Ross Clark

Boris’s critics are only making him stronger

19 July 2019 10:28 pm

If, as expected, Boris Johnson heads off to Buckingham Palace next Wednesday to become Prime Minister, I fear that a…

The forgotten joy of soap

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Is there any invention as ancient and as fundamental as soap? Traced to Babylonian civilisation around 2,800 bc (handy for…

Boris and Carrie’s staged picture is a PR masterstroke

25 June 2019 9:33 pm

Whatever you think of Boris Johnson’s ability to be Prime Minister you have to admire the PR skills of Carrie…

There’s no denying the Boris tape was politically motivated

22 June 2019 9:37 pm

A neighbour records a domestic row through the wall of their flat, takes the recording to a newspaper which then…

Greenwashed: The strange triumph of eco-Toryism

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Even before the government this week announced a legally binding target to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by…

Could a global recession be around the corner?

8 June 2019 9:00 am

How can a new incumbent of No. 10 survive without a majority and with Brexit to solve? It defies the imagination.…

The truth about air quality? It’s the best (and cleanest) in living memory

18 May 2019 9:00 am

We are, of course, in the midst of an air pollution crisis which, like every other threat to our health…

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Racist incidents are down since Trump’s election. Yes, really

17 May 2019 3:08 am

The election of Donald Trump has, of course, unleashed the latent racist which lurks within millions of Americans. We know…

How do the Project Fear prophets explain the good news about Britain’s economy?

10 May 2019 11:15 pm

Of course, we shouldn’t read too much into a set of good economic figures when they are so obviously down…

A crowdfunded prosecution of Boris Johnson is nothing to celebrate

7 May 2019 11:22 pm

I have often wondered what would happen if politicians were bound by the same rules as advertisers, or if manifestos…

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A booming economy makes Trump look wiser than his detractors

4 May 2019 5:47 am

What delicious reading it makes going back over Paul Krugman’s missive in the New York Times on the morning after…

The trouble with Greta Thunberg

23 April 2019 11:20 pm

In popular mythology Greta Thunberg is a one-girl revolution who has inspired millions of young people into action by being…

Carmageddon: The future is catching up with the motor giants

9 February 2019 9:00 am

When Nissan announced it would not, after all, produce its new X-Trail in Sunderland, this was reported as proof of…

Looking for a guilt-free vegetable? Good luck with that

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Last week’s Lancet report and its ‘planetary health diet’ of next to no red meat will have bolstered the egos…

Project Fact: how scared should we really be of a no deal?

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Food shortages, diabetics going without insulin, outbreaks of salmonella and swine flu: a no-deal Brexit has become a dystopia of…

Money is already draining from Britain but because of Corbyn, not Brexit

1 December 2018 9:00 am

What’s wrong with UK financial markets? The global economy is recovering, but British stocks and shares are not keeping pace.…

Sperm donors and the incest trap

25 August 2018 9:00 am

It is hard to think of a code of behaviour which is common to all societies on earth, let alone…

The bad science of cannabis oil

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Was there ever a more fatuous contribution to a political debate than Lord Hague following up the case of 12-year-old…

The Scouts can’t offer equal access to the disabled – they won’t survive

28 April 2018 9:00 am

A couple of years ago, Simon Barnes wrote a moving piece in this magazine about how his son Eddie, who…

Revealed – the truth about plastic

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Has an albatross ever wielded so much influence? The bewildered chick who regurgitated a plastic bag in front of Sir…

Politicians want to move us towards a cashless world. It would be a disaster

25 November 2017 9:00 am

What could be more terrifying than a return to the 15 per cent interest rates with which homebuyers had to…

His first 100 days

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Many assume that if an election were held soon, Jeremy Corbyn would win. But what if, say, the government fell…

Hostile climate

19 August 2017 9:00 am

The subtitle of Al Gore’s new film is ‘Truth to Power’, which is supposed to give the impression of brave…

Road to nowhere

5 August 2017 9:00 am

When I heard the government’s announcement that petrol and diesel cars are to be banned from 2040, I resorted, as…

Why British investors are wrong to panic about China

13 February 2016 9:00 am

At the risk of sounding like Neville Chamberlain, how bizarre that we should be panic-selling our stock-market investments in reaction…