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The DUP is quite likely to cave in over ‘regulatory alignment’. Here’s why they should not

9 December 2017 9:00 am

I’m afraid I have a deep faith in the Democratic Unionist Party’s capacity to cede an issue of principle in…

If Damian Green lied about looking at porn, I don’t blame him one bit

9 December 2017 9:00 am

I first viewed pornography at the age of 12, when a school friend showed me a magazine called, I think,…

How I learned to stop worrying and love the monarchy

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Prince Harry does not exist and soon Meghan Markle will cease to exist too. None of the royal family exist.…

The skulking assassins of the London Stock Exchange

9 December 2017 9:00 am

The revenge tragedy at the London Stock Exchange whose plot I outlined last month has reached its third act, but…

The Tories’ fate is in their own hands

2 December 2017 9:00 am

How will the Tory party remember 2017? Will it be the year it lost its majority, alienated key sections of…

Meghan Markle ticks almost every modern box. Let’s not pretend she’s a tough sell

2 December 2017 9:00 am

We are congratulating ourselves and the royal family on overcoming prejudice by welcoming Meghan Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry. But…

Raising awareness for enraged ‘victims’ always ends in lunacy

2 December 2017 9:00 am

The deaf are beginning to annoy me. They seem, paradoxically, more voluble than the blind. Perhaps this is because, understandably,…

If you voted Remain, you’ll never ‘get’ Trump

2 December 2017 9:00 am

How do you defend Donald Trump without coming across like a rabid lunatic? This was my challenge as the only…

This £50 billion EU ‘divorce bill’ is more like a ransom

2 December 2017 9:00 am

A  ‘bill’ is not commonly subject to negotiation. It arrives after a customer has contracted for the purchase of goods…

A sensible Budget and stronger banks – what could go wrong?

2 December 2017 9:00 am

One week you’re fighting to survive the dance-off amid vicious backstage rivalries, the next you’re scoring a perfect ten from…

The Queen and Prince Philip’s 70th anniversary party sounds glorious

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Windsor Castle on Monday night sounds like a children’s party magnified. The rooms were filled with golden-leaved trees. A giant…

The Irish stance against Brexit is a dangerous gamble

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Never has a European Council been so important to a British prime minister as this December’s is to Theresa May.…

Divorce is a disaster. Don’t let’s make it easier

25 November 2017 9:00 am

I went to Relate once, the counselling service formerly known as the National Marriage Guidance Council. I wasn’t married at…

The era when you could love a car is over

25 November 2017 9:00 am

There are four of us in this relationship: my partner and I, his horse and my truck. His horse is…

Dear Chancellor, we can’t make the bricks to build your homes

25 November 2017 9:00 am

The Chancellor sounded purposeful when he declared that he’ll do ‘whatever it takes’ to boost the rate of housebuilding —…

Let’s hear more of Parliament and less of pundits

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Although we all see rather too much of the present Mr Speaker, it was a good innovation that he and…

The Tories urgently need a boost from Philip Hammond’s Budget

18 November 2017 9:00 am

The Budget this Wednesday represents this government’s best, and perhaps its last, chance to regain the political initiative. Ever since…

Security overkill is terror’s real triumph

18 November 2017 9:00 am

The moment the news broke on Halloween that an Uzbek in a rental truck had just killed eight people on…

Why oh why didn’t I buy more Bitcoin?

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Every time I write about Bitcoin you can probably take it as a major sell signal. The last time I…

Armageddon is coming – how real-life employers are preparing for life under Corbyn

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Numerous readers told me they liked my recent tale — offered as an antidote to ‘media sniping at corporate capitalism’…

If the Duchy of Lancaster has been so bad, why didn’t Labour notice before?

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Let us assume — which we shouldn’t — that it is automatically wrong for the Queen to benefit financially from…

Why can’t Theresa May get a grip on Westminster scandals?

11 November 2017 9:00 am

How much longer can things go on like this? That is the question on the lips of Tory ministers and…

The Westminster sex scandal is what psychologists call ‘displacement activity’

11 November 2017 9:00 am

There are three reasons why Britain’s political and media world finds itself in the present ludicrous uproar over sexual misbehaviour…

When the liberal media omit a crucial fact, it’s always worth dwelling on

11 November 2017 9:00 am

News programmes are as interesting, these days, for what they don’t tell you as for what they do. So, the…

The iciness at the heart of the #metoo movement

11 November 2017 9:00 am

On rolls the Harvey Weinstein horror show with no finale in sight. The next episode looks likely to star Uma…