UKIP Prepares For Rochester And Strood By-Election

How to fix Britain’s immigration crisis (without leaving Europe)

13 December 2014

The problem Ukip has highlighted is real. But there are better solutions


Europeans no longer fear Germany. But do the Germans still fear themselves?

13 December 2014

The need for a ‘more active foreign policy’ clashes with the deep-seated pacifism of the federal republic


David Hare’s notebook: The National Theatre belongs to taxpayers, not corporate sponsors

13 December 2014

Plus: The forward-thinking elderly, and agreeing with a critic


Why are we abandoning the Middle East's Christians to Isis?

13 December 2014

If the Christians of Iraq and Syria are to survive, they may have to do it in Acton


The Christmas lunch

13 December 2014

A short story by Nina Stibbe, illustrated by Carolyn Gowdy


Alexander McCall Smith’s notebook: America vs my diet

13 December 2014

Plus: Changing manners in baseball caps and grammar

Ofsted Chief Inspector visits school

Has the Chief Inspector of Schools really gone rogue?

13 December 2014

Sir Michael Wilshaw must revamp his power-crazed organisation


Edie Campbell’s catwalk notes: the joys of the hunt ball, and mystery of Grozny fashion week

13 December 2014

Plus: Trying to interview a model, and glamour in Earl’s Court


Interview: Alex Salmond’s game plan for the Commons

13 December 2014

Scotland’s former first minister on the allure of the Queen and Prince Charles – and the defects of Cameron and Miliband


Pippa Middleton on wine, fishing and Kim Kardashian

13 December 2014

Plus: Eulogy for a church, and my first go at country dancing


Valérie Trierweiler’s notebook: Christmas as a singleton

13 December 2014

Plus: Throwing out books, and #BringBackourGirls


Straight white males are the winners in the sexual counter-revolution

13 December 2014

Forget the culture war rhetoric. We squares have won


Alan Turing's last victory

13 December 2014

Once secret, then misrepresented, the story of Bletchley Park has become a worldwide cult

Berlin And Ladies

From the archive: Sound of the season

13 December 2014

How ‘White Christmas’ invented the modern festive song

Illustrated by Michael Heath

The Servant

13 December 2014

A Christmas short story by Mark Forsyth, illustrated by Michael Heath

The aurora: you really have to see it for yourself

The Northern Lights

13 December 2014

Getting here took a long time. First a flight to Seattle, then a connection to Fairbanks, followed by a coach to Coldfoot Camp and a final stage by minibus. It’s… Read more


The difference between real journalism and Russia Today

6 December 2014

It looks like a news channel. It talks like a news channel. It says whatever Putin wants

Credit: Fast FT

Putin's great gamble is about to backfire

6 December 2014

Since the invasion of Crimea, Russia's President has been conducting an experiment in anti-western rebellion


How HS2 has blighted my parents’ lives

6 December 2014

My dad’s back working in a car factory at 77, a lifetime’s work wrecked by a blighted house


The grim state of South Africa one year after Nelson Mandela

6 December 2014

It's not that he presided over a golden age; it's that the problems have become clearer since


Uncovering the hidden key to Pope Francis’s politics

6 December 2014

It’s in his leadership of Argentina’s Jesuits, when he laid emphasis on the perspective of the ordinary faithful poor, that the truth is to be found


The perils of being a posh boy on the telly

6 December 2014

The Tatler documentary brought me instant fame – and mockery

Singers Recording

A beautiful speaking voice is a window to the soul

6 December 2014

The best voices draw attention to the words spoken, not the speaker


A middle-class show-off’s guide to craft beer

6 December 2014

Few recent trends have provided as many delicious ways to assuage your status anxiety

Islay as seen from the gates of the Bruichladdich distillery

Not all single malts from Islay are for peat freaks

6 December 2014

The subtle lure of Bruichladdich