Hugo Rifkind

Hugo Rifkind is a writer for the Times.

Incarceration

In a Birmingham jail, I discovered the point of Michael Gove

17 September 2016 9:00 am

I went to prison last week, in Birmingham. Early start, off on a train from Euston. It was my kids’…

Ed Balls twirls with Laura Whitmore at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing (Photo: Getty)

Dear God, am I going to have to start liking Ed Balls?

3 September 2016 9:00 am

What the hell is going on with Ed Balls? Back in the horrible doldrums of the last Labour government, he…

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The best thing about Brexit? None of it is my fault

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Brexit Britain fills me with calm. Six weeks on, there’s no point pretending otherwise. Losing is far better than winning.…

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Thank God for Sir Philip Green, the perfect modern hate figure

6 August 2016 9:00 am

Good old Sir Philip Green. Where would we be without him? So often, those national hate figures let you down.…

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Labour’s last good idea: hold floating voters to ransom

23 July 2016 9:00 am

In order to become a ‘registered supporter’ of the Labour party, you first have to disclose whether you’re a member…

Passports

Brexit’s making many of us less British

9 July 2016 9:00 am

I suppose I could probably get a Polish passport. Both of my maternal grandparents were Poles, displaced by war and…

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Jeremy Corbyn’s playing Glastonbury: is this a good idea?

25 June 2016 8:00 am

I do like a wet and muddy Glastonbury. Albeit, admittedly, not quite as much as I like a dry and…

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Help! I’ve started really caring about politics

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Once upon a time, I didn’t really care about politics. Not viscerally. Growing up in a political family, I suppose,…

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Lariam and my six months of madness

28 May 2016 9:00 am

I once went mad in Africa and it was no fun at all. I was snorkelling off the coast of…

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The vaping craze isn’t about nicotine. It’s about gadgets

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Probably you never visited the flats of middle-class student drug dealers in the 1990s, because crikey, neither did I, and…

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This really isn’t how Robert Mugabe would run a referendum

16 April 2016 9:00 am

It is not what Robert Mugabe would do. Calm down. These are ‘spiv Robert Mugabe antics’, said the Tory backbencher…

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I have seen the future, and it’s a racist, filthy-mouthed teenage robot

2 April 2016 9:00 am

‘I’m a nice person,’ said the robot. ‘I just hate everybody.’ Maybe you know the feeling. The robot in question…

Play is the highest form of research

We’re swamped with nonsense gizmos and it’s all Steve Job’s fault

19 March 2016 9:00 am

I keep being told that the big hot technological gizmo of the moment is a box that sits in the…

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Of course the old Tory hatreds are back. That’s referendums for you

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Of course it’s vicious. It was always going to be. Sure, they’ve spent decades living peacefully side by side, but…

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South Africa’s rainbow nation promise lives on — in rich, caged enclaves

20 February 2016 9:00 am

I went back to see my old house in Cape Town last week, and they’d put a cage around it.…

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This London mayoral race will feature something new: boredom

6 February 2016 9:00 am

London, 2012. It’s Olympic year, and east London is sprouting anew, and our city feels like the capital of the…

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Corbynglish as a second language

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Corbynterpretation [n]: The inevitable process of debate, after Jeremy Corbyn is interviewed, over what he actually meant. Does the Labour…

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Simon Danczuk and his spankingly splendid scandal

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Apparently, according to a variety of relatively reliable sources that include the man himself, the Labour MP for Rochdale, Simon…

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If you believe the internet, I was Israel’s answer to Jason Bourne

12 December 2015 9:00 am

One of the strangest and, in a weird way, best things to have happened to me in the past year…

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Get ready: these climate change talks might actually do something

28 November 2015 9:00 am

The Prince of Wales is right, and I appreciate that this isn’t something people say very often. Now and again,…

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The answer for sensible moderate Labour folk? Leave

14 November 2015 9:00 am

What a useless shower the Labour party is right now. What a snivelling dance of fools. And I don’t just…

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Are we all potential cyberterrorists now?

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Hollywood got there first, of course. Back in 1983, before most of us even learned — then forgot again —…

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Can the Great British public be made to care passionately about the EU referendum?

17 October 2015 9:00 am

It’s early days, I know, but the Outers have convinced me. Britain will not collapse into chaos and penury if…

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Collective responsibility is an awful idea – but Jeremy Corbyn will be in trouble without it

3 October 2015 9:00 am

One of my favourite things about Jeremy Corbyn, beyond the beard (I do like beards) and the way he was…

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The problem with Jeremy Corbyn’s populist media-loathing

19 September 2015 8:00 am

The new leader walks across a bridge, in the dark, while the journalist asks him questions. He’s not shouting, this…