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Why No. 10 fears the second wave

19 September 2020 9:00 am

The government is bracing itself for a second wave of coronavirus. Everyone knew the autumn and winter would be more…

JK Rowling’s fundamental mistake

19 September 2020 9:00 am

I had my first doubts about Lord Hall, the former director-general of the BBC, when he addressed a group of…

The Covid hysteria is getting worse

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Readers may recall a column last month that laid out powerful evidence for the proposition that the ethnic and racial…

The Japan trade deal shows how desperate we are for investment

19 September 2020 9:00 am

A small cheer for Liz Truss’s treaty with Japan. It is, says the official press release, ‘the UK’s first major…

The next generation of gay men will be far more boring

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Last week we broadcast my BBC radio Great Lives episode on Kenneth Williams. The effervescent comedian and presenter Tom Allen…

How to beat cancel culture

19 September 2020 9:00 am

One of the most extraordinary features of the ‘cancel culture’ is how well it works. All decent people hate it,…

Wrecking the Brexit talks won’t help our fishermen

12 September 2020 9:00 am

‘Every country has a political problem with its fishermen,’ wrote Peter Walker, the Conservative minister who negotiated the first effective…

Are we seeing the last push against Brexit?

12 September 2020 9:00 am

Large parts of the senior civil service regard Brexit as almost illegal. Some of them regard loyalty to the EU…

The dark side of ‘cute’ culture

12 September 2020 9:00 am

I have become allergic to ‘cute’, bad-tempered biddy that I am. Cuteness and the requirement to be cute have spread…

Falsehoods are running amok

12 September 2020 9:00 am

I don’t know how much of a shock this will come to you as — perhaps none, because you are…

No. 10’s no-deal dilemma

12 September 2020 9:00 am

Backbenchers are discussing when to give Downing Street a bloody nose, a former prime minister is on the warpath and…

Who would risk being a government adviser?

12 September 2020 9:00 am

Poor Tony Abbott. It would seem being prime minister of Australia doesn’t bring you to the attention of the British…

Now get off your sofa to help save the arts

5 September 2020 9:00 am

Along, cold weekend brought a haul of business news more bad than good. The worst was from aero-engine maker Rolls-Royce,…

How a lie becomes truth

5 September 2020 9:00 am

Teachers were told to exclude children who made ‘inappropriate’ jokes about Covid when they returned to school this week. These…

To save the Union, negotiate Scotland’s independence

5 September 2020 9:00 am

The first cabinet meeting of the new term and Boris Johnson’s summer holiday were both dominated by one concern: how…

The trouble with ‘taking back control’

5 September 2020 9:00 am

I sympathised with Leave voters who yearned to ‘take back control’ of British borders. After all, if being a country…

Are liberal conservatives now history?

5 September 2020 9:00 am

It was a luminous late August sunset, and we were in France, dining outdoors with some friends who have a…

Boris the builder mustn’t buckle over planning reform

29 August 2020 9:00 am

The government will pass the test it has set itself: schools in England will return next week. Pupils may well…

Our Belarusian blind spot

29 August 2020 9:00 am

I’d always rather liked the Finns, until I came across the conductor Dalia Stasevska. When I asked my mother what…

Zoom falling: has the video-call novelty worn off?

29 August 2020 9:00 am

A takeover battle for BT would bring much-needed excitement to the City — as well as a major political row.…

In defence of Hans Sloane

29 August 2020 9:00 am

‘The British Museum stands in solidarity with the British Black community, with the African American community, with the Black community…

How progressive misogyny works

29 August 2020 9:00 am

It happens a lot lately. Not just in a Twitter DM or an email but in real life. Someone tells…

Protestors are clearing a path for Trump

29 August 2020 9:00 am

‘This city is not going to stop burning itself down until they [the protestors] know that this officer has been…

Has Downing Street calculated the real cost of quarantine?

22 August 2020 9:00 am

Doing the math, as the Americans say, became this column’s theme after I abandoned another planned trip to France. Seven…

Brits aren’t idiotic – but our institutions are

22 August 2020 9:00 am

Two headlines from the same news-paper, less than three weeks apart. So, the Guardian on 31 July: ‘The Guardian view…