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Why would Britain want to be a member of a club like the EU?

21 September 2019 9:00 am

The past three years of agonising non-progress on Brexit have damaged Britain in many ways. Our political institutions have looked…

Britain’s jobs miracle proves there is no reason to fear technology

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Another week, another set of economic figures that suggest the country is showing remarkable resilience while politics implodes. Rather than…

The next election will be a referendum – on Corbynism

7 September 2019 9:00 am

The next general election will have been precipitated by, and will inevitably be fought over, Brexit. Yet it will also…

The G7’s doomed effort to preserve the hegemony of white power

31 August 2019 9:00 am

When the G7 was first convened in 1976 it made sense for those countries to gather. In a world divided…

To get a deal Boris needs to show (or fake) some humility

24 August 2019 9:00 am

There were many Brexiteers who were urging Boris Johnson to travel to Washington before he went anywhere else, to underline…

Where’s Boris?

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Before Boris Johnson became Prime Minister there was widespread expectation that his government would be chaotic. It was thought that…

Trade deals can destroy native industries – but they still boost wealth creation

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Comments by the former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers this week, claiming that Britain will come off poorly in negotiations…

If politicians are still in denial about Boris’s Brexit, the currency markets are not

3 August 2019 9:00 am

In his first week as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has shocked those who had assumed that he is a joker…

If Boris achieves a deal with the EU, he will be unassailable

27 July 2019 9:00 am

It’s hard to think of a prime minister who has reached No. 10 with lower expectations. Boris Johnson has been…

It’s not just Scotland’s drugs shame – it’s Britain’s

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Twenty years ago, the Scottish parliament was reconvened after a lapse of almost three centuries. The logic for devolution was…

The Tories can profit from Labour panic

13 July 2019 9:00 am

In some alternative universe the Labour party, as under Tony Blair in the mid 1990s, is busily preparing for government,…

The Hong Kong protesters deserve Britain’s full support

6 July 2019 9:00 am

When the tanks were rolling into Tiananmen Square and the Cold War hadn’t yet formally come to an end, it…

Britain will soon have to pick a side in the US-Iran spat

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Crises in the Gulf and Conservative leadership elections come around with unnerving regularity. It is not unknown for both to…

The Tory party has no choice but to bet on Boris

22 June 2019 9:00 am

When Boris Johnson was appointed editor of this magazine two decades ago, an unkind soul said it was like ‘entrusting…

The leadership contest exposes how few Tories have a clue about the economy

15 June 2019 9:00 am

‘Choice’ is a word that is used liberally in Conservative thinking — whether it be about schools, hospitals or consumer…

Playing chicken: Trade deals with the US will make Britain stronger

8 June 2019 9:00 am

Why is it that free trade, which almost everyone agrees is good when conducted with other European countries, suddenly becomes…

The Trump card: We should welcome Donald Trump’s visit – and treat him as a friend

1 June 2019 9:00 am

The day after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Donald Trump arrived by helicopter at Turnberry, his golf course…

The end of May: Theresa must go so the Tories can heal

25 May 2019 9:00 am

This week’s European election was always going to be pointless, at least from a British perspective. It is possible that…

The truth about British inequality? It has very little to do with income

18 May 2019 9:00 am

This week the Institute for Fiscal Studies announced a five-year study into inequality in Britain, to be led by the…

A royal baby reminds us why the monarchy matters

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Strictly in terms of its implications for the succession, the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son this…

The Tories are giving a masterclass in how to lose elections

4 May 2019 9:00 am

When a political party is in trouble, we see infighting, leak inquiries, resignations, dismissals and botched attempts to depose the…

How not to fight a war on terror

27 April 2019 9:00 am

It has become commonplace to describe terror attacks as ‘senseless’. The horrific Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, which cost…

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Hope will rise out of the ashes of Notre Dame

20 April 2019 9:00 am

‘Great edifices, like great mountains, are the work of centuries,’ wrote Victor Hugo in Notre-Dame de Paris. ‘The man, the…

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It’s vital to keep good relations with our EU allies – and we need a leader who’s up to the challenge

13 April 2019 9:00 am

The European Union’s official goal — an ever-closer union of people — remains its single most attractive feature. Our continent…

If the EU refuses an extension, voters want a no-deal Brexit. MPs should listen

6 April 2019 9:00 am

One of the many tragedies of Theresa May’s premiership is that, having come up with a coherent policy on how…