The problem with Sunak’s migrant cap

4 June 2024 9:45 pm

It is perhaps no accident that Rishi Sunak has rushed out his proposal for a cap on migrant workers and…

Can I stay in Britain?

2 December 2023 9:00 am

Enforce the borders, stop the boats, save lives

18 August 2023 6:15 pm

Rishi Sunak has failed in his pledge to ‘Stop the Boats’, and the £480 million deal he signed with France…

The problem with the Bibby Stockholm barge

29 July 2023 9:00 am

For British taxpayers perturbed by their £6 million daily bill for housing asylum seekers in hotels, New York City mayor…

Rishi Sunak is right about illegal migration

15 July 2023 9:00 am

The Illegal Migration Bill is having a distorting effect on the Tory party. It has put Theresa May and Iain…

Poland’s battle with the EU over migrant quotas

15 July 2023 9:00 am

Warsaw’s battle with the EU over migrant quotas

Tories fight over Illegal Migration Bill

11 July 2023 11:36 pm

The Illegal Migration Bill is back this afternoon for ‘ping pong’ – the final stage of its legislative passage where…

The amazing aerial acrobatics of swifts

27 May 2023 9:00 am

Over the course of one midsummer’s day, Mark Cocker presents a startling picture of the breeding, feeding, fledging and migrating habits of these little dynamos of life


20 May 2023 9:00 am

The Illegal Migration Bill will define the next election

8 March 2023 1:37 am

The government’s Illegal Migration Bill is finally here. Speaking in the House of Commons this lunchtime, the Home Secretary unveiled…

Why Sunak would find it tough to lose Braverman

1 November 2022 6:32 am

The safest place for a minister in a crisis is meant to be the despatch box. The thinking is that…

Pre-Mussolini, most Italians couldn’t understand each other

3 September 2022 9:00 am

Towards the end of Dandelions, Thea Lenarduzzi’s imaginative and deeply affecting memoir, the author quotes her grandmother’s remark that there…

Europe’s new migrant crisis

21 August 2022 5:50 pm

Earlier this month I spent a week in Sicily, driving south from Palermo to Agrigento and then east to Syracuse…

Will the government stand up to mob rule?

12 June 2022 11:57 pm

A very big week is in store for the government’s strategy to tackle illegal immigration with all eyes on the…

What's wrong with the Rwanda plan?

15 April 2022 3:53 am

There are many unanswered questions about the government’s new policy of compelled expulsion to Rwanda of uninvited asylum claimants. Here…

Will Britain welcome Ukrainian refugees?

1 March 2022 1:00 am

Immigration used to be the most-discussed issue in British politics. It gets less attention these days, for reasons too varied…

What’s to become of Africa’s teeming youth?

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Demographers are attached to their theories. The field’s most enduring is the ‘demographic transition’, whereby modernisation inexorably lowers a society’s…

The conflict at the heart of the migrant question

18 December 2021 9:00 am

A friend, a Cambridge professor, passing my old college last week, was startled to encounter a young lady standing outside…

What happens to Afghan migrants when they reach the UK?

18 December 2021 9:00 am

What happens to Afghan migrants when they reach the UK?

Priti Patel and the progressive language police

26 November 2021 7:10 pm

There was an exchange in the House of Commons on Thursday afternoon that ought to be a scandal but won’t.…

Is Boris brave enough to solve the Channel migrant crisis?

19 November 2021 1:58 am

The sheer number of useless interventions that have been touted as offering a solution to the cross-Channel migrants crisis is…

Putin's plan for Ukraine

15 November 2021 1:36 pm

Vladimir Putin’s message was as clear — and familiar — as his method. The Kremlin has begun another major build-up of troops…

France is using migrants just like Belarus

13 November 2021 10:05 pm

It was hard not to laugh, coldly, at the statement from western members of the UN Security Council that condemned…

Why did neo-Nazis patrol the German border?

30 October 2021 11:00 am

Just after midnight last Sunday, around 50 vigilantes gathered in east Germany to ‘patrol’ the country’s border with Poland. They…

The powerlessness of Priti Patel

6 October 2021 1:30 am

It is hard not to feel sorry for Priti Patel. She would surely have been a Tory conference darling at the…