Ross Clark

Trevor Rene’s battle to stay in Britain

16 November 2019 9:00 am

When Boris Johnson edited this magazine, it proposed an amnesty for illegal immigrants — a controversial notion, but an idea…

The unseemly race to increase the size of the state

16 November 2019 5:30 am

‘Elect me once more and we will finish off socialism for good,’ declared Mrs Thatcher before the 1987 general election,…

Corbyn is right to condemn Boris’s cynical fracking u-turn

3 November 2019 6:00 am

For once, Jeremy Corbyn is right. The government’s announcement of a moratorium in fracking is an election stunt – and…

Toxic regulations, not the fire brigade, are to blame for the Grenfell deaths

2 November 2019 9:00 am

It has been bizarre to hear the London Fire Brigade taking the brunt of the blame for the deaths of…

Don’t blame oil and coal companies for climate change

11 October 2019 2:54 am

This year’s Nobel Prize for the silliest piece of scientific research must go to something called the Climate Accountability Institute,…

It’s unfair for Britain to take Tooba Gondal and other Isis brides back

30 September 2019 9:05 pm

I am sure that Tooba Gondal, the latest Isis bride to beg for a return to Britain, would, as she…

Bailing out Thomas Cook would have been a mistake

23 September 2019 8:51 pm

The biggest victim of the failure of Thomas Cook is the worldly reputation of its eponymous creator – a sober…

School climate strikers should answer these two questions

20 September 2019 8:58 pm

“The Earth is dying”, “the world is on fire”, we’re undergoing an “environmental extinction”: just three of the sentiments which…

The BBC’s latest attack on Netflix is galling

16 September 2019 11:32 pm

Lord Hall of Birkenhead is feeling pretty bullish about the quality of the organisation he leads. “We’re not Netflix, we’re…

The legal war of attrition against Brexit

11 September 2019 10:58 pm

Another week, another step along the road to Britain’s transformation into a kritarchy – rule by judges. Last week, the…

John Bercow and the abandoning of the Speaker’s impartiality

10 September 2019 3:14 am

According to John Bercow he has chosen to step down on 31 October because it would be the ‘least disruptive…

Remainers may regret not backing an October general election

6 September 2019 10:46 pm

So there goes the reputation of Boris Johnson’s henchmen as cunning operators. It has been a bad week for Dominic…

Germany’s military has become a complete joke

31 August 2019 9:00 am

It is not hard to think of times when German military weakness would have been lauded as good news across…

How renewable energy makes power cuts more likely

10 August 2019 9:20 pm

At 16 minutes past four on Friday a press officer at National Grid put out a tweet which seemed to…

The secret ingredient of successful seaside towns

10 August 2019 9:00 am

The real secret behind Margate’s revival isn’t so much the restored Dreamland amusement park, but the trains. A decade ago,…

Is Britain really heading for a Brexit recession?

9 August 2019 10:15 pm

The sense of excitement among some Remainers is almost palpable. Finally – after three years of waiting – a quarter…

There is a far better option than HS2 – and it already exists

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Just 48 hours before the conclusion of the Conservative leadership contest, Allan Cook, chairman of HS2, wrote to the government…

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…

donald trump racist incidents

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…