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We’re starting to see a new foreign policy for Brexit Britain

16 January 2021 9:00 am

What will Brexit Britain do differently? This is going to be the most important question in our politics for the…

Who volunteers to be lectured by children?

16 January 2021 9:00 am

The screenwriter Russell T. Davies has said that only gay actors should be cast in gay parts, believing this leads…

Mandelson’s story could have been so very different

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Matt Forde, the stand-up comedian and presenter of his regular Political Party Podcast, has hit on an overlooked technique for…

From Trumpism to lockdown, people believe in the craziest things

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Following his disgruntled supporters’ rampage through the Capitol, Donald Trump’s fate hangs in the balance. But one artefact of this…

The age of de-enlightenment

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Depictions of Thomas Carlyle and David Hume in the Scottish Portrait Gallery will be altered to make it clear they…

Why can’t Justin Welby praise a Tory?

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Justin Welby is having a holiday and people are unhappy about it. He plans, in May, to take a three-month…

Sturgeon has become the real opposition leader

9 January 2021 9:00 am

A few months ago, Tory aides spotted a suspicious pattern. If they agreed on a new Covid policy to be…

History shouldn’t be used against us

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Can you feel the fascism yet? You ought to by now, more than a week after Britain leaving the EU.…

This has been the year of epic derangement

19 December 2020 9:00 am

I wonder if British universities will follow Cornell’s innovative approach to ensuring students are protected from wretched viruses? The American…

My cure for the common cold

19 December 2020 9:00 am

You really don’t want to know about my coughs and sneezes, particularly during the festive season, but bear with me…

Why charity begins in shops

19 December 2020 9:00 am

When everything re-opened after the first lockdown, I didn’t immediately head to a restaurant, bar or hairdresser. I went to…

It’s completely rational for girls to want to be boys

19 December 2020 9:00 am

I’ve always been perplexed why anyone lucky enough to be born male would want to swap sexes. But it seems…

How Britain will counter China’s wolf-warrior diplomacy

19 December 2020 9:00 am

The most significant and lasting change brought about by Covid is that it has woken the West up to the…

The importance of giving offence

12 December 2020 9:00 am

As dons at Cambridge vote on a new protocol on constraints to free speech, we mark this month the 500th…

Can Mike Ashley defy high street reality?

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Separating heroes from villains in the great retail survival struggle is like spotting bent coppers in Line of Duty —…

In defence of the booing Millwall fans

12 December 2020 9:00 am

It is an enormous shame that the Millwall fans who booed their players for ‘taking a knee’ in support of…

No one wins in the race race

12 December 2020 9:00 am

After the explosion of international self-abasement over George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis, much theatrical soul-searching ensued. So your basic man…

The deal-or-no-deal debate is different this time

12 December 2020 9:00 am

When a deadline is missed for Brexit negotiations, it is tempting to think there will be another chance to keep…

The Tavistock is a national scandal

5 December 2020 9:00 am

How noble of the British Library to have apologised to the family of the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes for…

The texture of our country is changing before our eyes

5 December 2020 9:00 am

On Saturday night we sat around the kitchen table, my family and I, and had a takeaway from the Turkish…

The case for Chinese reparations

5 December 2020 9:00 am

It is time we started to talk about reparations. I am not of course referring to the demands made by…

Can Boris win round his rebel MPs?

5 December 2020 9:00 am

The beginning of the end for Theresa May was when she tried to see if she could pass her Brexit…

The public sector delusion

28 November 2020 9:00 am

I wonder how much more money we will have to bung the teachers in order to inculcate within them an…

We need a dose of vaccine realism

28 November 2020 9:00 am

One of my geniuses as both a commentator and a character is to confront what for most normal people amounts…

Soft-left squatters have taken over the Lib Dems

28 November 2020 9:00 am

I was never afraid of Jeremy Corbyn, never afraid of Momentum. I’ve never really feared Britain’s hard left at all.…