The shocking truth about police corruption in Britain

7 March 2015

It’s a growing problem. But they’re hunting whistleblowers instead

Muslims Celebrate The Festival Of Eid In London

Where the battle for the future of British Islam is being fought – and perhaps lost

7 March 2015

Unless we’re to have a religious underclass, we need activist groups like this one

Illustration by Carla Millar, after Banksy

What Ukip wants: get Farage elected, then prepare for a Labour collapse in the north

7 March 2015

It all hinges on Farage winning South Thanet. But what if he doesn’t?


Interview: George Osborne's Manchester manifesto

7 March 2015

The Chancellor on elected mayors, northern cities and the need for ‘a bit of the Michael Heseltine’

"Rapid Trident" Military Exercises In Western Ukraine

It’s Nato that’s empire-building, not Putin

7 March 2015

Two sides are required for a New Cold War — and there is no obvious need for an adversarial system in post-Soviet Europe


Shelling, militiamen and shattered villages: welcome to eastern Ukraine’s ceasefire

7 March 2015

Here, near the airport, the war has never really stopped. Soon it will resume everywhere

A reliable escape: Mikrolimano

Grim, generous, decaying and hip: the paradoxical charms of Athens

7 March 2015

Is a ‘new’ Athens emerging from the smog of ages and the rubble of a collapsed economy? Maybe…


Why an SNP surge at Westminster could mean the end of Britain

28 February 2015

Scotland’s political earthquake isn’t over, and the rest of the UK doesn’t yet understand the consequences


How liberal Britain is betraying ex-Muslims

28 February 2015

These incredibly brave people are risking their lives for the freedom not to believe. They deserve better from us


The myth of the housing crisis

28 February 2015

We’re destroying green belts and despoiling villages for the sake of a moral crusade based on developers’ propaganda


America’s greatest tradition: inventing spurious traditions

28 February 2015

From the State of the Union address to the marine’s salute as the president leaves his helicopter, we like nothing better than creating complicated little rituals


My wood-burning stove is expensive, trendy – and miserable

28 February 2015

According to Radio 4, wood-burning stoves are a mark of wordly success. Mine is reducing me to a cold, tired, red-eyed wreck

Sir James Goldsmith

Zac Goldsmith: How my dad saved Britain

28 February 2015

If you’re grateful not to be in the euro, it’s James Goldsmith and his ‘rebel army’ you should thank

Dramatic mountains and hidden bays

A cruise around Cleopatra's wedding present

28 February 2015

Turkey's Turquoise Coast is beautiful, fertile and relatively unspoilt


How Vladimir Putin is waging war on the West – and winning

21 February 2015

Across the new Europe, a little bit of Russian influence is going a long way


A survivor of the Copenhagen attack speaks: ‘If we should stop drawing cartoons, should we also stop having synagogues?’

21 February 2015

Helle Brix was with Lars Vilks when the gunman opened fire. Vilks raised a beer


It takes a village (or six): the battle for rural churches

21 February 2015

Can the Church of England keep the doors open for 10,000 tiny congregations?

WRACS Celebrate

VE day anniversary: why politics will take second place the day after the election

21 February 2015

With just ten weeks to go, however, plans for the 70th anniversary of VE day remain sketchy


Attack of the personal space invaders

21 February 2015

Who are these chaps who insist on standing so close that you can smell their breath?


The dark comedy of the Senate torture report

21 February 2015

I didn’t want to read it – until I was asked to write a preface for the French translation. I was startled by what I found

A worker stands in front of British fash

When did the advertising industry get so obsessed with swearing and innuendo?

21 February 2015

It may have started with French Connection’s tedious joke about FCUK

The Piazza Duoma in Syracuse

An earthquake with a Baroque legacy in Sicily

21 February 2015

The joys of architecture and Mafia-built motorways in Syracuse, Sicily


I wouldn't want to be a girl in the age of Tinder

14 February 2015

Smartphone romance is all swipes, clicks and sexts. And real life is going the same way

Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

Ed Miliband’s critics hate him for his success

14 February 2015

On Murdoch, big business, Syria and Palestine, the Labour leader has changed the game. Some will never forgive him