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Why are the yakuza stealing Pokemon cards?

12 May 2024 4:30 pm

A high-ranking member of the yakuza (Japanese mafia) has been arrested in Tokyo for selling stolen Pokemon cards. Keita Saito was…

The Arts Council wastes money – and is bad news for art

12 May 2024 4:30 pm

‘You’re gay.’ That was the first tip I got from a friend who writes applications for Arts Council grants. He…

Why Israel is crucial to Eurovision

12 May 2024 12:36 am

Eden Golan has qualified for the final of tonight’s Eurovision Song Contest and will represent Israel in the world’s most-watched…

The FTSE 100 hits a new high – but don’t celebrate yet

11 May 2024 9:34 pm

Another day, another all time high. As the week closed, the FTSE 100 index hit 8,433 — the highest level…

The bizarre sexual politics of the French

11 May 2024 6:30 pm

‘More sex please, we’re French,’ declared, in effect, France’s president Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday, demanding that his compatriots counteract a…

Why is Russia’s economy booming despite sanctions?

11 May 2024 4:00 pm

Over two years on from the invasion of Ukraine, Russia is the most sanctioned nation in the world. And yet the country’s…

Has the SNP really turned its back on identity politics?

11 May 2024 4:00 pm

The term ‘progressive’ has been much abused in the past decade. Originally a term denoting enlightenment and social universalism, it became…

The Tories are in free fall

11 May 2024 4:00 pm

A couple of weeks ago we were told it was Rishi Sunak’s best week ever. Now, it is hard to…

Why won’t phone companies stop kids using social media?

11 May 2024 4:00 pm

When it comes to social media, parents find it difficult enough to keep up with their offspring’s online world. What…

What price is too high to keep conservatives in the Church of England?

11 May 2024 3:30 pm

Future historians of the Church of England might look back at this weekend as the beginning of the end. A…

Swapping aprés ski for aprés spa 

11 May 2024 5:53 am

“Welcome to your thirties,” my friend Rich roared, throwing open the balcony door leading onto our hotel room’s private loggia.…

What was the point of Just Stop Oil’s Magna Carta stunt?

11 May 2024 5:05 am

The eco-activists of Just Stop Oil have often been caricatured as a group of middle-class students with too much time…

Why is Colombia turning its back on Israel in its hour of need?

11 May 2024 2:23 am

Colombia’s president Gustavo Petro has terminated diplomatic relations with Israel and described the country’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu as ‘genocidal’.…

What is the anti-Israel Eurovision protest really about?

11 May 2024 1:14 am

A young Israeli woman warned to stay in her hotel room. A baying mob on the streets outside hollering slogans…

Joe Biden’s failure is Bob Gates’s vindication

11 May 2024 12:38 am

One of the most famous criticisms of Joe Biden over the years came from former Bush and Obama secretary of…

Harry and Meghan’s Nigeria tour is nothing but PR fodder

10 May 2024 11:45 pm

Prince Harry’s visit to London this week, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Invictus games, was largely overshadowed by…

Starmer is copying the Tory small boats strategy

10 May 2024 10:45 pm

Today is one of those rare occasions in British politics – a day when Rishi Sunak’s government has a bit…

Will John Swinney abandon Sturgeon’s gender bill?

10 May 2024 10:38 pm

There may be a new First Minister in the driving seat but can the SNP overtake Labour’s lead in the…

Keir Starmer won’t stop the boats

10 May 2024 10:28 pm

Labour’s new ‘stop the boats’ policy is a risible exercise in deception that will only ever fool the truly gullible.…

Who are ‘the blob’?

10 May 2024 9:49 pm

Liz Truss calls them the ‘deep state’, Dominic Cummings ‘the blob’ and for Sue Gray they are simply former colleagues.…

Does David Lammy really expect Donald Trump to forgive and forget?

10 May 2024 9:24 pm

David Lammy has never been much of a diplomat. The veteran Labour MP is fond of lashing out at his…

The UK leaves recession behind in 2023

10 May 2024 7:08 pm

This morning the Office for National Statistics (ONS) confirmed that the UK confined its technical recession to 2023. The economy grew by 0.6…

Is Dominic Cummings’ ‘start up party’ a non-starter?

10 May 2024 5:50 pm

We haven’t heard much from Dominic Cummings since he walked out of No. 10 Downing Street in November 2020. Now…

The special relationship between Israel and America is faltering

10 May 2024 5:25 pm

President Biden doesn’t give many sit-down television interviews, but when he does, he tends to make news. This week he…

France is waking up to the threat of the Muslim Brotherhood. Is Britain?

10 May 2024 4:00 pm

Donald Trump made headlines this month when he claimed that London and Paris are no longer recognisable because ‘they have…