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Theresa May’s Brexit strategy has humiliated Britain

23 March 2019 9:00 am

The government has lost the ability to run the country. It is no longer in charge of its own destiny,…

Brexiteers and Remainers can’t both be right about Bercow’s ruling

23 March 2019 9:00 am

Has there been a Brexit disaster? It depends on your point of view. When John Bercow ruled that the Prime…

Speaker-speak: the maddening rhetoric of John Bercow

23 March 2019 9:00 am

Much has recently been written about the incumbent Commons Speaker, from (vigorously denied) allegations of bullying to (less vigorously denied)…

When will Britain stop poaching the world’s medics and train our own instead?

23 March 2019 9:00 am

For years, Britain has been failing to train enough doctors and has been importing them instead. This has been a…

‘The Islamic State will never die’: their territory is gone but the jihadis are always with us

23 March 2019 9:00 am

 Beirut As I write, Isis is still holding out on a few hundred square yards of dirt in the village…

We thought New Zealand was safe from extremism. We were wrong

23 March 2019 9:00 am

In a blink, everything has changed and yet nothing has changed. Life goes on. The long, hot days of a…

Why do we love The Archers, when all the characters are loathsome?

23 March 2019 9:00 am

OK, Archers fans out there. All five million of you. Ask yourselves a straightforward question. Why on earth do you…

A viral hit: how the Christchurch killer weaponised internet culture

23 March 2019 9:00 am

‘Remember, lads: Subscribe to PewDiePie.’ With these words, the killer began broadcasting his slaughter of 50 worshippers at two mosques…

Excellent creatures

The triumphant return of the British beaver

23 March 2019 9:00 am

I know a magical West Country woodland where a sunlit stream meanders through the great oaks, with a series of…

Meltdown: three years on and we are no closer to a Brexit resolution

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Almost three years have passed since Britain voted to leave the European Union, and yet we are still no closer…

How likely is an imminent general election?

16 March 2019 9:00 am

When a British government loses control over parliament, the natural remedy is to hold a general election. Why prolong everyone’s…

The way to change anti-vaccine campaigners’ minds

16 March 2019 9:00 am

What a baffling group of people anti-vaxxers are. They rail against one of the miracles of modern medicine, peddling scare…

Confrontation between a soldier and an IRA suspect, 30 January 1972

The case for prosecuting Bloody Sunday ‘Soldier F’

16 March 2019 9:00 am

It is more than 15 years since the Bloody Sunday soldiers last appeared in public. For months I sat in…

Never Mind The Bollocks: a punk’s view of Brexit

16 March 2019 9:00 am

One of the great things about touring with a band is that it gets me away from my little west…

Who could have predicted tarot cards would be back in vogue?

16 March 2019 9:00 am

I first met a tarot reader in a hotel lobby in central London on my birthday four years ago. I…

What happened when an innocent Christian preacher was accused of Islamophobia?

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Being a street preacher can be a thankless business. Since moving to Britain from Nigeria nine years ago, 64-year-old Oluwole…

The ruins of Carbury Castle, Co. Kildare

The unique, bittersweet beauty of Irish ruins

16 March 2019 9:00 am

The Celtic Tiger has come and gone. Over the past 30 years, billions of pounds poured into Irish houses and…

The woke corporation: how campus madness entered the workplace

9 March 2019 9:00 am

New employees at the British headquarters of Accenture, a global management consultancy, were slightly taken aback during a recent induction…

Dominique Swain as Lolita and Jeremy Irons as Humbert in Adrian Lyne’s 1997 film (Rex Fea-tures)

Would any publisher dare to print Lolita now?

9 March 2019 9:00 am

The other day Will Self unburdened himself on the state of fiction with crushing hauteur. ‘What’s now regarded as serious…

A woman advertises for a partner for her child in Shanghai’s People’s Park

Would your son marry me? Inside Shanghai’s marriage market

9 March 2019 9:00 am

 Shanghai ‘How old are you, young lady?’ A small, curious crowd starts to surround me. ‘How tall are you? What…

Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund’s star player (Lukas Schulze/Bundesliga/DFL via Getty Imag-es)

I watched Jadon Sancho grow up. That’s why I know he’s Britain’s next footballing megastar

9 March 2019 9:00 am

How much is Jadon Sancho worth? Fifty million? A hundred million? As the speculation mounts, the numbers keep growing. Jadon…

Justin Trudeau has fallen from grace – and he has no one to blame but himself

9 March 2019 9:00 am

An Italian friend who lives in Rome texted me to ask about the current political crisis in Canada that is…

Delhi notebook: Nuclear war is not around the corner

9 March 2019 9:00 am

India is not preparing for war, but picking up the newspapers in Delhi you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise.…

It may seem incredible, but I’d trust an Italian over a Frenchman any day

9 March 2019 9:00 am

For a few years before coming to Italy, I lived in Paris and I cannot tell you the life-enhancing difference…

Breaking point: can either Labour or the Tories survive Brexit?

2 March 2019 9:00 am

The only certainty in the Brexit process is that there is no certainty. Brexiteers had long sought solace in the…