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,…

How Benjamin Netanyahu and Joe Biden fell out

25 May 2024 4:00 pm

After the atrocities committed by Hamas in southern Israel on 7 October, President Biden offered his total and unflinching support…

Anti-Semitism has returned to French politics

25 May 2024 9:00 am

New Caledonia is an archipelago in the South Pacific not far from Australia. James Cook discovered it in 1774, but,…

Portrait of the Week: Infected blood apologies, falling inflation and XL bully attacks

25 May 2024 9:00 am

Home Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister, said: ‘I want to make a wholehearted and unequivocal apology’ for a ‘decades-long moral…

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…

Britain doesn’t need an Iron Dome

20 April 2024 9:52 pm

Air defence was in the news this week, after Israel, with the help of allies including the UK, shot down…

Inside the new Arab-Israeli alliance

20 April 2024 9:00 am

As Jordanian fighter jets shot down Iranian drones heading for Israel on Saturday night, there were joyful cries of Allahu…

Why does the West protect Israel but not Ukraine?

20 April 2024 9:00 am

When Israel and its allies shot down hundreds of Iranian drones and missiles, they demonstrated what an effective air defence…

The Lebanese always return home

20 April 2024 9:00 am

Beirut You might have thought that the threat of the Gaza war spiralling into an all-out regional conflagration, along with…

My letter from Chris Packham

20 April 2024 9:00 am

I do not know Chris Packham, the BBC nature broadcaster, personally, but he wrote me a letter last month, enclosing…

A new survey that may be of interest

13 April 2024 9:00 am

My favourite opinion polls are those which elicit enormous shock in the population for stating something everybody knew for ages,…

Portrait of the Week: Tory phishing, tension over Rafah and Cameron in America

13 April 2024 9:00 am

Home The review by Dr Hilary Cass of gender-identity services for people under 18 called for an end to prescribing…

Why do MPs send nude pictures of themselves?

13 April 2024 9:00 am

Adam Dyster has gone to work for the shadow Defra secretary Steve Reed. I admit this is not an appointment…

The London Library should leave us in peace

6 April 2024 9:00 am

Reading only slightly between the lines of US foreign policy on Israel/Gaza, I detect that its most urgent aim is…

Even pilgrims are staying away from Jerusalem

6 April 2024 9:00 am

Israel has a new train line: 25 minutes from Ben Gurion airport to Jerusalem. The Christian pilgrims would love it…

Permanent stalemate in Gaza suits Netanyahu

2 March 2024 9:00 am

Jerusalem After midnight on Thursday is dead-time for the Israeli media. The weekend editions have gone to print (newspapers don’t…

I’m a rosé convert

17 February 2024 9:00 am

The miracle of limoncello

3 February 2024 9:00 am

John Fetterman’s noble support for Israel should be no surprise

28 January 2024 8:11 pm

Politicians are like bad boys: never fall in love with them, they’ll always hurt you in the end. But try…

It will be difficult for Israel to ignore this ICJ ruling

27 January 2024 8:04 pm

Yesterday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered an interim ruling on South Africa’s genocide case against Israel. Its decision…

Conrad Black adheres firmly to the ‘great man’ view of history

27 January 2024 9:00 am

The movers and shakers of Volume I of his projected history of the world are Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Hannibal rather than any socio-economic forces