Leo McKinstry

It’s time to abolish Police and Crime Commissioners

2 May 2024 4:00 pm

When the idea of having Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) first arose it seemed so promising. These would be locally…

How sport helped shape the British character

2 December 2023 9:00 am

David Horspool connects different sports to our historical experience: cricket with class, golf with property rights, tennis with female emancipation and boxing with ethnicity

The self-delusion of ‘Bomber’ Harris

25 June 2023 2:10 am

The scene in the German port was like a vision of hell. As the incendiary bombs rained down on Hamburg…

How Elizabeth ensured the monarchy survived

11 September 2022 4:00 pm

Perhaps the most powerful tribute to Queen Elizabeth’s success is that, at the time of her death, republicanism remains a…

The troubling rise of ‘apostrophe laws’

16 July 2022 9:00 am

The problem with ‘apostrophe laws’

A short history of political violence

6 October 2021 5:00 pm

The ugly attack on Iain Duncan Smith by five protestors at the Tory conference in Manchester has been widely seen…

How corporations rebrand poverty

21 August 2021 9:00 am

How corporations rebrand poverty

Judge Ollie Robinson on his cricket skills, not his tweets

10 June 2021 8:13 am

Ollie Robinson, who made his Test debut for England at Lord’s last week against New Zealand, is an outstanding cricketer…

Is awarding medals to Bomber Command heroes a wise idea?

29 May 2021 3:30 pm

Will the heroic members of Bomber Command, who played such a vital role for Britain during the Second World War,…

Selling the family home to pay for care is not an injustice

15 May 2021 9:00 am

There’s nothing unjust about selling the family house to pay for care

The Fire Brigades Union’s pandemic response has been a disgrace

6 February 2021 9:00 am

The Fire Brigades Union’s pandemic response has been a disgrace

Don’t create more rules, Priti – just enforce them

12 September 2020 9:00 am

We don’t need more laws – just better policing

We won the Battle of Britain – just

4 July 2020 9:00 am

We won the Battle of Britain – just

Is Attlee really more worthy than Churchill?

21 June 2020 4:02 pm

As the toxic furore over statues continues, a number of left-wingers yearn to see the monument to Winston Churchill in…

They took a lot of flak: the lives of the Lancaster bombers

6 June 2020 9:00 am

Those of us who write occasionally about military aviation can only admire the compelling personal experience that John Nichol brings…

My Parkinson’s diagnosis has shown me how kind society really is

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

Having Parkinson’s has shown me a different side of society

Travel phobia is perfectly reasonable

30 June 2018 9:00 am

I have never been an adventurous soul. As an infant in Belfast, I would lie motionless for hours on the…

Why can’t firefighters double as paramedics?

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Our firefighters have less and less to do. So why shouldn’t they help overstretched ambulance services?

Unions vs workers – this is David Cameron’s chance to strike back

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Trade unions have ceased to serve working people. It’s time to act against them

The squeezed middle is a myth

16 August 2014 9:00 am

With soaring house prices and low interest rates, the middle classes are doing rather well. But you’d never think so to hear them

If homophobia is a problem for bobsled, why is it OK for cricket?

8 March 2014 9:00 am

If anti-gay laws make it wrong to ski in Russia, don’t they also make it wrong to play cricket in Bangladesh?