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Will turning the Tories into the pro-Leave party pay off for Boris?

14 September 2019 9:00 am

An election might still be months away, but the parties have already made their big strategic choices. The Tories and…

Theresa May’s honours list makes me sick

14 September 2019 9:00 am

The BBC featured a gay wedding on Songs of Praise recently. Of course it did. The thinking was, I assume:…

Britain’s political system is broken. America’s isn’t

14 September 2019 9:00 am

American liberals perceive it as a jarring inconsistency: my opposition to Trump and support for Brexit. Especially outside the UK,…

WeWork is no more than an overhyped and overstretched landlord

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Long ago in my investment banking days I had a glimpse into the mind of the British Airways long-haul pilot.…

There’s nothing wrong with Jacob Rees-Mogg lying down in the Commons

7 September 2019 9:00 am

If you are a journalist covering politics this year, every moment is a bad moment to take a holiday. I…

When it comes to Brexit, everything that can be tried will always fail

7 September 2019 9:00 am

It is all beginning to feel like the closing scenes of the 1980 spoof comedy film Airplane! In particular the…

How to beat the autumn blues

7 September 2019 9:00 am

You know that awful, gnawing, depressing feeling you’ve got right now? The one that notices how shockingly early the sun…

The PPI scandal ends at last – but the nuisance calls will keep coming

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Of all the stains on the reputation of UK banks, the PPI scandal is surely the most shameful, the most…

The Amazon fires are as much a political story as an environmental one

31 August 2019 9:00 am

We do not yet know which 100 citizens will make it to the ‘Citizens’ Assembly’ to be chaired by the…

Might there be a Brexit deal after all?

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Parliament has not yet returned from its summer break but we are already in a bitter constitutional battle, with the…

History will soon judge this fraught time

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Good stories have a dénouement. The Act III moment when all is revealed and the narrative comes in to land…

Don’t blame snowflakes – grown-ups are the idiots

31 August 2019 9:00 am

San Francisco must be the virtue capital of the world. (The latest: just across the bay, Berkeley’s city council voted…

Now is the wrong time to tackle rising boardroom pay

31 August 2019 9:00 am

The average FTSE 100 chief executive earned £3.5 million last year — 117 times the £29,574 pay of the average…

The royals should embody virtue – not signal it

24 August 2019 9:00 am

ONE should not be censorious if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex fly in private jets to their holidays, though…

It’s time to talk about what no deal really means

24 August 2019 9:00 am

The main reason Conservative MPs prefer Boris Johnson’s government to Theresa May’s is because of its clarity of message. The…

Is there anything that can’t be put down to a ‘condition’?

24 August 2019 9:00 am

I suppose it is overstating the case to suggest that dyslexia is simply a term coined to assuage the disappointment…

When did English A-level become a science?

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Now that my youngest has got her A-level grades, I’m finally free to say just how much I have loathed…

Who’ll be the next jihadi-jackpot winner?

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Reading the news this week of Jihadi Jack (née Letts, of Oxfordshire) having his UK passport withdrawn, my mind went…

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak (Getty)

Why you can’t let Brexit affect your life

24 August 2019 9:00 am

A couple with a first baby sought my advice: they had accepted a low offer for their cramped London flat…

I’m giving £200 to whoever can tell me who has made the nation’s buttocks ache

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Look out. Here comes a column banging on about something that, in the grand scheme of things, really doesn’t matter.…

Contraception is the answer to climate change

17 August 2019 9:00 am

When last week’s IPCC report warned that the human race may soon have trouble feeding itself, my reaction was: duh.…

If investors are fleeing to gold, this is not the time to be smug

17 August 2019 9:00 am

It came as no great surprise that the UK economy contracted by 0.2 per cent in the second quarter, following…

An all-female cabinet? Insert your own joke here

17 August 2019 9:00 am

I wonder what Jacques Derrida would have made of the new leader of the UK Independence party? In the philosopher’s…

Give Hong Kongers real security: a British passport

17 August 2019 9:00 am

We seem to be building up to a second Tiananmen Square, 30 years after the first. This time the venue…

How No. 10 is taking back control

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Every Friday at 6 p.m. government aides are summoned to No. 10 Downing Street for a meeting with Dominic Cummings,…