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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

Scottish Referendum 'Better Together' Campaigners On The Streets Of Glasgow

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

Second Day Of Evidence From Nigella Lawson In The Trial Of Her Two Assistants

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

Anti-Fascist And EDL Demonstrations Take Place in London

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

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By all means wring your hands over Syria. Just don’t ask me to trust you

31 August 2013

They’re getting the rebuttals in early, have you noticed that? You might call them a pre-emptive strikes. Here’s William Hague, speaking to BBC Radio 4 about those chemical attacks in… Read more

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Why we should fear the new housing bubble

17 August 2013

It’s senseless to ask how things are going to end, because things as a general rule don’t. They rumble on, they morph, and yesterday’s drama becomes tomorrow’s eyebrow-raising justification for… Read more

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Sorry, but internet trolling will be with us forever

3 August 2013

This is not to be a column about Twitter. Can’t abide columns about Twitter. I’ve written a few, I know, but this is not to be another one. I promise.… Read more

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It’s the summer of the topless man – and there’s nothing we can do to stop it

20 July 2013

Topless men. What does that mean, then? I was opposite one on the tube the other day, heading north from Finsbury Park, and I just couldn’t stop -staring. In terms of… Read more

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I’ll tell you what really devalues marriage: patronising, preachy little tax breaks

6 July 2013

The Conservative party is trying to redefine marriage. I can’t believe they think they’re going to get away with this. Throughout human history it has been one thing, which is… Read more

Tensions Rise Along the Israeli/ Syria Border

Why can’t we be honest about Syria?

22 June 2013

Wouldn’t it be nice just once in a while to have a war in the -Middle East that wasn’t predicated on outright duplicitous nonsense? Just occasionally? There are, after all,… Read more

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Check my privilege? I have, thanks. You’re still wrong

8 June 2013

This week, I bring you a dispatch from the frontline of pseudo-intellectual, metropolitan navel-gazing. This is, after all, what you pay me for. So right now the big thing for… Read more

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What you believe has everything to do with how old you are

25 May 2013

We’ve got bogged down, that’s the thing. Bogged down and caught up, all at once. The Prime Minister is rude about people and people mind, even if they’re the sort… Read more