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Anti-Slavery Day March To Parliament

It's time for Britain to abolish slavery – again

5 July 2014

Who would have expected to find slavery on the outskirts of Cardiff? Not the locals, who were shocked when police carried out a raid while investigating the case of two… Read more

Former News of the World editor and Downing Street communications chief Andy Coulson has been found guilty of conspiracy to hack phones

Phone hacking - the silence of the censors

28 June 2014

We have not heard much from Hugh Grant this week. Nor from Max Mosley, Steve Coogan or any of the other bizarre array of celebrities and moguls who wanted to… Read more

Checkpoint Charlie (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

We won the Cold War – and then lost our way

21 June 2014

It would have been easy enough to imagine the 25th anniversary of the Eastern European revolutions being marked with a conference on liberty held in honour of Lady Thatcher —… Read more


The Iraq war isn't over – and terror has found a new home

14 June 2014

Seven weeks ago, Barack Obama proclaimed that ‘it’s time to turn the page on more than a decade of war’. The people of Iraq do not have this option. They’ve… Read more

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

The Tory wars are back – and dumber than ever

7 June 2014

Modern Conservatives seem to be allergic to success. Every time things are going right, the party spasms. Sir John Major’s government nurtured a remarkable economic recovery, yet was beaten after… Read more

Left or right?

Europe's extremists aren't really on the right

31 May 2014

This week, the European parliament took a strong lurch to the left. That is not quite the story that you may have read elsewhere — with most headlines stating that Europe… Read more

NATO 'Spring Storm' exercises took place this month in Estonia  Photo: Getty

The slow death of Nato

24 May 2014

The Cold War was won by 26 words contained within article five of the Treaty of Washington, which founded Nato in 1949: ‘The Parties agree that an armed attack against… Read more

Protest Against Abduction Of Nigerian Schoolgirls In Wellington

Why does Britain's fight for religious freedom stop at Dover?

17 May 2014

‘We don’t do God,’ was Alastair Campbell’s put-down when his charge, Tony Blair, was tempted to raise the issue of his faith. Unfortunately, it seems to have become the motto… Read more


What is David Cameron’s big idea?

10 May 2014

In almost a decade as Conservative leader, David Cameron has tended to avoid talking about his political philosophy. He has presented himself as a pragmatist, suspicious of anything ending in… Read more


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


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


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


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


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