I don’t want to be a mansion tax migrant

2 May 2015

The super-rich can shrug off Labour’s big tax idea. People like me will be forced out

A migrant woman waits in Lampedusa to board a ship bound for Sicily, April 23 2015. Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

How Lampedusa copes when the migrant ships come in

2 May 2015

Most survive the terrible journey. The next steps are less certain, for them and for Europe


Tinder went looking for fresh flesh – and accidentally found me

2 May 2015

These apps help people to make social connections — but at the cost, perhaps, of sexualising social life


Humans are doing democracy wrong. Bees are doing it right

There is a system that accounts for intensity of passion as well as idle opinion – hives have used it successfully for millions of years

A beautiful maze: Marseille’s Old Town

The pleasures of getting lost in Marseille

2 May 2015

Art, culture, fish soup and smelly soap — it’s all there


David Cameron: 'I always manage to portray a calm smoothness or something'

Exclusive interview: David Cameron on what his government has achieved, and what it will take for him to get another one


A 1992 election-day lunch with the young David Cameron

25 April 2015

He was already clearly destined for the top — and in no doubt who would win that day

Patrick Fitzgerald (Photo: Getty)

Judith Miller, Scooter Libby, and the trouble with special prosecutors

25 April 2015

Libby’s conviction looks ever shakier – and the system that produced it ever more worrying


The students tearing down Cecil Rhodes’s statue are still upholding his legacy

25 April 2015

They complain that the university is too ‘Eurocentric’ – but they show no signs of wanting to make any actual changes


The DUP’s Nigel Dodds may soon be propping up the Tories. What does he want?

25 April 2015

The Orangeman with the First in law from Cambridge has found himself suddenly popular with Commons colleagues


Why American psychoanalysts are an endangered species

25 April 2015

Drugs, yoga, CBT and busy lives are occupying the space once reserved for the shrink’s couch


Whose hair are you buying?

25 April 2015

Britain buys £43 million worth of human hair a year. But it’s dismayingly hard to find out who it comes from


‘About time too!’: Joan Collins curtseys to Prince Charles

25 April 2015

Parties, hats and dancing around handbags – everything you need to know about becoming a dame

A portrait of Raymond Carr as Warden of St Antony’s College, Oxford, by his son Matthew

An education to know: remembering Raymond Carr

25 April 2015

Laughter, bird-watching, jazz and unmatched erudition

A serious business

A wine pro finds himself out of his depth at the Varsity Blind Wine Tasting Match

25 April 2015

They thought it would be fun to let a team of journalists compete against the students from Oxford and Cambridge. We didn’t know what we’d be facing…


Left-wing populism is on the rise - and may take Ed Miliband to No10

18 April 2015

Would-be leaders of the left are harnessing a mood of angry populism. It’s better as a way of getting elected than as an approach to government

Hillary Clinton Begins Presidential Campaign In Iowa

How Hillary Clinton found her populist side (and why she’ll have to lose it)

18 April 2015

The Democratic party has moved left under Obama. It’s not a look that suits the former first lady

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Attends CND Scotland Scrap Trident Rally

The SNP has replaced the Church of Scotland

18 April 2015

That’s why its arguments are so impervious to evidence and reason


Hating the Daily Mail is a substitute for doing good

18 April 2015

Want to be virtuous? Saying the right things violently on Twitter is much easier than real kindness


Sorry Katie Hopkins, but I’m not dieting. Ever

18 April 2015

As Kingsley Amis said, no pleasure is worth giving up for the sake of two more years in a geriatric home

Forces of nature: Maggi Hambling with ‘Amy Winehouse’, a painting exhibited at her Walls of Water show last year

‘This stuff goes on being alive’: Maggi Hambling on the power of painting

18 April 2015

The artist, at 69, on Rembrandt, Twombly and talking to God

CBI Annual Conference 2014

How Ed Miliband lost the Jewish vote

18 April 2015

He’d be the first Jewish prime minister since Disraeli. So why is a swing-voting community overwhelmingly backing the Tories?

Møns Klint as painted by Claudia Massie

Ed Miliband could still win. Here’s what would happen next

11 April 2015

He’s not an out-and-out ideologue. But he is indecisive, full of strange ideas about business, and convinced that he’s a man of destiny


Ed Miliband’s 100 days – and the first Ed Balls Budget

11 April 2015

There will be tax rises to suit every taste. But the people he’s expecting to pay will probably just leave