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Does aid do more harm than good?

17 February 2018 9:00 am

What a scandal for our times. Oxfam, that upholder of modern-day virtue, unassailable in its righteousness, buried for seven years…

Why we keep ignoring NGO sex scandals

17 February 2018 9:00 am

One of the oddest things about the Oxfam sex scandal is how little we all seem to care. Even now,…

Homer’s Trojan War epic richly deserves its lavish new BBC adaptation

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Did the Trojan War really take place? The Foreign Secretary certainly thinks so. ‘The Iliad must have happened,’ Boris Johnson…

In defence of Christopher Steele

17 February 2018 9:00 am

There are two Trump-Russia ‘conspiracies’. In one, the US President is bought or blackmailed by the Kremlin. In the other,…

My Sri Lankan stroke: how a book festival turned into a horror story

17 February 2018 9:00 am

This time last year, it seemed that life couldn’t get much better for me: I had a new book out…

Stop and search is our best weapon in the fight against crime

17 February 2018 9:00 am

According to the latest recorded crime figures in England and Wales, there has been a steep rise in violence. Knife…

Why is Virgin East Coast ditching its quiet coach?

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Virgin East Coast, reneging on its franchise, is not in anyone’s good books at the moment, but since it is…

Founded by Constantine: the Catholic cathedral

Marx in Trier

17 February 2018 9:00 am

‘Trier hates you,’ reads the graffiti outside the Karl-Marx-Wohnhaus in Trier. Actually, that’s a bit unfair. Trier doesn’t hate Marx,…

This is the stock market crash we needed

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Since the crash ten years ago, stock markets the world over have been steadily recovering. The Dow Jones, a bellwether…

Violent crime in Sweden is soaring. When will politicians act?

10 February 2018 9:00 am

January was a particularly violent month in Sweden. A 63-year-old man was killed in Stockholm by a hand grenade lying…

Michael Moorcock: Why banning opioids has been a disaster for me

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Returning to the United States a short while ago I received a stern talking to from an immigration officer. Why…

Cult figure: Dr Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson doesn’t go nearly far enough

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Now that I seem to have become a prophet of doom, I wonder whether I should have been a guru…

17 reasons why we should love Brexit

10 February 2018 9:00 am

‘But what are you going to do with the powers?’ the minister asked, while I negotiated devolution of powers to…

Is it okay to laugh at dwarfs?

10 February 2018 9:00 am

You’re planning a party. You’ve hired the vaults of a former bank, Le Caprice is doing the catering, and a…

For ever France: the Abbaye Saint-Michel

Abbaye Saint-Michel, a little corner of England that’s forever France

10 February 2018 9:00 am

‘A little corner of England which is for ever France, irreclaimably French.’ That is how the Catholic priest Monsignor Ronald…

Theresa May must lead or go

3 February 2018 9:00 am

The Brexit ‘inner cabinet’ met on Monday. It was meant to be an important meeting, one which made some real…

In the face of strongmen, conservatives are letting their principles vanish

3 February 2018 9:00 am

In 1989, the year Soviet communism collapsed, John O’Sullivan, Margaret Thatcher’s former speechwriter, gave the world O’Sullivan’s First Law of…

Inmates making crack pipes. Gangmasters run drug and extortion rackets from the inside

In chaotic Venezuela, life is better in prison

3 February 2018 9:00 am

‘I murder people!’ says Elanger matter-of-factly in response to my question about what he does for a living. From the…

Can I be taught how to become a #MeToo Man?

3 February 2018 9:00 am

These are tough times for what I call the #MeToo Men — those white, liberal, high-minded men who pride themselves…

Inhuman face: relying on robots to entertain or care for us could leave humans too vulnerable

What will it mean for mankind when robots start caring for us?

3 February 2018 9:00 am

‘I gotta be me,’ Sammy Davis Jr. croons as the android Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) steadies her horse, stands…

Boris Titov doesn’t want to be president but he’s still taking on Putin

3 February 2018 9:00 am

Boris Titov is running to be president of Russia, but he’s eager to talk himself out of the job. ‘I…

A nose for trouble: the beagle

Playful, adorable – and with a real nose for trouble: In praise of the beagle

3 February 2018 9:00 am

Harvey’s finest moment, he would tell you, was the chicken kiev. I’d just made the garlic butter and inserted it…

East vs West: the new battle for Europe

27 January 2018 9:00 am

The occasion was a central European conference on the subversive disinformation campaigns of Putin’s Russia (which, incidentally, are real, subtle,…

This is Ukip’s Britain. The rest of us just live in it

27 January 2018 9:00 am

The continuing saga of Henry Bolton’s notional leadership of Ukip continues to amaze and amuse and appal in equal measure.…

A day of reckoning is coming for America’s muddled Middle East policies

27 January 2018 9:00 am

 Beirut ‘If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense,’ said Alice. ‘Nothing would be what it…