Without Scotland, England will be a weedy laughing stock

5 July 2014

Our future disunited kingdom could be more of a mess than anyone has really grasped

The Annual Cowal Highland Games

Vote yes, Scots – and set the English free

5 July 2014

Scottish independence will indeed be a disaster. But only north of the border


The sinister cult of the Singularity (and how it's shaping your future)

5 July 2014

A geek religion that aims to exalt machines instead diminishes humanity

Ray Honeyford Headmaster At Drummond Middle School In Bradford. Pictured With Asian Pupils. (received In Library 24/10/1984)

Let's face it – Ray Honeyford got it right on Islam and education

5 July 2014

The Bradford headmaster was dismissed. He should have been applauded

Photo: Alex Kouprianoff

How Napoleon won at Waterloo

5 July 2014

The battle went to Wellington. But for once, it was the losers who wrote the history

Saddam on money

Baghdad notebook: "Things were better in Saddam's time"

5 July 2014

Notes from uneasy Baghdad


The terminal confusion of Dignity in Dying

5 July 2014

The closer you look at the campaign to legalise assisted dying, the less reassuring it all becomes

Sometimes, only experts can tell the difference

Hundreds of years of history in a £2 plate

5 July 2014

Blue-and-white china tells a fascinating story – even the modern fake stuff


It's not just Islam – a global religious revival is changing politics for ever

28 June 2014

Increasingly, not to understand faith is not to understand the world


Does Nigel Farage really know who he's allying with?

28 June 2014

Italy's stand-up populist has some alarming statements in his record – and some even more alarming supporters


Should I report my boyfriend to the police?

28 June 2014

He made a joke about punching. Unlike Michael Fabricant’s, it was funny


The creepy campaign for masturbation

28 June 2014

It's the perfect cause for our narcissistic times


How the internet can – and should – destroy estate agents

28 June 2014

If ever there was a business model ripe for disruption, it’s theirs

Thailand's Military Coup Continues As General Prayuth Receives Royal Endorsement

Why Thailand's elite fell out of love with democracy

28 June 2014

The rise of China is giving the developing world a new, authoritarian model

An artist’s impression: Radøy as Claudia saw it

The immigration museum that travelled 4,000 miles

28 June 2014

And other joys of Radoy, Norway


Rose Prince’s summer wine match menu

28 June 2014

Potted crab, oysters with pastis, salt marsh lamb with samphire, apple and rhubarb sherbert


Discovering bourbon on Brick Lane

28 June 2014

It took an east London bowling alley to make me understand the taste of home

Grape preparation: the preferred method in north London

Politically correct wines worth drinking

28 June 2014

These bottles satisfy my need for middle-class virtue – and my tastebuds

So, how’s your branding?

My own private craft beer World Cup

28 June 2014

The big brands are harder to beat than you might think


Red wine... with a hint of Diet Coke

28 June 2014

Improvise in my wine tasting? Is this what you meant?


The delicious return of Gin Lane

Two centuries after Britain banned small distillers, they’re back – and brilliant

How it used to be done: practice for the 1955 Soho Waiters’ Race, from Soho Square to Greek Street

What it takes to be Best Sommelier of the World

28 June 2014

I saw the competitors face off in Tokyo. It’s absurdly rigorous


The deadly cycle of terror that has Iraq and Syria in its grip

Al-Qa'eda in Iraq faded away. ISIS may well do too. But don't you dare say 'mission accomplished'...

The Trip to Italy Screening - Sundance London Film And Music Festival 2014

Since when has Steve Coogan stood against censorship?

21 June 2014

Why is Index on Censorship cosying up to the tribune of Hacked Off?


Cad of the year 2014: The nominations are in…

21 June 2014

…from Jilly Cooper, Rod Liddle, Petronella Wyatt, Rachel Johnson and more