘ladies and gentlemen’?

14 October 2021 3:00 am

British Airways is dropping ‘ladies and gentlemen’ from its announcements. In the name of diversity and inclusion, the airline has…

The misguided experiment of British childcare

14 September 2021 11:35 pm

Everybody agrees that childcare in Britain is an unholy mess. According to a new study, tens of thousands of parents…

On child vaccination, parents should have the choice

1 September 2021 7:52 am

On Saturday, the Health Secretary made his most bullish comments on child vaccination so far. Writing in the Times, Sajid Javid argued that…

Should Boris pay people to take the jab?

4 August 2021 3:44 pm

The steady stream of mixed messages coming from government ministers have been one of the few constants during the pandemic. Boris…

Covid has revealed the limits of the big state

28 July 2021 1:57 pm

When Rishi Sunak turned on the spending taps last March, a triumphant Jeremy Corbyn said he had been proved ‘right’.…

The problem with polling

22 July 2021 8:10 am

If you did an opinion poll about opinion polls, chances are most people would recognise the limitations of market research,…

Will Italy's Euro win lead to a baby boom?

14 July 2021 8:17 am

Could Italy’s triumph on Sunday result not just in a trophy for the azzuri, but a baby boom for a…

The economic case for ditching mask mandates

6 July 2021 8:04 pm

After many months of hardship and sacrifice, freedom is finally within grasp. Boris Johnson has reclaimed his buccaneering, libertarian spirit…