The Plaza de España at dusk

Seville: a city to get lost in

23 August 2014

You'll find the youthful vigour amid the grand architecture, as long as you're not looking too hard


Another Iraq war is coming – the only question is whether we want to win

16 August 2014

A successful military intervention isn't just possible; it's essential

The Last U.S. Troop Brigade In Iraq Departs Country After Over Eight Years Of War

Is there anything worse than Isis? Bomb them and we'll soon find out

16 August 2014

No doubt the 'Islamic State' poses some danger. Direct western intervention will only make it more dangerous

The spokesman of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam, "Abu Ubaida," in

No, I haven’t seen that beheading video. And it’s not right to share it

16 August 2014

The net is full of murder porn, self-righteously shared. So, increasingly, are newspapers. It’s time to take a stand


I proposed to my wife in Haiti. Soon I won't be able to recognise it

16 August 2014

Everywhere I was struck by the fever of rebuilding and reconstruction


The squeezed middle is a myth

16 August 2014

Middle England is screaming about lost entitlements – but quietly doing rather well


The bizarre – and costly – cult of Richard Dawkins

16 August 2014

It’s like a church without the good bits. Membership starts from $85 a month


David Cameron could have been an anti-slavery hero

16 August 2014

Now it's up to the churches to make sure that someone seizes the chance


I believe in animal research. But it’s time to draw a line

16 August 2014

If we want to defend genuinely groundbreaking and beneficial work, we need to think more seriously about how animals are used in education

Activity break: Nira Alpina also offers kite-surfing

Nira Alpina, St Moritz: A cool Alpine hotel that's perfect for the under-tens

16 August 2014

No, I couldn't believe it, either


Boris is back – and he has George Osborne in his sights

9 August 2014

Can the Friends of Boris take down the Friends of George? Don't bet against them

Metropolitan Police Passing Out Parade

Seat-shopping with Boris Johnson

9 August 2014

He wants to stand for Parliament in 2015. Fine. Where?

Campaigning Official Starts For The Scottish Referendum

How can you tell that Alistair Darling's winning? Listen to the rage of Scotland's yes campaign

9 August 2014

The Scottish referendum battle still has six weeks to run. But right now there's no doubt who's ahead


Wanted: a leader for the free world

9 August 2014

The only countries willing to pay the price of leadership are ones we'd really rather didn't have it


How niceness became the eighth deadly sin for women

9 August 2014

We’re increasingly enjoined not to be nice. We seem to be listening

Unity Mitford proudly displays a swastika badge Photo: Getty

Hitler's party girl: the strange, shameful life of Unity Mitford

9 August 2014

She lived to shock. And then she found fascism

Construction Of Europe's Largest Manmade Coastal Nature Reserve Begins On Wallasea Island

Don't blame the 'green blob', Owen Paterson. Blame your boss

9 August 2014

As chairman of the National Trust, I’m part of the collection of green groups the former Environment Secretary blames for his sacking. He’s wrong

Nature comes first: Lower Mill Estate

On safari in Gloucestershire

9 August 2014

Beavers and other wonders of the Lower Mill Estate


The strange death of individualism

2 August 2014

Individualism is dead: we have succumbed to the lure of the crowd


What our leaders would say if they really cared about defending Britain's Jews

2 August 2014

This lynch-mob mentality has been building for years

Kaiser Wilhelm II - World War One

Why Germany doesn't want to remember the fist world war

2 August 2014

My country has worked hard to come to terms with the second world war. That seems to have meant ignoring the first


Porn-agains: meet the middle-aged men - and women - warped by internet porn

2 August 2014

Society's anxiety about online porn has been so focused on the young that its impact on the older generation has gone largely unnoticed

Gauguin’s Pacific Islanders owe as much to travel literature as to direct observation.

From the Elgin marbles to Carl Andre's bricks: the mistakes that have made great art

2 August 2014

Some of the most important creative steps forward begin simply as misunderstandings


In our hard-pressed NHS, must sympathy be rationed too?

2 August 2014

A toxic mixture of cost-cutting and ideology seems to have put a limit on tea and sympathy

Portrait of George I of Great Britain

Now remember August 1714

2 August 2014

This week's other great historical anniversary: the Hanoverian accession