World

Farewell Nadhim Zahawi, you won’t be missed

14 May 2024 4:00 pm

Nadhim Zahawi’s latest resignation letter was one of the all-time classics of the genre: unctuous, preening and pretentious even by…

Is Andrei Belousov Russia’s Albert Speer?

14 May 2024 4:00 pm

President Vladimir Putin’s appointment of the civilian economist Andrei Belousov as Russia’s defence minister in the third year of the…

The NHS’s maternity care has always been a mess

14 May 2024 6:10 am

The latest report on maternity care in the UK hasn’t told us anything new. The headline finding of the parliamentary…

Eating my way around Helsinki

14 May 2024 5:41 am

Often asked about my favorite places to go, and moreover, favorite places to eat, I find myself talking about Helsinki.…

Catalonia has gone cold on independence

14 May 2024 4:58 am

Is Catalonia’s independence movement dead in the water? Elections held in the region on Sunday reveal that support for separatist…

The horror of NHS maternity wards has been exposed

14 May 2024 2:56 am

Will any woman who has given birth on the NHS be surprised by a damning report into maternity services? I wasn’t. I…

JK Rowling is no bully

14 May 2024 1:46 am

I see JK Rowling is being cruel again. Her nasty streak is off its leash. She’s bullying random people and…

Elon Musk has won a victory for free speech in Australia

14 May 2024 12:35 am

In the unedifying clash of heads between billionaire Twitter/X owner, Elon Musk, and Australia’s e-safety commissioner Julie Inman Grant, there…

Catalans appear to be growing tired of independence

13 May 2024 11:58 pm

Spain’s Socialist party (PSOE) won crucial elections in Catalonia over the weekend, beating a pro-independence bloc whose support has been…

Obesity isn’t behind the sicknote crisis

13 May 2024 11:44 pm

The European Congress on Obesity is an annual treat for health journalists, because it guarantees a week of ready-made stories…

What Sunak’s big speech reveals about his election strategy

13 May 2024 11:21 pm

Rishi Sunak has this morning given a speech aimed at framing the choice at the next election: security with the…

David Cameron’s top six blunders in six months

13 May 2024 11:02 pm

How time flies. Half a year has passed since former prime minister David Cameron made a shock return to frontline…

Police to interview Angela Rayner over second home

13 May 2024 10:21 pm

Another day, another development in the curious case of Angela Rayner’s tax affairs. It now transpires that the deputy Labour…

Sunak’s dire warning will fall on deaf ears

13 May 2024 9:30 pm

Even on the most optimistic reading, Rishi Sunak is drinking in the last-chance saloon. Today the Prime Minister is delivering…

The Harvard man who became Xi Jinping’s favourite academic

13 May 2024 9:03 pm

Xi Jinping is a busy man. He holds down three jobs. As General Secretary of the Chinese Communist party (CCP),…

The Elphicke affair has made Starmer look incompetent and unprincipled

13 May 2024 7:10 pm

The defection of Natalie Elphicke to Labour was, no doubt about it, a political coup de theatre. What wasn’t immediately clear, but is becoming clearer now the curtain…

What the Shoigu reshuffle means for Putin’s war machine

13 May 2024 7:03 pm

There was an expectation that the appointment of Vladimir Putin’s new government would see some change in the Russian security…

JK Rowling is playing with fire

13 May 2024 5:54 pm

The transgender debate has a habit of bringing out the worst in people. It’s no wonder, really. It’s an issue…

Working in Brussels, I saw the dark side of the EU

13 May 2024 4:37 pm

To this day, many Remainers see the vote to leave the EU as an entirely self-inflicted wound. But is that…

Sergei Shoigu out as Russia’s defence minister

13 May 2024 7:35 am

It’s reshuffle time in Moscow and it seems that Sergei Shoigu, who has served as Vladimir Putin’s defence minister for…

The dignity of Eden Golan

12 May 2024 9:35 pm

Two questions dominated last night’s Eurovision Song Contest final in Malmo, Sweden. First, whether 20-year-old Eden Golan, Israel’s entrant, would…

The legacy of devolution – 25 years on

12 May 2024 8:00 pm

Winnie Ewing, SNP royalty – Madame Écosse to those who had served alongside her in the European Parliament – opened…

Natalie Elphicke row deepens

12 May 2024 7:45 pm

Was Keir Starmer’s decision to welcome the Tory right wing MP Natalie Elphicke to the Labour party a genius strategic…

I’m proud of my mayoral campaign

12 May 2024 5:00 pm

In 18 months of campaigning to win the battle to be mayor of London – spoiler: I didn’t win –…

Chinese society is rapidly militarising

12 May 2024 4:30 pm

The reports in China’s state media speak about ‘advancing national defence education in the new era’, teaching students to be…