Nigel Jones

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…

Could Russia try to assassinate British officials?

1 June 2023 6:52 pm

You only have to hear the words of Dmitry Medvedev, former Russian President and Vladimir Putin’s long term chief sidekick,…

Europe’s rightward drift and the myth of backwards Britain

29 May 2023 10:26 pm

It is an idée fixe among British Europhiles that continental Europe is a progressive place firmly wedded to left-wing parties…

What’s eating John Major?

11 May 2023 9:20 pm

Eighty-year old Sir John Major does not appear to be enjoying a peaceful retirement. Judging by his frequent tetchy interventions…

King Charles must learn from Spain’s Juan Carlos’s mistakes

3 May 2023 8:00 pm

As he basks in the warm glow of respect, and even affection, surrounding his coronation this weekend, King Charles should…

Is Joe Biden really fit to run in 2024?

30 April 2023 2:36 am

Kim yo-Jong, the powerful and influential sister of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, has launched a savage personal attack on…

Britain’s bloody history in Sudan

25 April 2023 5:12 pm

A 72 hour truce between rival military factions has been brokered in Sudan’s civil war by US Secretary of State…

Russia’s long history of female assassins

4 April 2023 6:48 pm

The news that a young woman anti-war activist, Darya Trepova, is suspect number one in the bombing assassination of Russian…

What has Putin done with Ukraine’s missing children?

18 March 2023 4:07 am

Vladimir Putin’s crimes against Ukraine are often facilely compared with those committed by Hitler’s Nazis during World War Two. As…

Gary Lineker’s offensive Nazi Germany comparison

8 March 2023 6:38 pm

When a prominent left-wing celebrity wants to attack a conservative person or policy they very often make a comparison with…

Justin Welby is wrong: Russia should be punished for its war in Ukraine

25 February 2023 12:02 am

As the world marks the grim first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin should give thanks that there…

The spies never really went away

14 February 2023 5:43 pm

The news headlines this week brought a warm glow of nostalgia to anyone brought up during the 20th century’s Cold…