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

Each green is a riddle: Gleneagles

An amateur's guide to the glories of Gleneagles

2 August 2014

At the home of this year's Ryder Cup, each green is a riddle


Are we on the verge of a new credit crunch?

26 July 2014

No one will thank you for talking about it, but in the world's QE-happy stock markets, indicators are flashing red


The EU's right not to slap big sanctions on Russia. Here's what it should do instead

26 July 2014

A considered response to the tragedy of Flight MH17 could start to undo a quarter-century of failed policy


Vladimir Putin’s empire of lies

26 July 2014

His answer to the destruction of Flight MH17 has been more propaganda.In Russia, at least, it seems to be working


What’s wrong with sunglasses

26 July 2014

People who wear shades all the time seem to radiate disdain

Rafferty Law (son of Jude ’n’ Sadie) with ‘close friend and fellow model’ Cora Corre (granddaughter of Vivienne Westwood) Photo: David M Benett

Meet the new faces of nepotism

26 July 2014

The old paths to the top for working-class children – sport, music, acting, writing – are increasingly closed


‘It’s jihad, innit, bruv’: meet the British Muslims going to fight in Syria

26 July 2014

There are two kinds of foreign recruit to Isis: the ‘gangsters’ and the true believers