Nigel Jones

Germany is the West’s weakest link against Putin

4 March 2024 6:27 pm

Two massive security scandals this weekend have given a shot in the arm to Putin’s war on Ukraine. Yet again…

David Cameron and the long history of the posh Arabist

17 February 2024 5:30 pm

Anyone with a smattering of knowledge of Britain’s troubled history in the Middle East will be unsurprised by Lord Cameron’s…

King Charles’s openness about his health marks a change for the Royals

6 February 2024 8:04 pm

The great ages achieved by King Charles’ mother, the Queen (96), and maternal grandmother, the Queen mother (101), show that…

Why have Germany’s spies opened a file on their old chief?

2 February 2024 5:50 pm

It’s not often that an ex-spymaster is spied upon by his former colleagues. But just that has happened in Germany,…

What explains the rise of Austria’s Freedom Party?

29 January 2024 9:40 pm

We don’t hear much about Austrian politics in Britain, which is not perhaps surprising since the landlocked Central European republic…

Conrad Black adheres firmly to the ‘great man’ view of history

27 January 2024 9:00 am

The movers and shakers of Volume I of his projected history of the world are Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Hannibal rather than any socio-economic forces

The thankless life of a Post Office mistress

15 January 2024 11:13 pm

One of the fascinating aspects of the Horizon Post Office scandal is the way that the sub-post masters and mistresses…

When will Nigel Farage get off the fence?

5 January 2024 1:15 am

Nigel Farage’s indecision continues. Despite being hyped in advance as a major unveiling of the rebel party’s programme, Reform UK’s…

Why is Sunak snubbing the Greeks?

28 November 2023 10:42 pm

Whatever position people take on the long-running dispute over the ownership of the Elgin marbles, there can be little doubt…

Of course Richard III killed the Princes in the Tower

17 November 2023 9:11 pm

When archaeologists digging beneath a Leicester car park in 2012 uncovered the battered skeleton of King Richard III, it made…

Nigel Farage’s ‘I’m A Celebrity’ appearance could come back to haunt him

14 November 2023 6:51 pm

After days of speculation, Nigel Farage has finally confirmed that he has accepted ITV’s invitation to go into the jungle…

Looking on the bright side

7 October 2023 9:00 am

The Rochdale lass who sang her way from music hall to the silver screen encouraged a spirit of resilience and community in the interwar years, says Simon Heffer

Germany’s Ukraine tank blunder is embarrassing for Berlin

20 September 2023 8:54 pm

Ukraine is reported to have rejected a consignment of Germany’s Leopard 1 tanks – on the grounds that they are…

Biden and Trump are too old for office

14 September 2023 5:13 pm

Like the little boy who pointed out that the emperor was naked, veteran US politician Mitt Romney has just voiced…

Rishi Sunak’s crime crackdown is too little, too late

31 August 2023 4:45 pm

Conservative parties everywhere have traditionally been identified with maintaining law and order and cracking down on crime. As part of…

Is Putin outsourcing his espionage to Bulgaria?

16 August 2023 8:23 pm

Bulgaria is a country that doesn’t often feature on Britain’s radar – beyond being a location for cheap package holidays and…

Why can’t the AfD work out where it stands on Europe?

31 July 2023 8:00 pm

Members of Germany’s AfD (Alternative fur Deutschland) party gathered in the eastern city of Magdeburg this weekend. The party’s aim…

The shadow of the Valkyrie plot to kill Hitler still haunts Germany

20 July 2023 7:34 pm

Seventy-nine years ago today, 20 July 1944, Colonel Count Claus von Stauffenberg, a much-wounded young Wehrmacht officer, packed a briefcase…

Dutch government collapses following migration row

8 July 2023 4:00 pm

The growing continent-wide crisis caused by mass immigration into Europe has claimed another country with the collapse of the Dutch…

John Major has learned nothing over Brexit

2 July 2023 6:35 pm

Rishi Sunak’s government is sometimes compared to that of John Major, the man who succeeded Margaret Thatcher in 1990, went…

In seven years, Lenin changed the course of history

1 July 2023 9:00 am

Between his return from exile and his death, Lenin launched – and perverted – the revolution that shapes world politics today

Biden is right: China’s Xi is a ‘dictator’

21 June 2023 4:52 pm

Just as a stopped clock shows the correct time twice a day, so president Joe Biden, amidst the plethora of…

Italian politics will be duller without Silvio Berlusconi

13 June 2023 12:56 am

There’s an irony in the timing of Silvio Berlusconi’s death at the age of 86, coming on the same weekend…

Have we betrayed the D-Day generation?

6 June 2023 4:32 pm

Today is the 79th anniversary of D-Day, 6 June 1944, when Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy to…

Sixty years on: How the Profumo affair ended the age of deference

5 June 2023 4:00 pm

These days our sex scandals seem like another symbol of Britain’s national decline. They are diminished, petty and tawdry, certainly compared…