Nigel Jones

Ukraine shouldn’t cancel Russian culture

12 February 2023 9:30 pm

It is entirely understandable that the barbaric attack on Ukraine launched a year ago by Vladimir Putin has sparked enraged…

Is Germany the West’s weakest link?

5 February 2023 3:35 am

At the height of the Cold War, it was Britain that appeared to be infested with Russian spies and moles.…

Why Putin is channelling his inner Stalin

3 February 2023 6:06 pm

Vladimir Putin has journeyed to the southern city of Volgograd – better known by its former name of Stalingrad –…

Rishi Sunak is no John Major

31 January 2023 12:36 am

As the skies darken over Rishi Sunak’s embattled government, with ministers being fired or placed under investigation, opinion polls dire…

Nadhim Zahawi and the end of honour

29 January 2023 9:00 pm

Nadhim Zahawi, who has been sacked by Rishi Sunak after days of headlines over his tax affairs, could learn a…

Is sloppiness our new national vice?

25 January 2023 9:03 pm

The Germans have a word for it. When they wish to criticise their Austrian cousins’ alleged tendency towards carelessness and…

Germany is paralysed by pacifism

21 January 2023 8:28 pm

Germany’s marked reluctance to supply Leopard 2 tanks to help Ukraine repel the brutal Russian invasion has very little to…

Rishi Sunak has wasted his first 100 days as Prime Minister

13 January 2023 3:17 am

Rishi Sunak has been Prime Minister for nearly 100 days – but what has Sunak done with his victory since…

William, Harry and Britain’s long history of royal sibling spats

6 January 2023 5:02 am

Fraternal relations rarely run entirely smoothly. But the degree of animosity revealed in reports of the physical clash between Princes…

Is King Charles safe?

23 December 2022 7:01 pm

The news that his security experts are conducting an urgent review of the King’s safety during his expected traditional Christmas…

Why are political failures like David Cameron so richly rewarded?

17 December 2022 8:21 pm

The news – reported in the FT Weekend – that former Prime Minister David Cameron is to teach a three-week course…

Have the Tories passed the point of no return?

14 December 2022 11:52 pm

If an election were held tomorrow, not only would Labour win, they would bury the Tories with a landslide majority…

The Tories need to get tough on the strikes

7 December 2022 5:58 pm

This Christmas, Britain is facing what is not far short of a general strike. Rail workers, ambulance drivers, nurses, postal…

Invented female characters are a betrayal of history

4 December 2022 5:00 pm

The popular historian Ben Macintyre is a fortunate fellow. No sooner has the BBC’s acclaimed adaptation of his account of…

How revolutions begin, and how they can end

29 November 2022 6:47 pm

Across China, the world’s most populous nation and its second largest economy, scenes unprecedented since the Tiananmen Square massacre of…

Can Boris Johnson’s Charles de Gaulle act pay off?

24 November 2022 6:06 pm

It is only a month since Boris Johnson gave up his dramatic attempt to regain the Premiership he reluctantly surrendered…

Just how low can our political class sink?

12 November 2022 9:41 pm

Observe, this dark weekend, a contrast. On Whitehall, the centre of British government, the Royal Family and leaders of our…

Biden vs Trump is a contest in which we all lose

10 November 2022 7:11 pm

Overnight President Biden announced that he intends to run again for the White House in 2024 and beat Donald Trump…

The Biden elephant in the room

8 November 2022 6:17 pm

Let us face an unpleasant fact that many seem curiously reluctant to report or discuss. President Joe Biden appears to…

The Tory wars haven’t gone away

28 October 2022 1:59 am

Rishi Sunak told the Tories to ‘unite or die’ as he took office this week. Some of his party colleagues…

Don’t bank on a better Boris

22 October 2022 2:00 am

In the past century, only four British prime ministers have returned to 10 Downing Street after being ejected from office.…

Is this the end of the Conservatives?

21 October 2022 2:40 am

Nothing, not even the world’s oldest and most successful political party, lasts forever. So could the current crisis convulsing the…

A brief history of Tory rebellion

20 October 2022 6:05 pm

One hundred years ago, on 19 October 1922, Conservative MPs gathered at the Carlton Club. There was only one subject…

Rishi Sunak lost. Get over it

18 October 2022 5:30 pm

The WhatsApp message doing the rounds in Westminster yesterday was succinct: ‘Rishi PM. Hunt Chx. Penny FS. It’s a done…

What the Queen’s funeral tells us about Britain

19 September 2022 4:48 pm

State funerals say a lot about the country in which they take place – and one of the things in…