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Britain’s fate now lies in the hands of Angela Merkel

23 March 2019 9:00 am

Angela Merkel says disdainfully, ‘I admit I was not on top of the British parliament’s 17th-century procedural rules.’ Her implication…

On the subject of John Bercow

23 March 2019 9:00 am

You can buy the latest edition of Thomas Erskine May’s Parliamentary Practice for just over three hundred quid, but I…

In defence of snake oil

23 March 2019 9:00 am

A few months ago I had possibly the best massage I’ve ever had. My masseuse, Anouschka, had learned her skills…

There’s an arms race underway – between headphones and musak

23 March 2019 9:00 am

I live with a ghost, or rather, I share an address with a man who’s been dead for many years.…

Merging two unhappy companies is a recipe for disaster

23 March 2019 9:00 am

It never works to take two unhappy companies and blend them into a bigger pile of misery. That’s the way…

Leadership requires imagination, but Theresa May has never displayed any

16 March 2019 9:00 am

I had forgotten, until I checked this week, that Mrs May timed the general election of June 2017 in order…

Can the Republican Party finally win over minority voters?

16 March 2019 9:00 am

 Washington, DC Republican strategists have long complained about how, every election, the Democrats mobilise minority groups against them. Now they’re…

Why I’ve joined the SDP (and why you should, too)

16 March 2019 9:00 am

I was down the pub with my wife last week, out in the tiny smoking section, when a woman with…

What you learn standing on a street corner in Beirut

16 March 2019 9:00 am

A pale sun had emerged from wintry clouds and the hillsides were topped snowy white. But all around me was…

If you forgive the IRA, then you must forgive the Parachute Regiment too

16 March 2019 9:00 am

In my 2010 short story ‘Prepositions’, a woman has lost her husband not in 9/11 but on 9/11 — when…

What shares would a post-Brexit ‘Optimist Fund’ include?

16 March 2019 9:00 am

The nation certainly needs optimism this week, so what better moment to start building our ‘UK Optimist Fund’ of shares…

Artists are not always good people, but should their work really be boycotted?

9 March 2019 9:00 am

A kind billionaire called Jeremy Hosking, whom I do not know personally, has invited us to join the Britannia Express,…

Will Brexiteers miss their best chance at Brexit?

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Theresa May was only ever going to win approval for her Brexit deal by persuading MPs that it was the…

In defence of a liberal education

9 March 2019 9:00 am

A good decade or so ago I wrote a fairly vituperative article in response to a piece by the writer…

The Swinging Sixties: the decade people became more liberated – or the beginning of a night-mare? (R. Powell/Daily Express/Getty Images)

We’ve still to wake up from the nightmare of the Swinging Sixties

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Every day our age seems to be getting madder and madder, in defiance of the notion that man is a…

Don’t hate housebuilders who profited from Help to Buy. It wasn’t their fault

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Was Help to Buy a timely market intervention with a valid social purpose or a political gimmick that unintentionally showered…

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Corbyn’s handling of Brexit has been magnificently opportunistic

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn never ceases to attack Mrs May for trying to run down the clock. She has certainly done that,…

Women’s sports may one day soon consist entirely of men

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Congratulations to Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood for sweeping all before them in the Connecticut girls’ high school track races…

A teenage Shamima Begum, before she left Britain (Getty Images)

Why we must make an example of Shamima Begum

2 March 2019 9:00 am

The three most popular justifications for punishment under the law all (as it happens) begin with R. They are retribution,…

Why I hate ‘the n-word’

2 March 2019 9:00 am

One of the depressing aspects of writing a column attuned to social hypocrisy is so rarely running short of new…

What’s the worst line of business you could be in, if we’re heading for no deal?

2 March 2019 9:00 am

What’s the very worst line of business you could be in, if we’re heading for a no-deal Brexit? Not finance,…

Carrying cash is becoming a minority occupation like smoking

23 February 2019 9:00 am

The BBC reported on Tuesday that the proposed closure of Honda’s plant at Swindon was largely caused by the prospect…

How to solve Europe’s Nato problem

23 February 2019 9:00 am

There are four major power blocs in the world — the United States, Russia, China and the EU. Of these,…

The Independent Group can’t survive just on anti-Corbyn hatred

23 February 2019 9:00 am

I once came up against Mike Gapes in a fraternal game of five-a-side football played at the Elephant and Castle…

Naked Brexit protester Dr Victoria Bateman on the Today programme last week

The full Delingpole: why I stripped naked and posted the video online

23 February 2019 9:00 am

It was a bright Sunday afternoon and I was harmlessly at my desk, minding my own business, when from the…