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My phone call with God

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Got slightly wrecked over the bank holiday weekend and had hoped to kind of glide through the early part of…

The art of changing your mind

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Some years ago there was a study at Harvard that tried to find out what people did when they held…

The cult of sensitivity

23 April 2022 9:00 am

I was extra pleased to have swerved the modern curse that is Wordle when I read that ‘sensitive’ words have…

What Rishi Sunak could learn from George Osborne

16 April 2022 9:00 am

I was walking last week from Canary Wharf tube station to my flat in east London – not far, little…

A question of bravery

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Joe Biden announced in November: ‘Transgender people are some of the bravest Americans I know.’ When Conservative MP Jamie Wallis…

Durham’s maths problem

16 April 2022 9:00 am

More exciting news arrives from Britain’s dimmest university, Durham, which is embarking on a programme to ‘decolonise’ mathematics. About time.…

Rishi Sunak’s political naivety

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Before the war in Ukraine, ministers and Tory MPs believed a fixedpenalty notice for the Prime Minister would mean the…

I feel sorry for Rishi Sunak

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Perhaps I should stress from the get-go that I do not know Rishi Sunak. So far as I know, we’ve…

Can I convert you to my opinion?

9 April 2022 9:00 am

I see that on the issue of gay conversion therapy, the Prime Minister has been floating around all over the…

How to lose an election

9 April 2022 9:00 am

I have remarked here before about our era’s tendency to accept election results if your side wins but to reject…

Our children are at breaking point – and it’s our fault

9 April 2022 9:00 am

I think it’s time we stopped scaring the children. I think they’ve had enough. They’re at breaking point now, every…

The changing face of No. 10

9 April 2022 9:00 am

David Canzini has made quite an impression since he joined No. 10 as the Prime Minister’s deputy chief of staff…

I’m taking in a Ukrainian

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Delighted though we all are that Benedict Cumberbatch has decided to allow a Ukrainian family to live in one of…

How to avoid heating your house

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Spring commonly augers a quickening warmth, but for Britons this year the season coincides with a chilling marker: a 54…

The three stumbling blocks to a Ukraine peace deal

2 April 2022 9:00 am

A month in, and the war in Ukraine looks very different to how anyone expected. On the first day of…

How should Prince William respond to questions about slavery?

2 April 2022 9:00 am

It is uncanny how swiftly British culture imitates the worst of American culture. Take Whoopi Goldberg, who distinguished herself again…

In defence of healthy opposition

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Glasses chinked. From massive chandeliers, lights glittered beneath the high vaulted ceiling; heroic statuary around the carved stone walls stared…

The day I nearly brought RT down

26 March 2022 9:00 am

It is interesting to watch Ofcom finally remove the broadcasting licence from the Russian propaganda channel Russia Today (RT). I…

What schools should be teaching

26 March 2022 9:00 am

The state of Florida recently passed a piece of legislation making it illegal for teachers to hold discussions with pupils…

The Chancellor’s difficult choices

26 March 2022 9:00 am

The Office for Budget Responsibility was designed to protect the Chancellor from accusations that he is cooking the books. If…

What can save China from Covid?

19 March 2022 9:00 am

It is tempting to believe that we have gone from one crisis to another: Russia invaded Ukraine hours after Covid…

Why are so few Americans willing to defend their country?

19 March 2022 9:00 am

For many of us war voyeurs watching the news with a glass of sherry, admiration of the little-engine-that-could Ukrainian fighters…

Nobody will forget what Russia has done

19 March 2022 9:00 am

At the heart of the West’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sits an ambiguity that it is convenient, perhaps…

The West has rediscovered its purpose

19 March 2022 9:00 am

Over recent days I have been reflecting on War and Peace. Or Special Operation and Peace as it must now…

The myth that Russia and Ukraine are fighting over

12 March 2022 9:00 am

It seems strange now that any of us ever imagined that Putin might not invade. He thinks of Ukraine as…