How on earth does Rishi Sunak keep going?

6 April 2024 9:00 am

It’s my birthday this week and the end of my seventh decade (mathematicians will note that this does not make…

Grappling with anti-Semitism at Easter

30 March 2024 9:00 am

Grappling with anti-Semitism at Easter

Will Keir Starmer ever learn to loosen up?

24 February 2024 9:00 am

The Labour leader comes across as compassionate and hard-working, but so ill at ease in front of the cameras that even his close friends fail to recognise him

Has Germany finally shaken off its dark past?

6 January 2024 9:00 am

‘When it comes to helping others, we are the world champions’, one politician declared in 2015. But Merkel’s welcome to immigrants was pragmatic – and anti-Semitism is on the rise again

Why the kids hate Jews

22 October 2023 6:11 pm

The surest way to work up a crusade in favour of some good cause is to promise people they will…

Who do the police protect?

20 October 2023 11:42 pm

The function of the police, one might have thought, was to protect the weak against the overbearing and the bullying.…

Chance encounters

3 June 2023 9:00 am

The fates of members of a Jewish family depend on accidental meetings, the boarding of a ship or the ring of a phone in this complex fable woven from 20th-century history

A masterpiece: P Word, at Park Theatre, reviewed

24 September 2022 9:00 am

Look at this line. ‘I’m 80 years old. I find that unforgivable.’ Could an actor get a laugh on ‘unforgivable’?…

Is T.S. Eliot’s great aura fading?

4 June 2022 9:00 am

Cracks are beginning to appear in T.S. Eliot’s once unassailable reputation, says Philip Hensher

Was another tragic Jewish death covered up in France?

5 April 2022 10:49 pm

Not for the first time in France the death of a Jew is dominating the news, and not for the…

Eric Zemmour isn’t to blame for France’s anti-Semitism crisis

29 January 2022 6:00 pm

Emmanuel Macron sees anti-Semitism everywhere except where it really lurks. Earlier this month his government accused protesters opposed to the…

The dark story behind Bambi, the book Hitler banned

22 January 2022 9:00 am

The extent of Walt Disney’s grasp of the natural world remains unclear. After the Austrian author Felix Salten sold the…

A troubling tide of anti-Semitism is sweeping Britain and France

13 November 2021 10:28 am

A day after the Israeli ambassador to Britain, Tzipi Hotovely, was harassed as she left the London School of Economics,…

Louis-Ferdinand Céline was lucky to escape retribution in 1945

11 September 2021 9:00 am

They rather like bad boys, the French. Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961) is one, in a tradition that stretches from François Villon…

Fascist, anti-Semite and dupe: the dark side of G.K. Chesterton

21 August 2021 9:00 am

The Sins of G.K. Chesterton demands our attention because, as Richard Ingrams notes in his introduction, the literature on this…

Churchill as villain – but is this a character assassination too far?

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Revisionist biographies of Churchill are nothing new but this one lays the hostility and contempt on with a trowel, says Andrew Roberts

Kicking out the cranks won't save Labour

20 July 2021 3:30 pm

There is a problem with Sir Keir Starmer’s reported plan to expel 1,000 Labour members associated with ‘poisonous’ groups, and…

Pure, white and native: the birch as a symbol of Russian nationalism

19 June 2021 9:00 am

The image of the birch tree in popular Russian culture is as manifold as the trees themselves, but we could…

The great betrayal of Ethel Rosenberg

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Ethel Rosenberg was an exceptional woman. Born with a painful curvature of the spine to a poor family of Jewish…

Does Google really understand racism?

6 June 2021 9:45 am

Opponents of the new racial extremism typically object that it vilifies white people in much the same way that classical…

Tala Halawa and the progressive media’s anti-Semitism blindspot

24 May 2021 9:57 pm

The tale of Tala Halawa has an ever-mounting horror to it: each sentence is more disturbing than the last. First…

Why is a Jewish lecturer being investigated for mocking Corbyn?

24 May 2021 9:18 pm

It’s a tale worthy of Kafka. Dr Pete Newbon, a lecturer in humanities at Northumbria University, is being investigated by…

Stirling Moss’s charmed life in the fast lane

22 May 2021 9:00 am

‘Who do you think you are — Stirling Moss?’ a genially menacing traffic cop would ask a hapless motorway transgressor.…

Why do parts of Britain erupt whenever Israel defends itself?

21 May 2021 1:14 am

There has been a huge amount of comment in recent days on the latest round of exchanges between Israel and…