Letter from Donetsk: 'Soon, Scotland will leave you, and Putin will be tsar of the world'

11 October 2014

Rockets, rogue science fiction writers and relics of MH17 in Ukraine’s disputed territory

casino royale reshaped

A casino clash worthy of James Bond reaches its climax in the High Court

11 October 2014

Phil Ivey, Crockfords of Mayfair, and the dangerous game of edge sorting

Knockout lemon sorbet: Gelateria Bonaparte

Napoleon's birthplace feels more Italian than French

11 October 2014

Corsica has a complicated history – and some great ice cream


If Hong Kong burns, we'll all pay the price

11 October 2014

The island’s vital role in the global financial system means the effects of a Tiananmen there would be felt worldwide


Stock pickers vs robots

11 October 2014

New computer programs are challenging even the best asset managers


My investment secret: be as boring as you can

11 October 2014

Dull old smelly shares are often a better deal than ‘new economy’ ones


Since when was it a human right to take pictures of your genitals?

4 October 2014

Brooks Newmark, revenge porn, and a heady brew of hypocrisy and narcissism


The old man points at the sky. I assume he hears American planes. Instead, he says simply: 'God is real'

4 October 2014

While the Commons voted to bomb, we were getting over the razor wire


I was a liberal atheist. And then my stepson found radical Islam

4 October 2014

Ask yourself how you would feel if your child started spouting hate-filled bile against homosexuals, women, Jews — anyone, in fact, who wasn’t a Muslim man


What really scares Beijing about the Hong Kong protests

4 October 2014

The island and the mainland are drifting further apart. But it may be Hong Kong that represents the true, rebellious spirit of China

Sit In Protest Continues In Hong Kong Despite Chief Executive's Calls To Withdraw

Am I wrong to fear another Tiananmen?

4 October 2014

I can't look at Hong Kong without thinking about how far the Chinese Communist Party will go – and how little we'll do to stop them


Louise Mensch: I'm a divorced Catholic. And I'm sure it would be a mortal sin for me to take Communion

4 October 2014

Accept liberal arguments for the convenience of people like me, and you threaten the foundations of the Church


Clive James on his late flowering: ‘I am in the slightly embarrassing position where I write poems saying I’m about to die and then don’t’

4 October 2014

Poetry, civilisation and the critical benefits of facing leukaemia


What will it take for us to stop doing business with Qatar?

4 October 2014

We’ve let the desert state face both ways on funding extremism

A police horse guards Buckingham Palace, 1937

The lost horses of London

4 October 2014

The city of the horse and carriage is gone. But some traces remain...


Cameron is, deep down, a Tory radical cutting back the state. It’s time he admitted it

27 September 2014

It's time for the Prime Minister to make up his mind. Will he seize the chance to reshape British politics?

British Treasury Secretary Danny Alexand

How an Oxford degree – PPE – created a robotic governing class

27 September 2014

Most of our prominent politicians studied the same subject at Oxford. Is it any wonder we’re so badly governed?


Vaclav Klaus: the West’s lies about Russia are monstrous

27 September 2014

An interview with the former Czech president, possibly the West’s last truly outspoken leader


The Manchester dogs’ home fire has shown up our strange attitude to animal suffering

27 September 2014

There is a glaring double standard in our adoration for our pets and our tolerance for intensive farming


Do adults really need to be taught about the moment of ‘consent’ in sex?

27 September 2014

They should be left in their digs to learn on the job


Michael Fallon: after Iraq, we need to think about bombing Syria.

27 September 2014

An interview with the new, hawkish Defence Secretary

Barbara Hepworth’s St Ives garden

Artists’ houses

27 September 2014

I’m not sure what took me to Salvador Dalí’s house in Port Lligat, but it sure as hell wasn’t admiration. As a public figure, I hold him alone responsible for… Read more


The Union is saved – but at what cost?

The Nos have it, but Britain has been left a divided country. How did our politicians get the referendum battle so wrong?

Photo: Getty

The brutal truth? Britain lacks the reach to bring any ISIS killer to justice

20 September 2014

Politicians’ promises to bring those who murder British hostages to justice almost never come true

Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/Getty

The fatal mistakes of Sweden's David Cameron

20 September 2014

Here's what he should teach the British one