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Why C.S. Lewis was right about war

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Well, at least Covid is over. No sooner had Vladimir Putin’s tanks rolled into Ukraine than the UK’s Covid advisory…

Is global warming really more dangerous than Putin’s nuclear threats?

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Having just dusted down my Geiger counter and argued with the family about whether or not there is room for…

Rising energy bills are a price worth paying to stop Putin

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Nato countries are being careful not to do anything that Russia could claim is an act of war. Just look…

The free world’s new reality

5 March 2022 9:00 am

We are about to see brutality in Europe on a scalethat will be almost beyond our comprehension. Russia is turning…

Has Putin saved Boris?

5 March 2022 9:00 am

It was with some relief that I heard that Labour’s Diane Abbott was opposed to the Russian invasion of Croatia,…

What the right gets wrong about Putin

5 March 2022 9:00 am

A fracture on the international right may seem small fry given everything that is going on right now. But it…

I’ve found a little Eden in London

5 March 2022 9:00 am

I’m not one of life’s early risers but an exception had to be made on Wednesday last week. In an…

The return of Actual Badness

5 March 2022 9:00 am

In the spring of 2020, I advanced an abnormally hopeful proposition: that one blessing that might arise from a pandemic…

Women-only train carriages insult us all

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Sooner or later, somewhere in the UK, we’ll have trains with women-only coaches. It’s an idea which keeps rolling around,…

The tyranny of Trudeau

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Early in the corona era the historian David Starkey gave some thoughts on Covid. ‘We’ve got a Chinese virus,’ he…

In defence of Shakespeare

26 February 2022 9:00 am

My most important new year’s resolution was cast aside this week. I had vowed that in 2022 I would eschew…

For Russian sanctions to work, they must hurt the West too

26 February 2022 9:00 am

No British soldiers will go to fight in Ukraine. The UK’s military involvement will be limited to weapons shipments and…

No one has done more to save Boris than Keir Starmer

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Boris Johnson has a lot of people to thank for his survival in 10 Downing Street, but Keir Starmer should…

Work is no place for your ‘whole self’

19 February 2022 9:00 am

One of the few things I have learned in this life is that Dante Alighieri was wrong. In the Inferno…

We blew our chance to befriend Putin

19 February 2022 9:00 am

You have the advantage over me. It may be that you are reading this now in your makeshift fallout shelter,…

Taking Ukraine would finish Putin

19 February 2022 9:00 am

‘Never interrupt your enemy,’ said Napoleon, ‘when he is making a mistake.’ A Russian invasion and occupation of Ukraine would…

Our monetary bubble is about to burst

19 February 2022 9:00 am

OK, I finally watched Netflix’s Don’t Look Up. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it — especially before its effective subtitle for us…

Is Britain heading for an opioid crisis?

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Almost everyone here that I’ve spoken to about it assumes that the opioid crisis in the United States won’t ever…

In defence of bad jokes

12 February 2022 9:00 am

I was once at a terrific Shabbat dinner where late in the evening one of the other guests suddenly said:…

The battle for the Tory party’s soul

12 February 2022 9:00 am

When news broke over the weekend that former minister Nick Gibb had become the 14th Tory MP to publicly call…

Nicola Sturgeon’s last laugh

12 February 2022 9:00 am

I was delighted to discover that the University of Bristol has been advising students how to address those who identify…

Boris will never recover from partygate

5 February 2022 9:00 am

When a political party is hit by a crisis, the tendency these days is for both the politicians and their…

The Chancellor's horrible task ahead

5 February 2022 9:00 am

Whether Rishi Sunak is prime minister or still chancellor this spring, fate is handing him a poisoned chalice. Looking back,…

Is our Ukrainian ambassador OK?

5 February 2022 9:00 am

I know the following sentence is going to get me into trouble. Still, there are times when you wonder whether…

Kamala Harris and the problem of affirmative action

5 February 2022 9:00 am

In lauding Joe Biden’s promise to fill the upcoming vacancy on the US Supreme Court with a black woman, last…