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Shouldn't we feel sorry for Hunter Biden?

16 July 2022 9:00 am

Scandal is such a wonderful driver of human emotions. Just think of the number of things you get to feel…

The age of the anti-natalists

9 July 2022 9:00 am

As of 2023, the novel for which I may still be best known will have been out for 20 years.…

Playing the ace card

9 July 2022 9:00 am

The radical feminist publishing house Verso has begun, in its tweets, to refer to a section of the population as…

The truth about life as a gay Tory MP

9 July 2022 9:00 am

Male Tory MPs molesting young men? Buttock-squeezing and groin-fumbling at a private members’ club? A middle-aged politician slipping into a…

Who’ll stop the art attackers?

9 July 2022 9:00 am

One problem of being mugged, I am told, is not just the event itself but the dreams of violence that…

‘It’s just about him’: who can dislodge Boris?

9 July 2022 9:00 am

Westminster has always been run more by convention than by rulebook. Prime ministers are seldom forced out: they are persuaded…

Will Hispanic conservatives transform US politics?

2 July 2022 9:00 am

If you had to take a guess on which American political party would produce the first Mexican-born Congresswoman, which one…

Beware the sex party bores

2 July 2022 9:00 am

You know you’re getting old when your friends start going to sex parties. In our twenties, there were parties, and…

The law of unintended consequences

2 July 2022 9:00 am

When I awoke the other morning and switched on my radio, the airwaves were alive with the sound of furious,…

Why tactical voting is so dangerous for the Tories

2 July 2022 9:00 am

Boris Johnson has always been a celebrity politician. It is one of the reasons why the normal rules of politics…

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…