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The only mystery about Sir Ivan Rogers is why he was still in his job

7 January 2017 9:00 am

The wonder about Sir Ivan Rogers’s resignation as Britain’s ambassador to the EU is that he was still in the…

Ancient Greeks wouldn’t recognise George Osborne’s idea of democracy

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Ex-chancellor George Osborne is planning a book to be titled The Age of Unreason. He says that ‘it will be…

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Monte dei Paschi is everything that’s gone wrong with banking

7 January 2017 9:00 am

The headline business story of the holiday season was the latest bailout of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena. This…

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What explains the idiocy of the liberal elite? It’s their education

7 January 2017 9:00 am

What explains the silliness of the liberal elite? Their education

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2017: Europe's year of rage

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Across the continent, the pro-EU establishment is in trouble

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Populism vs post-democracy

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Europeans are usually alarmed or sniffy about American concern for democracy’s fate, but this time liberal opinion on both sides…

French Far Right Party 'Front National' May Day Demonstration In Paris

I’m a part of the elite. So why am I cheering for the populist right?

10 December 2016 9:00 am

‘Are you Charles Moore of The Spectator?’ I answered to that description. ‘Well,’ said my questioner, ‘I am worried that you’re…

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Matthew Parris vs Matt Ridley on Brexit bitterness

10 December 2016 9:00 am

A conversation about Brexit and bitterness

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Revealed - Theresa May's Brexit strategy

3 December 2016 9:00 am

For months, now, a hunt has been on for the government’s Brexit strategy. Theresa May has quite rightly refused to…

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Portrait of the week

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Home Paul Nuttall, aged 39, was elected leader of the UK Independence Party. He said: ‘I want to replace the Labour…

Expect an easy Brexit? Then you mistake the EU for something rational

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Irrational EU Sir: James Forsyth’s otherwise excellent piece on Brexit talks (‘Britain’s winning hand’, 26 November) suffers from the flaw…

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How Algeria could destroy the EU

3 December 2016 9:00 am

When Algeria’s elderly, unwell president dies, the Islamists will try to seize power, and Europe will face another refugee crisis

Trust a man who worked in one: we don’t want more prisons

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Prisons and the public Sir: Your leading article on the sorry state of our prisons (19 November) was very welcome.…

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Does any Supreme Court judge represent the 17.4 million Brexit voters?

26 November 2016 9:00 am

It is not self-evidently ridiculous that Nigel Farage should be the next British ambassador to the United States. The wishes…

May and Hammond’s promises to business are just window-dressing

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Theresa May likes to give a kitten-heeled kicking to conference audiences, even when they are police officers or her own…

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My husband’s affair with Michael Gove, and other things that didn’t happen

19 November 2016 9:00 am

A few weeks ago I discovered that while he should have been focused on the fight of his life during…

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Italy’s heading for its own Brexit moment

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Unelected prime minister Matteo Renzi is losing his own referendum campaign

A warning for Nigel Farage from ancient Athens

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Frenzied outrage from Leavers and comical paeans of praise from Remainers greeted the High Court’s decision to instruct government that Parliament…

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If you’re not about mob rule, Nigel, don’t call out your mob

12 November 2016 9:00 am

If you’re aiming to refute the suggestion that you can’t comprehend the difference between mob rule and the rule of…

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Theresa May's passage to India

5 November 2016 9:00 am

When a Prime Minister flies off abroad with a few business-leaders it is seldom worthy of comment. Such trade missions…

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Why Philip Hammond should be getting ready to break up RBS

5 November 2016 9:00 am

The new series of The Missing is surely the gloomiest television of the year. But it has nothing on the…

Christopher Marlowe and other Shakespeares

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Folio society A new collection of Shakespeare’s work credits Christopher Marlowe as co-author of the three Henry VI plays. Some…

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Should we all have the right not to bake a cake?

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Let us consider the case of the Ashers family bakery in Belfast which, in 2014, refused to make a cake.…

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I still think Big Bang hurt the City – but it’ll survive even Brexit

29 October 2016 9:00 am

As the 30th anniversary of Big Bang loomed, I found myself back at the scene of my City demise. Ebbgate…

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Maps are as much about art – and lies – as science

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Maps reveal the psychology of their creators as much as they describe topography, says Stephen Bayley