debate

Why the Tories will be happier than Labour with tonight’s debate

20 November 2019 9:20 am

Tonight’s leaders debate was a scrappy affair. The format meant that neither leader was able to get going properly and…

Ben Lerner’s much hyped latest novel reads like an audit of contemporary grievances

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Things keep recurring in the novels of Ben Lerner — snatches of conversation, lines of poetry, Lerner himself. But in…

Teach First has turned me into a free speech martyr

4 November 2017 9:00 am

I had the unusual experience last Sunday of appearing on a panel to defend free speech having been the victim…

There’s a right way to lose at the Oxford Union. I did the wrong way

21 November 2015 9:00 am

The way not to win a debate at the Oxford Union, I’ve just discovered, is to start your speech with…

Must MPs always vote before we go to war?

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Jesse Norman was permitted three minutes for his speech to the Commons in last Friday’s debate. But the contribution from…

Secret oil fields! Skewed polls! The Yes campaign is losing the plot

9 August 2014 9:00 am

 Edinburgh When the histories of the Scottish independence debate are written, 13 February 2014 will be seen as a crucial…

My tax avoidance tip – win literary prizes!

17 May 2014 9:00 am

David Cameron is said to want a woman to be chairman of the BBC Trust, now that Chris Patten has…