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Britain and its allies are opening the way for yet another Iraq war

18 November 2017 9:00 am

After the most intensive street-by-street combat since 1945, Isis’s so-called caliphate is no more. Last weekend, the Iraqi government won…

The Brexit Bill faces 470 amendments on its way through Parliament

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Home As the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill faced 470 amendments in its examination by a committee of the whole House,…

If EU nationals are leaving the NHS, why are their numbers going up?

18 November 2017 9:00 am

No. 2 iron English Heritage launched a crowdfunding campaign for repairs to Abraham Darby’s 1779 bridge at Ironbridge, Shropshire. This…

To fix this failing government make Gove the CEO and keep May as chairman

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Chairman May Sir: Theresa May is the only politician with a mandate to lead, yet doesn’t seem capable of leading…

More books of the year

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Daniel Swift I spent too much of this (and last) year reading anaemic updatings of Shakespeare plays: pale novels which…

to 2333: Unchangeable

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Answers to clues in italics are SET IN STONE (38). Resulting entries at 1, 2, 14, 25 and 43 (in…

Does Theresa May’s zombie government even want to survive?

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Dealing with a hung parliament was never going to be easy, but no one quite foresaw the decay which now…

Sexual misconduct claims leave government in crisis

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Home An air of crisis hung over the government. Priti Patel, the International Development Secretary, was told to fly back…

Where was the very first tax haven?

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Pennies from haven Last week’s huge leak of the ‘Paradise Papers’ has put the Channel Islands and the Isle of…

Letters: Looking for love? Just follow these three simple rules

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Rules for romance Sir: Lara Prendergast describes a floundering generation desperate for reliable love but with no real idea how…

Books of the year

11 November 2017 9:00 am

A.N. Wilson Elmet by Fiona Mozley (John Murray, £10.99). It is difficult to convey the full horror of this spellbinding…

to 2332: glad all over

11 November 2017 9:00 am

The unclued lights are preceded by HAPPY to yield phrases listed in Brewer.  First prize Tony Hankey, London W4Runners-up C.…

Gordon Brown’s memoirs show he is good at blowing his own trumpet – but nothing else

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Gordon Brown has pitched his memoirs as the honest confessions of a decent man. He failed to win the one…

Barometer

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Lynx on the loose — A Eurasian lynx escaped from a zoo in Wales, pre-empting plans to introduce six of…

Rumours of sexual misconduct swirl around Westminster

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Home A great ferment of accusations of sexual impropriety was made against people in Parliament and out of it. Bex…

Letters: the tyranny of ‘equality of outcome’ in education

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Equality of outcome Sir: Rod Liddle exposes some deep flaws in the way children are prepared to play their part…

to 2331: Anagrams

4 November 2017 9:00 am

The suggested words were ESTER (1), REEST (20), TERSE (24), TREES (43), TERES (6D), RESET (9), TEERS (23), STERE (30)…

Identity issues

28 October 2017 9:00 am

It was always going to be difficult for Theresa May’s government to secure a legacy beyond Brexit. With the negotiations…

Portrait of the week

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Home Of perhaps 400 Britons returned from the former territory of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, those who…

Letters

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Meeting halfway Sir: If our Brexit negotiator David Davis has not read Robert Tombs’s wonderful article ‘Lost in translation’ (21…

George Eliot, photographed in 1858

to 2330: IMAGE

28 October 2017 9:00 am

The poem ‘The Red Wheelbarrow’ (originally ‘XXII’) by William Carlos Williams is considered perhaps the foremost example of IMAGISM.  First…

The Kurds are on their own

21 October 2017 9:00 am

The routing of Isis in northern Iraq ought to be a time of international celebration, but as ever in the…

Letters

21 October 2017 9:00 am

The great divider Sir: Niall Ferguson (‘Tech vs Trump’, 14 October) draws a parallel between the Reformation — powered by the…

to 2329: PLACES TO EAT

21 October 2017 9:00 am

The paired unclued lights are food items which include a place-name. BATH and BUNS do double duty, BUNS is the plural…

Portrait of the week

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, and David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, went to Brussels and had dinner with Jean-Claude…