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‘For the Jenni, not the few’: the anti-Boris attack line Labour missed

30 November 2019 9:00 am

If the age of deference were still with us, the mortuary tag has now been tied to its toe following…

‘My wife sends me sleep bubbles’: The extraordinary world of Pete Townshend

30 November 2019 9:00 am

When most rock stars have trouble sleeping, they fall back on Valium, temazepam, heroin or Jack Daniel’s. But Pete Townshend,…

The big burly blokes who make infinitely precise pointe shoes by hand

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Pauline, Petrova or Posy? Which Fossil sister are you? Or, rather, which Fossil sister did you hope to be when…

Remain’s last stand: the collapse of the anti-Brexit campaign

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Ever since the referendum, the two strongest political forces in Britain have been Leave and Remain. Loyalty to political parties…

How a PR guru hijacked the People’s Vote campaign

23 November 2019 9:00 am

I have enough self-awareness to know that the public are unlikely to care too much about a spat between a…

Hare coursing gangs are terrorising the countryside

23 November 2019 9:00 am

If you’re driving at dawn or at dusk in the countryside at this time of year, you might well see…

Venice needs Venexit

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Some of Venice’s problems are well known: the challenge of conserving her famous buildings, the dangers of poorly managed mass…

Iceland’s melting glaciers are nothing to panic about

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Is Iceland on the global warming front line? You’d be forgiven for thinking so. We’ve all seen the documentaries where…

‘Instapoetry’ may be popular, but most of it is terrible

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Poetry is on a hot streak. Last year, sales in the UK topped £12 million for the first time —…

Starling murmurations are a display more dazzling than fireworks

23 November 2019 9:00 am

It’s late afternoon in the car park of Workington Asda. A little crowd is gathering in one corner, most of…

Can Nigel Farage take the Tories to victory?

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Despite the consistent poll lead and projections of a majority of about 40 seats, the Tories are still nervous. They…

The five groups of voters the Tories are targeting

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Tory MPs used to think they could rely on telltale signs while out on the campaign trail — a detached…

Trevor Rene’s battle to stay in Britain

16 November 2019 9:00 am

When Boris Johnson edited this magazine, it proposed an amnesty for illegal immigrants — a controversial notion, but an idea…

Exclusive: Dominic Cummings’s secret links to Russia

16 November 2019 9:00 am

This week, a malign foreign actor invaded the British media, spreading disinformation and seeking to meddle in the general election.…

Now is the time for the Tories to be borrowing more

16 November 2019 9:00 am

How should fiscal conservatism be defined? George Osborne inherited a fiscal deficit that was clearly unsustainable. During the panic over…

Be more carthorse: why we would all benefit from a little self-loathing

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Leaving the auditorium of the Royal Opera House last week after The Sleeping Beauty, I passed a woman taking selfie…

OK zoomer, is that really the best you’ve got?

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Every generation and teen subculture likes to put the boot into baby boomers like me. I’ve been physically attacked by…

The joy of rummaging through Gladstone’s annotated books

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Gladstone’s Library began as that most English of things: a great man’s visionary idea. William Gladstone, at the age of…

The mesmerising mediocrity of Trump’s opponents

9 November 2019 9:00 am

If you believe the headlines, President Donald Trump is in deep trouble. The great impeachment saga is gathering pace. House…

Hero or double agent? An encounter with Lech Walesa

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Lech Walesa is probably the most famous of all the thousands — actually millions — who struggled against the oppression…

‘Utterly betrayed’: Britain’s Jews are now politically homeless

9 November 2019 9:00 am

We Jews have evolved to be neurotic; so neurotic that, in certain circumstances, the Syrian border feels slightly safer than…

Franco’s exhumation could help decide the Spanish election

9 November 2019 9:00 am

I was no sooner in Madrid than General Franco was exhumed from his mausoleum not far from El Escorial. An…

George Eliot was much more radical than we give her credit for

9 November 2019 9:00 am

It’s easy to forget, as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of her birth, how radical George Eliot actually was. The…

The war heroes of Northolt Airport

9 November 2019 9:00 am

At 6.50 p.m. on 31 August 1997 a plane touched down at Northolt Airport. It was a lamentable and dismal…

General election 2019: can Boris Johnson succeed where Theresa May failed?

2 November 2019 9:00 am

This general election isn’t the most important in a generation, it is the most significant in the lifetime of anyone…