Leading articlerss

NHS on crutches

If you really love the NHS, you know it needs to change

7 March 2015

To adapt Aeschylus’s aphorism on war and truth, the first casualty in a general election campaign is objectivity. Over the next eight weeks NHS staff can expect nothing but saccharine… Read more

Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw Photo: Getty

The real problem with our MPs: they’re obsessed with the super-rich

28 February 2015

Had the public been asked, before Monday morning, to identify two MPs who stood for honesty and decency, the names Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind would have been prominent… Read more

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Photo: Getty

Let Greece leave the eurozone

21 February 2015

To listen to Greek government ministers addressing the outside world during their breaks from negotiations with eurozone leaders this week, it would be easy to form the impression that Greece… Read more

David Cameron and Barack Obama at last years NATO summit Photo: Getty

In this election, won't someone please weaponise defence?

14 February 2015

Britain is forfeiting its position on the world stage. With no national debate, we are surrendering our claim to be a major player in international affairs and undermining the Atlantic… Read more

Britain's Education Secretary Nicky Morgan Photo: Getty

Proof that the schools revolution isn’t over

7 February 2015

For those who assumed that the removal of Michael Gove as Education Secretary marked the end of the Conservatives’ scholastic reforms, this month may hold a surprise. More free schools… Read more

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Calling the Green party socialist is an insult to socialists

31 January 2015

The Green party has been likened to a watermelon: green on the outside and red on the inside. But that is to do a huge injustice to generations of socialists… Read more

Food and fuel prices are set to fall Photo: Getty

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 walks with Francois Hollande and other heads of state in Paris Photo: Getty

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

Prime Minister David Cameron Delivers His Keynote Speech At The Conservative Party Conference

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


Why do the Liberal Democrats see the over-65s as a "time bomb"?

13 December 2014

We are living longer, healthier and more prosperous lives than ever — it’s one of the greatest advances of our time, and yet our politicians prefer to see it as… Read more

Chancellor George Osborne Delivers His Autumn Statement

George Osborne's ambition deficit

6 December 2014

When George Osborne first became Chancellor, he asked to be judged on his ability to reduce the deficit. He does not make that request any more. This year’s deficit is… Read more


Playing chicken with Vladimir Putin

29 November 2014

An official end to the Cold War was declared at a summit between President George H. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev on a Soviet cruise ship moored at Malta on 2… Read more


Spare us a Bob?

22 November 2014

Anyone listening to the BBC this week could be forgiven for thinking that the musician Bob Geldof had just emerged from Africa, like a latter-day Dr Livingstone, the first westerner… Read more

Prime Minister David Cameron Attends The Lord Mayor's Banquet

Thank heavens for Justin Welby!

15 November 2014

For decades, interventions of the Archbishop of Canterbury in national debate were like a sporadic bombardment of small pebbles against the door of Downing Street. Justin Welby has changed all… Read more

Chancellor George Osborne Meets Women Leading The Economy

Say no to devolution without democracy

8 November 2014

Imagine if, in one of her first acts as First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon announced that, in spite of the result of September’s independence vote, Scotland was to declare… Read more

UKIP Campaign In Rochester Before Upcoming By-election

How to fight Ukip

1 November 2014

In the 2005 general election this magazine supported the Conservatives, with one exception — we urged voters in Medway not to vote for a deeply unimpressive Tory candidate by the name… Read more

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Deal with the debt, George Osborne? You’ve hardly started

25 October 2014

George Osborne has declared victory over Ed Balls, the IMF and all the others who warned that his austerity measures would throw Britain back into recession. But his triumphalism obscures… Read more

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan  and First Lady Emine Erdogan visit the Obama's last month

If Turkey turns on the West, what hope is there for Syria and Iraq?

18 October 2014

Turkey has long been a bridge between the West and the Middle East. Its record on free speech may be lamentable and it treats its Kurdish minority shoddily, but against… Read more

A Doctors Without Borders health worker holds a child suspected of having Ebola, Liberia Photo: Getty

There is a way to beat Ebola (and we're already doing it)

11 October 2014

There is something depressing about the fact that it has taken a sick Spanish nurse to put Ebola back on the front pages. Since the summer, some 3,400 West Africans… Read more


Britain doesn't need hateful laws to defeat hate preachers

4 October 2014

If the Labour party conference in Manchester felt like a funeral, the Conservatives’ gathering in Birmingham had the air of a wedding. It had jazz bands, champagne bars and a… Read more


The Arab world wants to help America defeat ISIS. Do they want or need the RAF?

27 September 2014

It is a mark of the uncertainty of our policy in the Middle East that just over a year ago Parliament was recalled to debate whether to launch military strikes… Read more


Alex Salmond's success is just a symptom of our age of rage

20 September 2014

In his short and infrequent visits to Scotland this year, the Prime Minister should have found time to speak to those supporting the ‘yes’ campaign. He would have seen and… Read more


One week to save Britain

13 September 2014

Next week, the most important vote in recent British history will be held. Indeed, it may well turn out to be one of the last ballots in British history. Seven… Read more

Ukrainian tanks line up in Donetsk Photo: AFP/Getty

Nato must rediscover its purpose, or it will end up losing a war

6 September 2014

This week’s Nato summit was originally intended to look back on lessons learned from Afghanistan and reflect on the notion that (as Barack Obama put it) a ‘decade of war… Read more