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A shameful U-turn at the National Trust

3 May 2014

What has happened to Dame Helen Ghosh? Last October the director-general of the National Trust seemed prepared to stand against the green orthodoxy which exists in the public and voluntary… Read more

Man tearing Union Jack

How to lose Scotland

26 April 2014

For centuries, the possibility of Scottish independence seemed so remote as to be laughable. Until recently the nationalists seemed quixotic, rather than menacing. Now, however, we are facing the very… Read more

Vladimir Putin and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu. Photo: Getty Images.

Vladimir Putin knows what he stands for. Do we?

19 April 2014

Possibly because his oratory is no match for his much-displayed pectoral muscles, the speeches of Vladimir Putin are seldom reported at length in the West. But as a means of… Read more

Ministers Attend The Government's Weekly Cabinet

It's time to stop the omnishambles - and send Lynton Crosby to No. 10

12 April 2014

Yet again, the Conservative party has reminded us that it is quite capable of losing the next election. The events leading up to Maria Miller’s resignation are entirely consistent with… Read more

"Now, son, here's how you bugger up a country…"

François Hollande's France is a preview of Ed Miliband's Britain. And it's terrifying

5 April 2014

François Hollande and Ed Miliband could be political blood brothers. Neither has held down a job outside politics for any serious length of time. Both have been political bag carriers,… Read more

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Putin's aggression is the price of western weakness

29 March 2014

One cannot legislate for a quiet world. When a former Princeton University college professor was elected president of the United States, he joked before his inauguration that ‘it would be… Read more

The Chancellor George Osborne Prepares To Give His Budget To Parliament

George Osborne's pensions revolution

22 March 2014

It is easy to see why George Osborne seemed so confident ahead of the Budget. His radical reform of the pension system, allowing people far easier access to their pension… Read more

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Why British mothers need a tax break

15 March 2014

Next week’s Budget marks George Osborne’s last chance to make a game-changing reform before the next election. The Chancellor will have his boasts ready: he’ll say that Britain has the… Read more

Merkel calls the shots - and Germany's economy is powered by Russian gas

Why an EU summit will never solve the Ukraine crisis

8 March 2014

For the first time in many years, the eyes of the world are on Crimea. As Russian troops violated Ukrainian sovereignty, the question swiftly became, ‘What can we do?’ If… Read more

The lavish estate of Viktor Yanukovych Photo: Getty

Stop bribing Ukraine – and start helping

1 March 2014

The last time Viktor Yanukovych was removed from power in Ukraine, following a corrupt election nearly a decade ago, it was called the Orange Revolution. This time around it should… Read more

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Why America's ivory ban won't help elephants

22 February 2014

The Duke of Cambridge deserves credit for bringing his influence to bear on the growing tragedy of the elephant, whose population is being decimated by poaching. But his advisers should… Read more

Sun Rises As Somerset Levels Recovers From Recent Flooding

Britain needs small government, not weak government. That means strong flood defences

15 February 2014

There is nothing inevitable about the by now familiar sight of residents being towed away from flooded homes, of shops and businesses submerged, and all the misery and economic turmoil… Read more

Prince Charles Visits Flood-Hit Communities On The Somerset Levels

Floods of incompetence - why Chris Smith should resign from the Environment Agency

8 February 2014

When Prince Charles arrived in Somerset to meet some of those caught up in the disaster which in five weeks has drowned 50 square miles of that county in floodwater,… Read more

John Major stands behind David Cameron. Will they share the same fate at the hands of Tory rebels? Image: Getty

The Tory rebels have two choices: shut up or lose the election

1 February 2014

Things could scarcely be going better for the Conservatives. Every week seems to bring more news of the recovery. High street tills are ringing, employment is at an all-time high… Read more

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Why is the Church of England so obsessed with sex?

25 January 2014

Four bishops and a retired civil servant shut away in a palace, talking about human sexuality — it sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. But the resulting Pilling Report… Read more

Leonardo diCaprio as Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street

Forget Wall St. The Wolves of Whitehall caused the crash - and could do so again

18 January 2014

This week, Martin Scorsese’s film The Wolf of Wall Street opened and the Office of National Statistics reported that house prices are up by 12 per cent in London and… Read more

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Welfare wars

11 January 2014

George Osborne is refreshingly uninterested in his public image, believing that he will be judged by the success (or otherwise) of his economic policies. So when the Chancellor pops up… Read more

South Shields Byelection

The big idea that can win the Tories the next election

4 January 2014

In one sense David Cameron is lucky that the Conservatives do not enter 2014 with a lead in the polls. If they did, the Prime Minister would be under pressure… Read more

Third world literacy is at an all time high

Why 2013 has been the best year in human history

14 December 2013

Pessimism sells. It shifts books and newspapers, sends ratings soaring. It fills lecture halls, wins research grants, makes political careers. We are fed this constant diet of doom, predicting anything… Read more

The Conservative Party Annual Conference

George Osborne has seen the light on tax cuts. Now he needs to implement some more

7 December 2013

George Osborne has not been a complete disappointment as Chancellor. He has, it is depressing to note, ended up giving Britain a leisurely ten years to get back in the… Read more

Pensioners Face A Difficult Winter With Rising Costs Of Living

Our enemy is not global warming. In Britain, people are dying of the cold

30 November 2013

Fanciful predictions of all the deaths that will result from climate change, decades into the future, are regularly thrown into public debate. Less attention has been given to a real… Read more

First Minister Alex Salmond Presents The Case Scotland's Economic Future

Alex Salmond's economic policies would drive an independent Scotland into the ground

23 November 2013

Within the white paper on economic policy in an independent Scotland that was published by Alex Salmond’s government this week there is a liberal economic manifesto trying to get out.… Read more

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty)

Vive la France! Everyone else, led by Obama, is capitulating to Iran

16 November 2013

President Obama’s flagship foreign policy of ‘leading from behind’ has had some surprising consequences. Not least among them is that France now appears to be leading the free world. During… Read more

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We are not 'tired of war'. We are tired of lack of leadership to win one

9 November 2013

One remarkable fact of recent years is that even as the veterans of the first world war have died and as those who served in the second world war have… Read more

Controversial High Speed Rail Link Given Government Approval

High-speed fail

2 November 2013

A year ago the electoral strategies of the two main parties seemed set. The Conservatives would stand as the party of prudence, claiming to have saved Britain from a Greek-style… Read more