Hugo Rifkind

Hugo Rifkind is a writer for the Times.

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Who’ll want to work once we have proper virtual reality?

7 January 2017 9:00 am

A flash of the future, over the holidays, that felt like a flash of the past. It happened on Christmas…

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How to put a positive spin on this bizarre year

10 December 2016 9:00 am

This is going to be a positive, optimistic column. I promise. Because, look, let’s be honest, I’ve been a bit…

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Trump, the pick-up artist who seduced America

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Many years ago, when I was a mere slip of a features journalist, I spent a weekend learning how to…

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If you’re not about mob rule, Nigel, don’t call out your mob

12 November 2016 9:00 am

If you’re aiming to refute the suggestion that you can’t comprehend the difference between mob rule and the rule of…

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Should we all have the right not to bake a cake?

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Let us consider the case of the Ashers family bakery in Belfast which, in 2014, refused to make a cake.…


Is that a bomb in your pocket? Or a Russian spy? Or both?

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Remember how much fun it used to be getting a new phone? I think of a friend a few years…

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We know who Theresa May is against. But who is she for?

1 October 2016 9:00 am

One of the professional drawbacks of coming from Scotland and then moving to London is that I don’t really know…


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’…

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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…


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…


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…

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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…