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Britain and its allies are opening the way for yet another Iraq war

18 November 2017 9:00 am

After the most intensive street-by-street combat since 1945, Isis’s so-called caliphate is no more. Last weekend, the Iraqi government won…

Does Theresa May’s zombie government even want to survive?

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Dealing with a hung parliament was never going to be easy, but no one quite foresaw the decay which now…

Gordon Brown’s memoirs show he is good at blowing his own trumpet – but nothing else

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Gordon Brown has pitched his memoirs as the honest confessions of a decent man. He failed to win the one…

Identity issues

28 October 2017 9:00 am

It was always going to be difficult for Theresa May’s government to secure a legacy beyond Brexit. With the negotiations…

The Kurds are on their own

21 October 2017 9:00 am

The routing of Isis in northern Iraq ought to be a time of international celebration, but as ever in the…

The new tycoons

14 October 2017 9:00 am

The giants of the internet have long said that they are not publishers but mere platforms — or couriers —…

Tory blues

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Theresa May’s conference speech — interrupted by coughing fits and with part of the set falling apart behind her —…

It’s time to talk trade

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Thirty years ago, the Conservatives would have had no problem countering what Jeremy Corbyn had to offer in Brighton. But…

A fallen idol

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Few world leaders have fallen from grace as quickly as Aung San Suu Kyi. The Nobel prize-winner, who also holds…

Red Tories

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn has never been very keen on parliamentary democracy. He may be changing his mind now. The British electoral…

Keeping faith

9 September 2017 9:00 am

For Church of England vicars who worry less about what they will preach on Sunday than whether there will be…

Call Barnier’s bluff

2 September 2017 9:00 am

There is a growing perception that Britain is floundering in its EU negotiations, with a professional team from Brussels running…

Hard lessons

26 August 2017 9:00 am

George Tomlinson, the post-war education secretary, declared that politicians should leave exams to the teachers because ‘the minister knows nowt…

America’s identity crisis

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Long before student activists started talking about pulling down statues of Cecil Rhodes, a cultural war was being waged in…

Corbyn’s fallen idols

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn finally broke his silence on Venezuela this week, but in the manner of a man who has his…

Crunch time

5 August 2017 9:00 am

For anyone considering a career in economic forecasting, the Bank of England’s inflation report for August 2007 ought to be…

Playing chicken

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Besides being important in themselves, the trade talks between Britain and the United States which began this week are symbolic…

Let May govern

22 July 2017 9:00 am

It used to be said that loyalty was the Conservatives’ secret weapon. While other parties might descend into internecine warfare,…

Hope in Mosul

15 July 2017 9:00 am

For the title of world’s most benighted city, Mosul takes some beating. Liberated from Saddam Hussein by US forces in…

The beginning is nigh

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Just a few weeks ago, the Conservatives triumphed in the local government elections and Theresa May was hailed as an…

Stronger together

1 July 2017 9:00 am

There is unlikely to be much of a legacy from Theresa May’s premiership, which could yet be truncated a short…

Opening gambit

24 June 2017 9:00 am

The unexpected outcome of the general election has led some to hope that a weakened government will be forced to…

The thin blue line

17 June 2017 9:00 am

The lessons to be learned from the Conservatives’ poor showing in the election could fill more pages than the national…

May needs her party

10 June 2017 9:00 am

As if we needed reminding, this past week has shown that the Islamist threat is a truly global problem. In…

May’s mistakes

3 June 2017 9:00 am

On the eve of the US presidential election, experts at Princeton university decided that Donald Trump had a 1 per…