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Germany’s ailing economy can’t afford a no-deal Brexit

12 October 2019 9:00 am

The UK was the ‘sick man’ when we ‘joined Europe’ in 1973. Now, with Britain on the cusp of leaving,…

Could this self-made billionaire become France’s first Muslim president?

12 October 2019 9:00 am

The French writer Michel Houellebecq has a disconcerting habit of correctly predicting unsettling events. In 2001 in Plateforme he predicted…

Why do we keep pretending that children are wiser than adults?

12 October 2019 9:00 am

We’ve begun to behave as if young people are special; more virtuous and wiser than adults. It’s wrong and it’s…

To solve Britain’s social care crisis, follow the Dutch example

12 October 2019 9:00 am

More than a decade ago, four Dutch nurses decided something needed to be done about their country’s care in the…

The lessons I learned at my Oxford gaudy

12 October 2019 9:00 am

I went to a gaudy last weekend. Several British universities now host these splendid events; mine was at Worcester College,…

The death of civilised debate

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Today nearly all real public discussion has become impossible. Which is why nearly all public thinking has become impossible. Which…

For political discourse to survive, we must be more honest about language

5 October 2019 9:00 am

When I was an English literature undergraduate, we were all very careful to avoid what used to be called the…

Paul Dacre: Do I regret the ‘Enemies of the people’ front page? Hell no!

5 October 2019 9:00 am

So what to make of the extreme language, veering from the histrionic to the hysterical, dominating political discourse? The words…

Young recycling zealots are talking rubbish

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Church attendances may be falling, but there’s a new religion in town: recycling. Its followers are devout and full of…

‘It wasn’t the Russian people who poisoned Skripal, it was just a few guys’: Alexander Lebedev interviewed

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Who wants to be a billionaire? Not, apparently, Alexander Lebedev, the self-described ‘Russian ex-oligarch’ who has tried billionaredom and found…

The men I’ve groped (including Boris)

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Charlotte Edwardes reports that Boris put his hand on her leg during lunch 20 years ago. Full disclosure, I put…

Brexit grifters are making a killing selling useless advice

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Over the past three years, as we have torturously debated our departure from the European Union, we have heard a…

Small but perfectly formed: The Romney and Hythe Railway

5 October 2019 9:00 am

‘The smallest public railway in the world.’ So proclaims a faded poster at New Romney Station, the midpoint of the…

There is only one law: there must be no Brexit

28 September 2019 9:00 am

You’re surprised? Really? What are you surprised by? The specifics — that 11 non-elected, mostly public-school-educated judges, and doubtlessly Remainers…

The torture chamber: how opposition MPs plan to humiliate Boris

28 September 2019 9:00 am

When Jeremy Corbyn declared at Labour conference that his party would only allow an election once no deal had been…

Paul Embery: Labour is too much Hampstead, not enough Hartlepool

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Arrived in Remain-on-sea (also known as Brighton) for Labour party conference. As an old-fashioned trade unionist hailing from a working-class…

Why try to impeach Donald Trump?

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Democrats have long criticized Donald Trump for his addiction to Twitter, his rolling-news attention span, the backlit narcissism of his…

‘Cameron was a bloody good prime minister’: Michael Gove interviewed

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Michael Gove stands in front of an empty throne in the magnificent Cabinet Office room. George III was the last…

Cast off: how knitters turned nasty

28 September 2019 9:00 am

At first glance, Nathan Taylor might seem the very definition of a ‘right on’ hipster. He goes by the name…

Why do we write dedications in books?

28 September 2019 9:00 am

When my siblings and I were clearing out my dad’s bookshelves (he died earlier this year), I made sure to…

Justin Trudeau is not a racist – but he is a fool

28 September 2019 9:00 am

The election campaign was off to an unexciting start even by Canada’s standards. A well-known but fluffy incumbent, Liberal Justin…

The alliance between America and Saudi Arabia is over

28 September 2019 9:00 am

The oil-for-security alliance between the US and Saudi Arabia, forged in 1945 when Franklin D. Roosevelt met King Abdul Aziz…

We have the French Revolution to thank for Ordnance Survey maps

28 September 2019 9:00 am

You could say it started because of the French. The turmoil caused by their revolution got the British military worried…

Judgment day: the danger of courts taking over politics

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Who runs Britain? When Boris Johnson’s lawyers made their case in front of the Supreme Court this week, defending his…

How to stop drones

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Drones have come of age in the war on terror. When the United States and Britain invaded Afghanistan in 2001,…