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The case for hiking interest rates

25 June 2022 9:00 am

Check out these hyperventilating headlines from last week: ‘What the Fed’s largest interest rate hike in decades means for you’…

What took you so long, Seb Coe?

25 June 2022 9:00 am

There’s a left-wing internet advocacy group called 38 Degrees which suggests to its followers that all they have to do…

Our shifting definition of shame

25 June 2022 9:00 am

In this most holy month of Pride I have been making my observances by thinking about shame. After all, shame…

British politics is stuck

25 June 2022 9:00 am

One of the favourite phrases of British political commentators is ‘oppositions don’t win elections, governments lose them’. As with all…

In defence of Carrie Johnson

25 June 2022 9:00 am

One is not usually surprised by opinions volunteered to parliamentary hopefuls by voters on whose doors the candidate has knocked;…

The January 6 hearings are partisan political theatre

18 June 2022 9:00 am

Is it possible to hold two ideas in our heads at once? If so, I should like to put forward…

If only Tom Cruise would ditch his cult

18 June 2022 9:00 am

I keep reading that Tom Cruise is the Last Great Movie Star, as if he’s some noble but endangered animal.…

The reason Glastonbury is so white

18 June 2022 9:00 am

The former comedian Sir Lenny Henry has questioned why there seem to be so few black people at rock festivals…

Boris Johnson’s loss of authority

18 June 2022 9:00 am

There is an uneasy truce in the Tory party. The 148 MPs who voted no confidence in Boris Johnson last…

The Tory cadets who want a shot at the top

11 June 2022 9:00 am

When Conservative prime ministers face a problem of logistics – from ambulance-driver shortages to border-force failures – there is a…

I’m out to get Boris

11 June 2022 9:00 am

‘Steady on, old chap. You’re a bit hard on the boy.’ The arm around my shoulder was that of Boris…

The British Empire’s despicable treatment of mermaids

11 June 2022 9:00 am

I may have broken the law this week, without having intended to, so great was my rush to return home.…

A win for the film critics of Bradford

11 June 2022 9:00 am

As a general rule, you should never talk about a film you haven’t seen. But The Lady of Heaven is…

Does advertising matter?

11 June 2022 9:00 am

‘Stop! Don’t fast-forward. I love this advert!’ How often do you say that? Considering that some commercial breaks run to…

How to win my vote

4 June 2022 9:00 am

The repeated injunction that we should all ‘move on’ from worrying our silly heads about partygate is as otiose as…

Not all masculinity is ‘toxic’

4 June 2022 9:00 am

Anyone who has passed through an education in thepast decade will have encountered the term ‘toxic masculinity’. It is one…

The closing of the Chinese mind

4 June 2022 9:00 am

I was born in Nanjing five years after the Tiananmen Square protests. By then, records of the demonstrations and the…

Boris may be toppled by accident

4 June 2022 9:00 am

Every Tory leader fears a plot against them. Their paranoia isn’t helped by the layout of Westminster, which lends itself…

For Boris, the hard bit is just beginning

28 May 2022 9:00 am

Boris Johnson has been plunged back into the mire of partygate. The publication of a photograph of Johnson raising a…

Why I was almost thrown out of South Africa

28 May 2022 9:00 am

On my 2 p.m. arrival for a week-long work trip to South Africa a fortnight ago, an immigration agent flapped…

Monkeypox, Covid and the trouble with our species

28 May 2022 9:00 am

I hate to be one of those columnists who says ‘I told you so’. But I told you so. Looking…

Are you paying attention?

28 May 2022 9:00 am

I have just posted a score of 1,625,000 on Bubbleshooter, my best yet. Bubbleshooter is a game where you fire…

The close friend I never really knew

28 May 2022 9:00 am

I have just read an extraordinary new book. It’s by a close and old pal whom I’d count as one…

What we learnt from Eurovision

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Twice during the Eurovision Song Contest our television lost the signal and the set went blank – once, mercifully, during…

Boris’s plan to divide and conquer

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Boris Johnson has never quite been able to decide whether he wants to be a great unifier or a great…