The march of the new political correctness

7 February 2015

I hoped that the British sense of the ridiculous, our relish in piss-taking, would keep us safe. Now I’m not so sure


An A-to-Z guide to the new PC

7 February 2015

From appropriation to zero tolerance, everything you need to keep an eye on while checking your privilege


Under this government, our prison system is falling apart

7 February 2015

When I started visiting Wormwood Scrubs, it was pinched but peaceful. Now our prisons are pits of despair

Foxy Lady

The Tooting poisoner and the relentless rise of the urban fox

7 February 2015

In my London neighbourhood, an argument about wildlife is turning very nasty indeed


Why calling for an ‘Islamic Reformation’ is lazy and historically illiterate

7 February 2015

Martin Luther wasn’t trying to create a more liberal political order. It’s time to talk about what really happened

Typographical errors used to be the preserve of craftsmen - this one is a compositor showing off to visitors at the Daily Express in 1948. Now anyone can make them. Photo: Getty

The most expensive typing error ever?

7 February 2015

Nasa’s missing hyphen; the extra ‘s’ that could cost £8.8 million; and recipes for disaster

Calm and colourful: Burano

How to walk along canals in Venice without feeling like a tourist

7 February 2015

The islands of Burano and Murano, famous for lace and glass, are the best bet for a quiet lunch and cappuccino


Europe’s crisis is Cameron’s opportunity

31 January 2015

For the election campaign, and for the negotiations that might follow it, Syriza’s victory opens some promising vistas


Confusion, snobbery and Pegida – a letter from Dresden

31 January 2015

The views of the Stammtisch (the pub regulars) are a growing force in Germany, but they have yet to find someone to articulate them in the public sphere

Prince Of Wales And The Duchess Of Cornwall Visit Mexico - Day 3

As a republican, I used to look forward to Charles III. Now I’m scared

31 January 2015

The Prince of Wales has shown himself too vain to accept the limits of constitutional monarchy

Prime Minister Cameron Visits The Harris City Academy In South London

The Tories have one real success in government – and they’re scared to talk about it

31 January 2015

Despite all the spin from the left, the school reforms have made a huge, positive difference. It’s time someone in power said so


Why would someone pay hundreds of pounds for one snowdrop bulb? I think I know

31 January 2015

What makes snowdrop mania particularly strange is that, unlike gorgeous, colourful tulip flowers, the variations between snowdrops are almost too tiny to spot


The benefits of breeding like a rabbit

31 January 2015

Why I’m happy to have six children (and why I think the Pope’s on my side)


Only capitalism can save Nigeria

31 January 2015

Deeply divided and full of potential, this country could be headed for a boom – or a coup


History is the art of making things up. Why pretend otherwise?

31 January 2015

In a recent interview, the celebrity historian and Tudor expert David Starkey described Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall as a ‘deliberate perversion of fact’. The novel, he said, is ‘a magnificent,… Read more

Decades in the making: Glasgow School of Art

The long ordeal of Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art

31 January 2015

The fire was only another chapter in a decades-long struggle


Send in the clowns - how comedy ate British politics

24 January 2015

It’s not just Al Murray: British politics is increasingly about who has the most popular joke. The consequences won’t be funny

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair Gives Evidence To The Leveson Inquiry

Why Ed Miliband's class war rhetoric is Tony Blair's fault

24 January 2015

He’d just about sold the idea that businesses weren’t intrinsically evil. Then he started one of his own…


Soon, parents will stop wanting their children to go to university. And they'll be right

24 January 2015

Degrees are losing their prestige at the very moment their cost is increasing


How Marine Le Pen is winning France’s gay vote

24 January 2015

The Front National now has the support of a quarter of Paris’s gay voters – and only 16 per cent of the straight ones

Fraternity house exterior

The war on frat culture

24 January 2015

Just because the biggest scandal involving a fraternity house has fallen to bits, that doesn’t mean universities are stopping their crackdown


How to stop being scared of full stops

24 January 2015

The misery of emails and texts full of weak commas and dot-dot-dots

Old mill boards and sea-green slates: Yeats’s tower

On the Yeats trail in Galway

24 January 2015

The county is saturated in his poetry; or perhaps his poetry is soaked in this county


How to save Islam from the Islamists

17 January 2015

It's time for Muslims to take a stand. Egypt may be showing the way

An activist of Pakistani Islamic party J

'Religion of peace' is not a harmless platitude

17 January 2015

To face Islamist terror, we must face the facts about Islam's history