James Bartholomew

Indian weddings are more beautiful – and honest – than British ones

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Within an hour of our arrival, someone had tightly tied a turban around my head and I was told to…

Carney must go

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Oh dear. Mark Carney is irritated. His proud independence has been challenged. The Prime Minister had the temerity to admit…

Why the Spanish may be better off without a government

30 April 2016 9:00 am

On 26 October last year, the Spanish government shut up shop in preparation for a general election. This duly took…

Britain needs a museum of communist terror

5 March 2016 9:00 am

I went to Budapest last year and did the usual touristy things. I climbed up the hill to the fantasy…

No golf, no bridge, scared of champagne – it’s tough being a leftie

20 February 2016 9:00 am

At a party recently I started talking to a friendly, charming woman and we established early on that she was…

The one thing most people think they know about economics is wrong

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Some things are universally accepted as true. Water finds its own level; crumpets are best eaten in winter; and the…

Where’s all the joy gone?

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Have you seen Spectre, the latest Bond film? If not, the opening sequence is terrific. Lots of action and excitement.…

I invented ‘virtue signalling’. Now it’s taking over the world

10 October 2015 9:00 am

To my astonishment and delight, the phrase ‘virtue signalling’ has become part of the English language. I coined the phrase…

How British universities spread misery around the world

25 July 2015 9:00 am

So farewell, Yanis Varoufakis. You used to be Greece’s finance minister. Then you resigned, or were you sacked? You took…

The awful rise of 'virtue signalling'

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Go to a branch of Whole Foods, the American-owned grocery shop, and you will see huge posters advertising Whole Foods,…

James Bartholomew's diary: Give up the Today programme - you'll feel better

4 January 2014 9:00 am

It’s amusing to see serious journalists and authors struggling to use Twitter under instruction from their newspapers and publishers. They…