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Abolishing Covid restrictions now is bold, brave – and necessary

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Shortly after Covid emerged, our civil liberties were suspended. The government took control of when and for how long we…

Full text: Putin's declaration of war on Ukraine

24 February 2022 7:36 pm

Dear citizens of Russia! Dear friends! Today, I again consider it necessary to return to the tragic events taking place…

Andrew, Harry and the enduring prudence of the Queen

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Prince Andrew’s decision to settle his case with Virginia Giuffre means he will be spared the potentially humiliating ordeal of…

How do Russian and Ukrainian military forces measure up?

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Facing the music Police in New Zealand played Barry Manilow records to truck drivers in an attempt to persuade them…

Letters: In defence of the police

19 February 2022 9:00 am

A health-care disaster Sir: Kate Andrews’s piece on who really controls the NHS (‘Waiting game’, 12 February) gives us a…

Portrait of the week: Inflation hits 30-year high, Andrew settles out of court and Turkey changes its name

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, made ready for a Russian invasion of Ukraine by cutting short a planned visit…

2540: Recycling components - solution

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Unclued lights (PLAY, WITH, HOLD, DOWN) comprise components for the unclued cyclic sequence PLAY WITH, WITHHOLD, HOLD DOWN and DOWNPLAY.…

P.J. O’Rourke 1947 — 2022

16 February 2022 7:03 am

The great American journalist and satirist P J O’Rourke has died. He contributed a number of articles to The Spectator…

Why Putin wins

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Did Vladimir Putin ever intend to invade Ukraine? Or were his troop manoeuvres just a game — another test of…

Letters: What happened to bells on bikes?

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Jesus wept Sir: Sam Dunning’s brilliant exposure of the corrupting links between Jesus College, Cambridge and the Chinese Communist party…

Portrait of the week: Queen Camilla, a cabinet rejig and NHS waiting list warning

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Home In a message for the 70th anniversary of her accession, the Queen said it was her sincere wish that…

Are the Winter Olympics suffering the effects of climate change?

12 February 2022 9:00 am

No snow The pistes are covered with artificial snow and the hillsides are bare. Are the Winter Olympics a victim…

2539: Wider - solution

12 February 2022 9:00 am

The six unclued lights and PLAYWRIGHTS (35/26) are FETCHER/Fletcher (13), CHILLER/Schiller (22), WESTER/Webster (34), MEANDER/Menander (38), PRIESTLY/Priestley (6) and COTEAU/Cocteau…

What's the point of Boris?

5 February 2022 9:00 am

The anger against the Prime Minister for failing to observe the rules which he imposed upon the rest of us…

2538: Green Light! Cross! - solution

5 February 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights are towns on Gozo (go + zo are defined in the puzzle’s title). Apologies that this crossword…

How many people still send letters?

5 February 2022 9:00 am

Borderland Few countries can have passed through as many kingdoms and empires as Ukraine — the ‘borderlands’. These are just…

Letters: The Christian case for cash

5 February 2022 9:00 am

Naysayers needed Sir: I was struck by James Forsyth’s observation that in 10 Downing Street, ‘hard truths and hard choices…

Portrait of the week: Sue Gray speaks, Boris goes to Ukraine and 477-mile bolt of lightning strikes

5 February 2022 9:00 am

Home Sue Gray, the second permanent secretary in the Cabinet Office, in a 12-page ‘update’ on her investigation into 16…

Read in full: Sue Gray's partygate report

1 February 2022 1:25 am

Sue Gray’s long-awaited investigation into Downing Street parties during lockdown has just been released. Here is the full text: On…

Letters: The BBC licence fee is a protection racket

29 January 2022 9:00 am

Russia’s star Sir: Wolfgang Münchau is surely right to highlight the risk posed to European peace and stability by Germany’s…

What Boris must do now to survive

29 January 2022 9:00 am

When Omicron struck, Britain was already the most boosted country in Europe. Our programme was so advanced that 80 per…

Who survived the sinking of the Titanic?

29 January 2022 9:00 am

Prime numbers As of 29 January Boris Johnson will have been Prime Minister for two years and 190 days. Currently…

Portrait of the week: Unease in Ukraine, tensions in No. 10 and hamsters escape Hong Kong

29 January 2022 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, told the Commons that Britain was prepared to send troops to protect Nato allies…

2537: My Lord! - solution

29 January 2022 9:00 am

The exchange that gave rise to the expression CURATE’s (19 Down) Egg was ‘I’m afraid you’ve got a bad egg,…

Portrait of the week: Saving Big Dog, scrapping the licence fee and tsunami hits Tonga

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Home Sue Gray, Second Permanent Secretary at the Cabinet Office, having been asked by Boris Johnson to look into accusations…