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Don't believe the gloom-mongers: deflation will be good for Britain

24 January 2015

Campaigning in Putney in 1978, Mrs Thatcher famously took out a pair of scissors and cut a pound note down the middle, telling her audience that the remaining stump represented… Read more

David Cameron has a very strange idea of freedom

17 January 2015

Last Sunday, David Cameron marched through Paris in solidarity, so it seemed, with those who stand up for free speech. Anyone who thought he meant it must now be crying… Read more

The attack on Charlie Hebdo is an attack on freedom

10 January 2015

The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo lambasts, attacks and lampoons absolutely everybody. Its targets include all religions, all identity groups, minorities and majorities. In recent years it has been most… Read more

What David Cameron must do to win (properly this time)

3 January 2015

Almost exactly five years ago, the Conservatives fired the starting gun for a general election — and shot themselves in the foot. ‘We can’t go on like this,’ said the… Read more

Portrait of the week



Tom Holland

24 January 2015

As weather bombs brew in the north Atlantic, I’m roughing it by heading off to… Read more

Owen Matthews

17 January 2015

 Moscow Here we go again. The rouble slides, then tumbles, and slides again. For those… Read more

Nicky Haslam

10 January 2015

I was once bundled into a police car in Palm Springs to explain why I… Read more


24 January 2015 Aus

Lucky Country Sir: I run a slashing contracting business and cattle at Byron Bay. I… Read more

24 January 2015

The roots of radicalism Sir: Qanta Ahmed is to be praised for her dissection of… Read more

17 January 2015 Aus

No Stitch Up Dear Qanta: Our names are Andrew O’Keefe and Monique Wright, and we… Read more

17 January 2015

Dreadful treatment Sir: I worked as a GP through the Thatcher, Major, Blair, and Brown… Read more

Ancient and modern


Socrates, Aristophanes and Charlie Hebdo

24 January 2015

What would the ancients have made of Charlie Hebdo? The… Read more

Ched Evans: law vs people power

17 January 2015

‘This was the rule for men that Zeus established: whereas… Read more

What MPs need is an oath with consequences

10 January 2015

Before taking their seats in Parliament, all MPs must swear… Read more