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Labour needs to be clearer on defence

28 May 2024 5:37 pm

It used to be axiomatic of British politics that the Conservative party held a reputational advantage when it came to…

Will Sunak debate Farage on small boats?

28 May 2024 4:25 pm

It’s a big day for Reform UK as Nigel Farage hosts his first campaign event down in Dover. But prior…

National service won’t create real soldiers

28 May 2024 4:00 pm

There are strong arguments for national service in terms of national solidarity, training and self-discipline. In the end, however, the…

Full list: the MPs quitting their seat at the next election

28 May 2024 3:43 pm

Labour have selected the bulk of their candidates for the next election but the Tories are still a while way…

Sunak introduces the ‘Triple Lock Plus’

28 May 2024 8:30 am

Another day, another big policy pledge from the Tories – and this time it’s a pitch for the grey vote.…

Tory MP suspended for backing Reform successor

28 May 2024 2:50 am

It never rains but it pours for poor Rishi Sunak. After a difficult start for his election campaign, the Prime…

Which seats are the Scottish Tories targeting in the election?

28 May 2024 1:11 am

The Scottish Conservatives were facing a difficult election this summer but SNP leader John Swinney may have thrown them a…

Tory backlash grows over Sunak’s national service pledge

28 May 2024 12:27 am

The Conservative campaign pledge to introduce mandatory national service is still dominating the news two days on. Many of Monday’s…

The good news about the left’s growing resort to intimidation

28 May 2024 12:23 am

It has not escaped the attention of media observers that the current outbreak of violent campus demonstrations is but the…

Private schools can’t complain about Labour’s VAT raid

27 May 2024 11:38 pm

Of course Labour’s policy of charging VAT on private school fees is all about throwing a bit of red meat…

Why is Rachel Reeves so proud of working at the Bank of England?

27 May 2024 10:52 pm

We don’t know much about what taxes she will impose. Nor do we have many clues as to how she…

Starmer’s ‘why Labour’ message needs to get slicker

27 May 2024 10:03 pm

Keir Starmer has been considerably less discombobulated by the election announcement than the party that made it, but he still…

The grandstanding against the Hay Festival is short-sighted

27 May 2024 10:00 pm

When the country’s largest literary festival parts ways with its main sponsor, it is not usually a cause for rejoicing among writers,…

France has become Europe’s Wild West

27 May 2024 9:16 pm

New Caledonia must not become the ‘Wild West’ declared Emmanuel Macron last week during his flying visit to the Pacific…

There’s trouble ahead for Taiwan’s new president

27 May 2024 8:03 pm

Not many inaugural ceremonies bring together dragons, dancers, rappers, and a 10-metre-high blue horse breathing steam out of its nostrils.…

Tories race to find 160 candidates

27 May 2024 7:08 pm

The decision to call a snap election last Wednesday caught many in Tory and Labour high command by surprise. Both…

Kim Jong Un’s catchy propaganda revamp

27 May 2024 5:00 pm

Think of North Korean propaganda and you might think of old-fashioned revolutionary marches praising the Supreme Leader, denouncing the United…

The logic of national service

27 May 2024 4:00 pm

It would be hard to argue that the Conservatives have had a flawless start to the 2024 general election campaign.…

‘No mow May’ isn’t long enough

27 May 2024 4:00 pm

There’s one way of getting the look of the Chelsea Flower show winner, Ula Maria’s forest bathing garden, and that’s…

Could Scotland decide the election result?

27 May 2024 3:45 pm

The starting gun for the general election has been fired. This 2019 parliament is over and we will have a…

My father’s trunk reminds me of one of my earliest Memorial Days

27 May 2024 7:32 am

Perhaps we all have our first memories of celebrating Memorial Day. Mine comes from 1945 when my father returned from…

Tories and Labour go to battle on TikTok

27 May 2024 3:08 am

The digital election battle is heating up. Just a few days ago the Labour party joined TikTok, the social media…

Should presidential candidates pledge to free Assange?

27 May 2024 2:35 am

Washington, DC WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a hero to libertarians. As is Ross Ulbricht, the founder of now-defunct Silk…

Young people are right to resent national service

26 May 2024 11:59 pm

Young Britons like me have already done our fair share of national service. For two gruelling years, we sacrificed the…

Will Labour raise taxes?

26 May 2024 11:43 pm

What is Labour’s tax-and-spend agenda? This is an outstanding question the party needs to answer before polling day – and…