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The government’s pledge to increase NHS spending is disgusting

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Seen from almost any point of view, the government’s decision to increase spending on the NHS is disgusting. It is…

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How the NHS cash bung is being hijacked by Remainers

23 June 2018 9:00 am

The cabinet’s trip to Chequers next month will be a tense affair. Things always are when Brexit is the only…

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‘Virtual referees’ are turning the World Cup into a farce

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Flies, millions of them, vast swarms of them, spawned in the filthy Volga river: mutant flies, probably. Gathering in clouds…

How does anyone manage to navigate the maze of our second-rate NHS?

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Next month the National Health Service turns 70. The institution is greatly loved, and not for nothing. The fear of…

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The myth and menace of cryptocurrencies

23 June 2018 9:00 am

‘So, Professor Shin, tell us what you really think about cryptocurrencies.’ I’m guessing that’s the brief the Bank for International…

The pressure on Theresa May is rising

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Cans kicked down the road, last–minute concessions made, the process kept on track — just. This is how many people…

Justin Trudeau is far more pointless than Donald Trump

16 June 2018 9:00 am

‘Trudeau or Trump?’ was a choice which Theresa May, with unusually ready wit, evaded in Parliament on Monday. No doubt…

What kills migrants on boats? Politicians' good intentions

16 June 2018 9:00 am

I have been scouring the internet trying to find a right-wing festival to take the family to this summer. I…

Is it ok for Muslim parents to stop their kids having non-Muslim pals?

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Is it all right for the Muslim parents of children at British state schools to prevent their sons and daughters…

How to raise and train a teenage daughter

16 June 2018 9:00 am

‘Dad, am I driving like a normal driver yet? Are you relaxing like a normal relaxed passenger or are you…

For Pester of TSB, like Patterson of BT, the only way is exit

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Should he stay or should he go — or will he already have gone by the time you read this?…

This period of British history is like the first months of the second world war

9 June 2018 9:00 am

A distinguished retired EU diplomat from a small EU member state sends me a thoughtful letter. He complains that Brexit…

Hedgers vs Ditchers: the new Brexit divide

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Brexit could look very different by the end of this month. In the coming days, the government is expected to…

There are too many women on Radio 4 and they’re always moaning

9 June 2018 9:00 am

We had a long drive back from the north-east last weekend. Six hours or so, including a stop halfway, just…

Sweet sorrow: the only grief we mention is that with comfort buried inside it

9 June 2018 9:00 am

It was the phrase ‘sad sweet feeling in your heart’ that arrested my attention. But who would have thought it…

Great writers are found with an open mind

9 June 2018 9:00 am

I’d been suffering under the misguided illusion that the purpose of mainstream publishers like Penguin Random House was to sell…

Let’s hope for a better, demerged, RBS when it’s back in private hands

9 June 2018 9:00 am

At last the government has restarted the process of selling its stake in Royal Bank of Scotland. A first £2…

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The EU should go the way of the British Empire

2 June 2018 9:00 am

To understand how the European Union works, and how it doesn’t, it helps to think of it as an empire.…

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Could a eurozone crisis benefit Brexit?

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Is it better to negotiate with a confident, optimistic European Union or a nervous, fretful one? Even Brexiteers are split…

When will the Tories learn: murdering animals isn’t a vote-winner

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Buoyed by its huge popularity in the opinion polls and the fact that it is managing Brexit so well, the…

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s transgender superman

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Comics aren’t what they used to be. In 1976 I was 11 — the perfect target audience for probably the…

WH Smith, Britain’s worst high-street retailer, is ripe for disruption

2 June 2018 9:00 am

I’m not in the least surprised to learn that WH Smith has been voted Britain’s worst high-street retailer in a…

Michael Gove’s stove ban is a direct attack on country life

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Michael Gove wants to punish those who use wood-burning stoves and possibly even open fires. It would be hard to…

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Donald Trump’s murky past is catching up with him

26 May 2018 9:00 am

 Washington, DC It was a petulant Donald Trump who appeared at a White House press briefing on Tuesday with the…

Is Meghan’s wedding our ‘Obama moment’? Let’s hope not

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Here’s something to bear in mind over the next few years. Be wary of taking advice on social justice from…