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Hugo Rifkind is a writer for the Times.

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Help! I've started to feel sorry for Julian Assange

23 August 2014

Poor Julian Assange. Call me a contrarian but I’m genuinely starting to feel sorry for the guy. He’s just made such a mess of his life, hasn’t he? And with… Read more

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You’ll mock me, but I have to ask: why don’t any of my friends have holiday homes?

9 August 2014

This is to be one of those columns that makes the writer faintly wish there wasn’t an internet. It would be one thing merely in print — ephemeral, swiftly forgotten,… Read more

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I'm not comfortable with Israel any more. And I'm really not comfortable with that

12 July 2014

Glaring, the ennui over Israel. The way we drag our eyes to the page, and sigh, and want to read something else. Sympathy is hard. Even anger is hard. It’s… Read more

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I may not know much about khat, but I know banning it is crazy

28 June 2014

Khat is a leafy stimulant chewed mainly, I gather, by Somalis. This week the government banned its possession and sale. And, for the life of me, I cannot figure out… Read more

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Don’t blame the Guardian if criminals are getting better at hiding online. Blame iTunes and Netflix

14 June 2014

I wouldn’t wish to deny that all drug dealers and crime lords read the Guardian. Indeed, check the circulation figures, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that only drug dealers… Read more

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The truth about being a politician’s child

31 May 2014

It was a Friday morning in 1992, Britain had just had an election, and I was on an ice rink. No special reason. You’re in Edinburgh, you’re a posh teenager,… Read more

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Scotland’s fate is more important than David Cameron’s

17 May 2014

‘It is never difficult to distinguish between a Scotsman with a grievance and a ray of sunshine.’ So wrote P.G. Wodehouse, and he wasn’t just talking about nationalists. And right… Read more

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If Ukip aren't racist, how come so many racists seem to like them?

3 May 2014

The most thought-provoking discussion about racism I ever heard took place five years ago on Channel 4’s Celebrity Wife Swap. No, it did. On the one side they had the… Read more

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If Ed Miliband can’t be our first Jewish prime minister, he can still be our first atheist Jewish prime minister from Primrose Hill

19 April 2014

Last weekend, in a small New Jersey suburb, I found myself in a liquor store. Never been anywhere like it. The walls were lined with single malts of rare and… Read more

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University tuition fees are a tax. It’s time to admit it

5 April 2014

Regardless of how many brains David Willetts has got, it’s not surprising that tuition fees are a mess. They’re a mess because they are a tax, and intended to do… Read more

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Six months as a TV critic, and I’ve seen enough corpses to last a lifetime

22 March 2014

It was Shetland that tipped me over the edge. Not the place, but the TV series. Although that’s set in the place. So both, really. It’s a crime drama, see,… Read more

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Why are we turning London into Dubai?

8 March 2014

If you’ve ever wondered what it will look like when we colonise Mars, the answer is ‘Dubai’. I was there the other week. Bloody hell, what a place. You sit… Read more

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It’s time that Scotland’s timid posh folk spoke out

22 February 2014

I took part in a documentary about Scottishness a few weeks ago, and it wasn’t bad at all. I mused, mainly, on my own border-hopping, fretful-about-independence Scottish-Britishness, and a decent… Read more

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If Philip Seymour Hoffman wasn’t happy, what hope is there for us?

8 February 2014

Celebrity deaths have no decorum. From Elvis on his toilet to Whitney face down in her bathtub, their last moments sit alongside their songs, or films, or their drunken stumbles… Read more

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Being assaulted nearly put me on trial

25 January 2014

Way back in the late 1990s, I spent a lot of time in court. What happened, see, was that in the wee small hours of a drunken Edinburgh morning, my… Read more

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The only way to end the war on drugs is to stop fighting it

11 January 2014

It’s surprisingly boring, legalising weed. In Colorado, where recreational doobie has been utterly without censure for, ooh, about a week and a half now, the Department of Revenue (Marijuana Enforcement… Read more

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Hugo Rifkind: Why isn't eating meat as bad as bestiality?

4 January 2014

So what I’ve found myself wondering over the festive period, again and again, is whether it would ever be OK to have sex with a sheep. I mean, jeez, don’t… Read more

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Hugo Rifkind: Why did I agree to appear on University Challenge?

14 December 2013

The worst thing about going on University Challenge, I now know, is when you interrupt a question and get the answer wrong. This is bad, not only because you lose… Read more

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Hugo Rifkind: Are those who criticise Boris for his IQ remarks just being thick? 

7 December 2013

It’s funny, really, because most of the time I think that my university education was a bit of a waste. It was pleasant enough, I’ll tell people, but I mainly… Read more

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Hugo Rifkind: From porn to Bitcoin, governments can't control the web — so why is Cameron trying? 

23 November 2013

What people don’t seem to realise is that the geeks are winning. Actually, scratch that. They’ve all but won. The world just hasn’t realised yet. So, when the likes of… Read more

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Hugo Rifkind: Yes, I'm apathetic about politics. But isn't Russell Brand?

9 November 2013

Since I was a child, pretty much everybody I have ever met has asked me if I want to be a politician. The answer has always been no. Once, at… Read more

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Hugo Rifkind: What is Facebook? 

26 October 2013

I’d never noticed that there aren’t any tits on Facebook. The place always seems brimming with right tits to me. But no. According to this week’s mumbling bien-pensant scandal, the… Read more

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Hugo Rifkind: For now, I’m choosing to believe in Tommy Robinson’s conversion

12 October 2013

I’ve often thought it might be interesting to meet Tommy Robinson, or Stephen Lennon, or whatever one is supposed to call the erstwhile English Defence League frontman these days. Because,… Read more

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Hugo Rifkind: I spy complete indifference towards being spied

28 September 2013

Oh, but life’s easier if you’re American. Each and every last way the state meddles with your life is an outrage. Whether it’s forcing you to have health care, or… Read more

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Boring politicians are a threat to democracy. That means you, Rachel Reeves

14 September 2013

I’ve never met the woman that the Newsnight editor Ian Katz this week accidentally described as ‘boring, snoring Rachel Reeves’, so for all I know, the shadow chief secretary to… Read more