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Portrait of the week: Trains stop, a volcano erupts and the nation goes to the polls

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Home The nation went to the polls. Engineering works compounded the misery of passengers on the South Western Railway where…

How common are volcanic eruptions?

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Volcanic eruptions At least six people were killed when White Island, a volcano off New Zealand’s North Island, erupted. How…

Letters: Why have the Conservatives decided Chesterfield is a lost cause?

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Given up on Chesterfield? Sir: Matthew Parris makes some interesting and accurate points about growing Tory support in the north…

to 2435: A Little Puzzle

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Unclued lights are DWARFS.  First prize Bill Stewart, LeicesterRunners-up Mark Roberts, Luxembourg;John Bartlett, Solihull

‘Victory for Boris’: Today’s front pages react to the Tory landslide

13 December 2019 6:54 pm

The nation’s newspapers reflect what is the largest political revolution in a generation. Boris Johnson has been able to turn…

‘A huge great stonking mandate’: Boris’s Tory HQ victory speech

13 December 2019 5:58 pm

Boris Johnson has just addressed Tory HQ following the Tories’s huge election win. Here is the full text of what…

This is the most important election in modern history – so vote, and vote Tory

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Next week, voters will decide the future of the government, of Brexit, and perhaps of the Union. Jeremy Corbyn has…

Portrait of the week: Terror in London, Trump in London and a resignation in Malta

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Home Usman Khan, aged 28, out of prison on licence after serving eight years of a 16-year sentence for preparing…

What weather records were broken in 2019?

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Keeping it in the family A study by the Middle East Technical University claimed to prove that the pronounced chin…

Letters: Governments should be promoting marriage, not discouraging it for the sake of equality

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Look closer to home Sir: In your interview with Boris Johnson (‘Austerity was not the way forward’, 30 November) he…

to 2434: eat it!

7 December 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights, including the pair at 35/28, are CAKES.  First prize John Maynard, Motcombe, DorsetRunners-up Tony Mouzer, Birmingham; Michael…

This is the most important election in modern history – it’s time to take sides

5 December 2019 3:33 am

Next week, voters will decide the future of the government, of Brexit, and perhaps of the Union. Jeremy Corbyn has…

Does safety-first Boris Johnson have any ambitions on the world stage?

30 November 2019 9:00 am

There is a large vacuum at the heart of this general election campaign. Aside from the topic of our relations…

Portrait of the week: Chief Rabbi speaks out, Uber loses its licence and police draw tasers at the cinema

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Home The Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, intervened in the election campaign by declaring that anti-Semitism was a ‘poison — sanctioned…

How much are political parties allowed to spend in the general election?

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Election counts Michael Bloomberg — the ninth richest person in America — entered the US presidential race by buying $34…

Koo d’etat

30 November 2019 9:00 am

From 16 October 1982: Prince Andrew’s Caribbean holiday with Miss Koo Stark (following, perhaps prompted by, months of all-male company…

Letters: Just how should you pronounce vermouth?

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Down to zero Sir: Paul Collier’s siren call to take advantage of near-zero interest rates to go on a massive…

to 2433: House and garden

30 November 2019 9:00 am

The painters were Millais (suggested by BOXING MATCH/SLOTHS: 1A/9D), Constable (GYP/FIRM: 7A/35), Gainsborough (EARNS/BROOKLYN: 29/24) and Landseer (NATION/SOOTHSAYER: 30/19).  …

Full transcript: Jeremy Corbyn grilled by Andrew Neil

27 November 2019 7:20 am

Jeremy Corbyn took part in The Andrew Neil Interviews on BBC One this evening. The veteran broadcaster grilled the Labour…

The Tories must be careful not to pave the way for Corbynism

23 November 2019 9:00 am

To say one thing for John McDonnell, he shows a refreshing preparedness to use a general election to lay out…

Portrait of the week: The leaders’ debate, the Duke’s interview and the gilet jaunes’ birthday

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Home In a television debate Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, was jeered by the studio audience when he was asked…

What happened to the other Dukes of York?

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Old Dukes of York Prince Andrew is the 14th royal to have held the title Duke of York (three were…

Letters: The Politically Homeless Party are now a force to be reckoned with

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Nowhere to turn Sir: Like Tanya Gold and Matthew Parris (9 November), I too am feeling politically homeless. Over the…

to 2432: Getting dry

23 November 2019 9:00 am

The DODO (30) organised the CAUCUS RACE (12) to get dry. Participants included ALICE (2), EAGLET (7), DUCK (17), MOUSE…

Our flood defences aren’t fit for the climate we have now

16 November 2019 9:00 am

This week’s political fuss over whether the floods in Yorkshire constitute a ‘national emergency’ misses the point. It is too…