Jake Wallis Simons

The police can’t be trusted to track our e-bikes

15 September 2023 5:21 pm

In more innocent times, I’d have responded to the news that police wished to fit tracking devices to electric bicycles…

Banning Iran’s IRGC makes more sense than cracking down on Wagner

6 September 2023 9:37 pm

Is the Wagner Group a terror threat to Britain? Until this morning, the thought had probably never occurred to most…

Why Iranians don’t hate Israel

1 September 2023 10:03 pm

One is an oppressive regime that guns down its own people, promotes a radical Islamist theology and hangs gay people…

What Jeremy Vine gets wrong about cyclists

28 August 2023 11:05 pm

I can’t believe we need to say this, but here goes: Motorists should not pull over to allow cyclists to…

Yes, Bradley Cooper’s fake nose is anti-Semitic

17 August 2023 7:30 pm

Bradley Cooper is not anti-Semitic. If he was, he’d surely have let it slip by now; as Mel Gibson proved…

A Saudi-Israel peace deal would be a game-changer

2 August 2023 10:34 pm

It emerged this week that the head of the Mossad, David Barnea, slipped quietly over to Washington in July to…

Not all cyclists support Sunak’s war on traffic control

31 July 2023 10:22 pm

My fiancée wants to put a sign up outside our house demanding that the speed limit be reduced to 20mph.…

Netanyahu’s judicial reforms are not the end of Israeli democracy

27 July 2023 8:19 pm

Watching Israel tear itself apart this week has been like seeing your best friend embarrass himself at a party. The…

The Coutts scandal shows the trouble with going cashless

20 July 2023 7:00 pm

The outrage over the cancelling of Nigel Farage’s bank account has uncovered the lengths to which elements of the British…

Children need to fight back against political indoctrination

18 July 2023 12:13 am

There’s something troubling happening in our schools. In art class, my children have been instructed to make Black Lives Matter…

We don’t need bike vigilantes – cyclists already own the roads

16 July 2023 5:59 pm

Last week, Jeremy Vine shared a video of a motorist being abusive to a cyclist. Nothing new there, I hear…

Don’t condemn Israel for defending itself

5 July 2023 1:31 am

Car-rammings, shootings, stabbings and bombings targeting innocent men, women and children are a constant fear for Israelis. This morning, seven…

Italy’s crackdown on cyclists is a step too far

10 June 2023 7:12 pm

What are the politics of your bicycle? An interesting question. I’d like to say that mine is an expression of…

What’s the point of tilting the statue of Vienna’s antisemitic mayor?

6 June 2023 7:05 pm

Tilting a statue. That’s the solution now. At least, that’s what a jury appointed by Vienna city council has recommended…

Snapchat is playing God with our children’s wellbeing

1 May 2023 8:23 pm

My kids have a new friend. If you have teenagers, chances are yours do, too. And it is a friend…

Why the Covid cycling boom isn’t over yet

29 April 2023 5:10 pm

Social distancing. Test and trace. Face-masks (what was wrong with just ‘masks’? Nobody could ever tell me). Clapping. Substantial meals.…

It’s no surprise the pandemic boom in cycling is over

20 March 2023 9:28 pm

In modern society, we live with a conundrum: there’s no need to endure physical discomfort of any kind, but unless…

The case against school uniform

17 March 2023 10:43 pm

On a normal morning in Winchester, the streets are crowded with sullen teenagers mooching in sleepy phalanxes to school, scruffy…

We must remember the unique atrocity of the Holocaust

27 January 2023 5:00 pm

At the heart of marking the Holocaust lies a conundrum. On the one hand, genocides happen all over the world,…

Harry, Meghan and the troubling erasure of Christmas

19 December 2022 7:30 pm

H and M – no, the other brand – are causing trouble again. ‘Sussexes send out Happy Woke-mas card to…

The troubling rise of the Israeli far-right

16 November 2022 5:00 pm

Something troubling has happened in Israel. The previous government, before it collapsed earlier this month, had been remarkable for its…

Channel 4's Hitler art show is no laughing matter

13 October 2022 11:44 pm

Can Channel 4 sink any lower? The TV channel has purchased a painting by Adolf Hitler so that a studio audience…

The bizarre story of the ‘Jewish Taliban’

3 October 2022 6:00 pm

One of the more bizarre stories to have hit the headlines in recent days was the unsuccessful attempt by police…

Sri Lanka's revolution looks doomed

13 July 2022 3:00 pm

Reporting from Sri Lanka over the years has left me with mixed memories. On the one hand, there’s the horror…

Could Ukraine learn from the Mossad Nazi hunters?

10 April 2022 6:00 pm

Since the start of the war, many comparisons have been drawn between Israel and Ukraine, not least by President Zelensky.…