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I won’t be applying to be director-general of the BBC

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Despite huge public pressure, I shall not be applying to be director-general of the BBC. It was kind of Tony…

Labour must change if it is to win

25 January 2020 9:00 am

In the past 40 years, only two leaders of the opposition have gone on to become prime minister: Tony Blair…

A last chance to save the BBC

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Whoever becomes the next director-general of the BBC should take a close look at last week’s Question Time. It came…

Vegans are brave – and they have a point

25 January 2020 9:00 am

It was a clear and icy night at home in Derbyshire last week. I love these times and, before bed,…

Democrats are trying really hard to lose this election

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Should Bernie Sanders become the Democratic presidential nominee, expect the media to overuse these sprightly English expressions: ‘between a rock…

HS2’s completion is as likely as King Harry’s coronation

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Seven years ago, when HS2 was still officially costed at £33 billion, I wrote that I was looking forward to…

Anyone for a Sussex Royal potato?

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Earlier this week, we accompanied our daughter-in-law, Hannah, to her British citizenship ceremony, she having passed the necessary tests. (Hannah…

Why the cabinet reshuffle might not be so radical after all

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Prime ministers are never more powerful than just before a cabinet reshuffle. Ministers fall over themselves to be helpful, hoping…

We want one thing from our royals: patriotism

18 January 2020 9:00 am

There is a fascinating social media group which I think we should all join. It is called ‘DeMOCKracy — 2019…

Vampire squids are killing Britain’s B&Bs

18 January 2020 9:00 am

More and more of us are staying home for our holidays — but even so, our small hotels and B&Bs…

I’m at risk of becoming a cat person

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Just before Christmas our cat Runty died and I wasn’t in any rush to find a replacement. I like cats…

Never mind the royals – the real national crisis is at John Lewis

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Asked to name British institutions they’d rather not see shaken to the foundations, many consumers would list the John Lewis…

Why bother joining the Labour party?

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Now that there is yet another chance to vote for a leader of the Labour party, if you are prepared…

The Labour candidates the Tories are worried about

11 January 2020 9:00 am

When a Labour politician or aide stops to chat in the corridors of parliament these days, they only have one…

This bungling Iranian regime is a threat only to the Iranian people

11 January 2020 9:00 am

If this is the start of the third world war, as some quivering liberal commentators seem to believe, then my…

My fellow Remainers should not aim for a ‘soft Brexit’

11 January 2020 9:00 am

‘I like to write when I’m feeling spiteful,’ remarked D.H. Lawrence. ‘It’s like having a good sneeze.’ A perennial challenge…

For cod’s sake, don’t sacrifice the fish

11 January 2020 9:00 am

One of the more dispiriting experiences of the British supermarket is a visit to the fish counter. On a  historically…

All forecasts are off if Iran shuts the Strait of Hormuz

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water… Late last year, a range of forecasts…

The mysteries of the Corbyn world-view

21 December 2019 9:00 am

It is worth fixing for posterity the feelings which, on polling day, swirled in the breasts of many who wanted…

Indyref2 could be the biggest headache of Boris’s premiership

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Nicola Sturgeon is the only opposition leader who survived the general election. She has emerged far stronger. The Tories had…

Caroline Flint could have beaten Boris

21 December 2019 9:00 am

There were not many moments of gloom on election night. I spent most of it, so far as I can…

Why I changed my mind about Catholicism

21 December 2019 9:00 am

I grew up in a traditional English family, surrounded by cousins, chivvied by aunts, presided over by my grandmother, who…

Labour’s failure isn’t necessarily the Tories’ success

21 December 2019 9:00 am

A moment arrives when one does just have to admit defeat. We shall leave the European Union and there isn’t…

The persecution (and vindication) of Kevin Myers is a parable of our times

21 December 2019 9:00 am

It seems seasonably suitable to celebrate good news. Unfortunately, as in most serviceable stories, for something good to happen, something…

The new trend for ‘gender reveal’ parties sums up the mood of the past decade

21 December 2019 9:00 am

OMG, the end of the decade is almost here, which means it’s time to start reflecting on what on earth…