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Leading article

Why lawyers deserve Michael Gove

27 June 2015

A great test of political leadership is how well you deal with vested interests on your own side. In his first speech as Lord Chancellor this week, Michael Gove has… Read more

Greece should remember the lesson of Black Wednesday

20 June 2015

The campaign to keep Greece in the euro has resulted in five years of groundhog days. The unfortunate country seems to be forever approaching a day of repayments it cannot… Read more

Cameron’s EU referendum tactics make Harold Wilson look clever

13 June 2015

David Cameron is now facing the biggest challenge of his leadership: how to renegotiate Britain’s membership of the EU without destroying his party. His dilemma mirrors the situation of Harold… Read more

This time, on surveillance, the Americans have it right

6 June 2015

Britain and America, as George Bernard Shaw is reputed to have said, are two countries divided by their common language. As of this week they are divided by something else,… Read more

Portrait of the week

Diary

Diary

Rachel Johnson

27 June 2015

My husband says I only write books in order to have a launch party. Not… Read more

Elisa Segrave

20 June 2015

Off to prison to visit a writer friend, first jailed led some years ago for… Read more

Jan Moir

13 June 2015

Down here in west Cornwall, the days are long and summer is on the wing.… Read more

Letters

27 June 2015 Aus

Hidden Reids Sir: In his piece on Alan Reid Peter Coleman has asked if there… Read more

27 June 2015

Free trade with Africa Sir: Nicholas Farrell suggests that a naval blockade is the only… Read more

20 June 2015

Growing congregations Sir: I would like to take issue with Damian Thompson (‘Crisis of faith’,… Read more

13 June 2015

The long arm of the FBI Sir: The White House may be less willing than… Read more

Ancient and modern

A&M

Why Hesiod would have gone for Grexit

27 June 2015

Why do Greeks want to keep the euro, or remain… Read more

What Aristotle would have made of Cambridge’s Lego-sponsored professor

20 June 2015

So Cambridge University has accepted £4 million from the makers… Read more

What Tacitus would have made of the applause at Fifa

13 June 2015

Apparently Fifa emperor Sepp Blatter received a ten-minute standing ovation… Read more