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The long death of South Africa’s political centre

2 November 2019 9:00 am

 Cape Town Last Sunday, when South Africa beat Wales to go through to the rugby World Cup final against England,…

The unlikely beauty of urinals

2 November 2019 9:00 am

In 1966, just as he was becoming famous, Michael Caine met John Wayne. The Holly-wood veteran offered him some advice:…

Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal has changed everything

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Ever since Boris Johnson became Prime Minister his opponents — both inside and outside his party — have been convinced…

Caroline Flint: why I’m backing this Brexit deal

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Nothing in Caroline Flint’s CV would have marked her out as someone who would end up marshalling 19 of her…

A Halloween short story: by The Woman in Black’s Susan Hill

26 October 2019 9:00 am

‘This is a true story…’ Right. Only this time, it really is. There are no wails, whistling winds or taps…

An ‘I’ for a ‘my’: why we’re terrified of getting our grammar wrong

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Jonathan Agnew recently described off-the-record interviews as those where you agree that it’s ‘between you and I’. Last month, Jess…

Bomb attacks are now a normal part of Swedish life

26 October 2019 9:00 am

 Stockholm One night last week, explosions took place in three different locations in and around Stockholm. There were no injuries…

Joan Collins: why I love London taxi drivers

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Percy and I have seen quite a few movies recently and enjoyed many of them, which is rare. But the…

The Grand Union Canal, a serene sanctuary amid the urban sprawl

26 October 2019 9:00 am

It was a Saturday afternoon in September, the end of summer, and I was feeling sorry for myself. I’d gone…

Jacob Rees-Mogg: ‘I am enormously environmentally friendly by driving old Bentleys’

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Jacob Rees-Mogg sits at a mahogany table in his office drinking black coffee from a Spode cup. Across from him…

The Canadian election is turning into a comedy of cringe

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Next week my compatriots will cast their votes in what has arguably been the worst Canadian election ever. By ‘worst’…

Kurdish politician Hervin Khalaf, who was apparently pulled from her car and executed last week by Turkish-backed paramilitaries [Photo: Getty]

Pax Russica: as Trump abandons Syria’s Kurds, Russia is ready to expand its empire

19 October 2019 9:00 am

While American troops were hurriedly leaving north-eastern Syria, a young female Kurdish politician called Hervin Khalaf was pulled from her…

It’s down to the wire – and Boris only has one chance to survive

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Here is my ideal scenario. Having failed to push through a deal to leave the European Union, either in the…

Tat Britain: Museum gift shops are naff – but necessary

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Exit through the gift shop. Pick up a postcard, a magnet, a novelty eggcup in the shape of Queen Elizabeth…

Parents and children demonstrate against the No Outsiders programme at Parkfield School in Birmingham in March [Photo: Getty]

Should Muslim parents be allowed to challenge LGBT lessons?

19 October 2019 9:00 am

We saw two different worlds, or at least two different value systems, collide in the High Court in Birmingham this…

It’s not just hooligans – hipsters also love a football shirt

19 October 2019 9:00 am

When I was young, from about the age of nine to 13, I went through what my parents recall with…

There’s no deal – so what next?

12 October 2019 9:00 am

There will be no last-minute deal. The talks between the UK and the EU have effectively broken down. It isn’t…

The commercialisation of shooting may kill the whole sport

12 October 2019 9:00 am

A few years ago I was sitting on the sofa at Sandringham enjoying a ham sandwich with the Queen’s then-head…

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…