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Confessions of a catnapper

18 May 2024 9:00 am

As Christopher Snowdon recently pointed out, the past few governments have had a habit of passing laws that are either…

Do voters really prefer Starmer?

11 May 2024 9:00 am

Rishi Sunak has been widely ridiculed for trying to spin the local election results as bad news for Keir Starmer.…

Who decides which politicians are liars?

4 May 2024 9:00 am

This week the Welsh parliament has been debating a law that would ban politicians from lying. Assuming it ends up…

Why won’t Chris Packham have a real debate on climate?

27 April 2024 9:00 am

On Sunday, the BBC did something unusual. It invited Luke Johnson, a climate contrarian, to join a panel with Laura…

Even Orwell’s Thought Police didn’t go as far as Trudeau

20 April 2024 9:00 am

You’d assume the reaction to the SNP’s new hate crime laws would make other authoritarian governments hesitate before introducing similar…

My father’s greatest act of kindness

13 April 2024 9:00 am

I’ve been busy planning a trip to New Zealand and Australia. I’ll be gone for about five weeks from mid-June,…

Could J.K. Rowling be Oxford’s next chancellor?

6 April 2024 9:00 am

Among my generation of Oxford graduates – late fifties, early sixties – there is currently a great deal of talk…

Joe Biden’s dog is out of control

2 March 2024 9:00 am

I was shocked to read about the behaviour of Joe Biden’s dog, Commander. According to a CNN report based on…

I nearly died on my gap year

3 February 2024 9:00 am