Ross Clark

Scrapping Ofsted would suit teachers – but be terrible for children

5 April 2024 1:56 am

There is one thing that seems to have gone missing from the campaign by the National Education Union (NEU) to…

Don’t trust Labour to build houses

3 April 2024 11:39 pm

Could a promise of more housebuilding win an election, or does the Nimby vote still rule the shires? Labour, it…

House prices aren’t falling any time soon

2 April 2024 10:26 pm

The thing about having three prominent house prices indices, all of which publish monthly figures, is that they are forever…

Why the council tax rise on second homes helps no one

2 April 2024 2:51 am

What a surprise. Given the choice of whether or not to double council tax for second home owners from next…

Martin Lewis is wrong about the ‘energy poll tax’

1 April 2024 5:30 pm

Given that a fair proportion of the UK public seem to want Martin Lewis to be prime minister, the government…

Thames Water proves privatisation has failed

28 March 2024 11:19 pm

Why do the Conservatives find it so difficult to admit that the privatisation of public utilities has in many cases…

You’re not being paranoid: smart meters are out to get you

26 March 2024 10:47 pm

If anyone was still in doubt as to why the government is keen to press ‘smart’ meters onto us, those…

The pension triple lock is a drain on the taxpayer

25 March 2024 11:12 pm

Jeremy Hunt’s promise that the Conservative manifesto will protect the ‘triple lock’ on the state pension is a desperate measure…

Britain’s high street is still stuck in recession

22 March 2024 8:06 pm

So, is the recession over? The Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) retail sales figures show that sales volumes were flat…

Gove’s ‘war on landlords’ is not going to plan

21 March 2024 11:09 pm

Levelling up the housing market, it is fair to say, is not quite going according to plan. Rents in the…

Jeremy Hunt should listen to James Dyson

21 March 2024 12:55 am

All Sir James Dyson wanted was to do what hundreds of business people and lobbyists have done before him: spend…

Ed Miliband’s dangerous net zero fantasy

20 March 2024 12:44 am

Ed Miliband set Labour back a decade when he not only failed to win the 2015 general election but went…

The middle classes let Banksy get away with vandalism

19 March 2024 2:39 am

This is a tale of two murals: one painted on the side of a building in Greenwich by an artist…

How WFH engineers caused an air traffic control meltdown

14 March 2024 11:33 pm

How lovely that engineers working for National Air Traffic Services (Nats) can work from home rather than having to slog…

Who is going to pay for Rishi’s gas power stations?

12 March 2024 10:15 pm

The problem with intermittency of wind and solar energy is so obvious that you wonder why is has taken the…

‘Levelling up’ is finished

5 March 2024 6:28 pm

Just what has the government done to try to retain the Red Wall vote? It seemed when they won a majority…

Why are UK shares doing so badly?

4 March 2024 11:23 pm

What is wrong with UK shares? While the US, European and Japanese stock markets reach new highs, UK markets are…

Is Amnesty right that Britain has a black mould epidemic?

2 March 2024 2:57 am

Are large numbers of children in Britain being killed by black mould in their homes? That seems to be the…

The farce of Drax’s wood pellets

29 February 2024 8:02 pm

When is the government going to stop pretending that chopping down trees in North American forests and shipping them across…

How Hunt’s Budget could put Starmer in a bind

27 February 2024 11:08 pm

Time was when a chancellor had to resign for leaking the Budget – Hugh Dalton famously lost his job after…

John Kerry has unwittingly exposed the climate change wheeze

27 February 2024 2:25 am

Here’s a good wheeze: prod every last inch of your own country, open the taps and become the world’s largest…

Can the EU survive another five years of Ursula von der Leyen?

26 February 2024 7:00 pm

Ursula von der Leyen came to the post of President of the European Commission five years ago with a less…

Unreliable renewables will make energy more costly

23 February 2024 11:39 pm

It is of course good news that the Ofgem price cap for a dual fuel household bill will fall from…

The failed Trident missile launch is a big embarrassment for Britain

21 February 2024 10:37 pm

With Keir Starmer having rid the Labour party of its Corbynite doctrines, Britain’s independent nuclear deterrent would not be expected…

Andrew Bailey: Britain’s recession may already be over

20 February 2024 11:19 pm

We’re not cutting interest rates because we think the recession may already be over and we’re not even sure we…