Columnists

It’s time for Britain’s embassies to regain their pomp and grandeur

14 October 2017 9:00 am

The Catalan nationalists surely chose this October deliberately for their attempt, now faltering, at UDI. It is the centenary of…

The plotters who want Theresa May out think time is on their side

14 October 2017 9:00 am

‘Worst week ever’ is one of those phrases that journalists are, perhaps, too quick to use. Alastair Campbell once quipped…

Blame the teachers, not the students, for the Oxford Christian ban

14 October 2017 9:00 am

A car driver ploughs into a bunch of people outside the Natural History Museum in London and lefties are furious…

Theresa May isn’t destructive, duplicitous or mad. So she’s the Tories best hope

14 October 2017 9:00 am

As from the Manchester conference hall I watched Theresa May’s big moment falling apart, as I buried my head in…

Calling Stephen Paddock a 'lone wolf' isn't racist

14 October 2017 9:00 am

It’s been nearly two weeks since Stephen Paddock committed mass murder in Las Vegas and the FBI is still casting…

Bombardier is not about UK-US trade; it’s about planemakers’ dirty tricks

14 October 2017 9:00 am

‘Bombardier exposes post-Brexit realities’ was the FT’s headline after the Trump administration imposed a 300 per cent tariff on sales…

The media is paying too much homage to Catalonia

7 October 2017 9:00 am

However much we try — and lots of us don’t — we fall for the power of the photo-image. So…

The Conservatives admit they have a problem – but can they solve it?

7 October 2017 9:00 am

For those who don’t want Jeremy Corbyn to be prime minister, the Tory conference was half encouraging and half depressing.…

If only the Tories understood how free market economics works

7 October 2017 9:00 am

‘I don’t think I’m quite as Austrian as you are,’ a Tory minister said to me the other day. And…

Monarch was an airline from an earlier era – but were its owners to blame for its demise?

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Monarch Airlines was the ghost of an earlier age of holiday travel. When I used to see its planes lined…

At last! The subversion of Brexit has begun

30 September 2017 9:00 am

The Brexit crowd are right to smell a rat. In any great national debate a columnist may feel tempted to…

Everything on television is policed by politically correct dwarves

30 September 2017 9:00 am

My own fault, I suppose, for turning on the television. Not an action I undertake very regularly these days, because…

Gentrification is far from our biggest problem

30 September 2017 9:00 am

The late afternoon sun fell on the anomalous pine trees of Gillett Square, London N16, and on the wooden decking…

Greater European integration will do great harm to all Europeans

30 September 2017 9:00 am

You can see why Theresa May said in Florence that the British wished the European Union well in its plans…

Uber was the snowplough that cleared the path but its dominance will fade

30 September 2017 9:00 am

An Uber insider tells me not to write off the ride-hailing giant too soon, because it’s a very smart company…

The Remainers are wrong – Boris never promised the UK another £350m a week after Brexit

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Sir David Norgrove, the chairman of the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA), is an honourable man. When he publicly rebuked Boris…

Why no one dared challenge the Parsons Green bomber

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Here’s the problem. An Asian bloke gets on to the Tube holding a bulging Lidl bag with wires sticking out…

Tear down statues? At this rate, we’ll have to rename New York

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina, I took the monuments around the state capitol for granted. The first Confederate soldier…

We can never accept terrorism as the new normal

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Not long after the Parsons Green Tube bombing, another of those viral, defiant-in-the-face-of-terror cartoons started doing the rounds. It was…

Don’t get too excited about a November rate rise – we’ve been here before

23 September 2017 9:00 am

It is more than three years since Bank of England governor Mark Carney was accused by Labour MP and Treasury…

The Tories can only win if their warring tribes unite

16 September 2017 9:00 am

One of the reasons that coalition governments are so unusual in Britain is that both main parties are coalitions themselves.…

Why shooting makes for the best conversation

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Apologies for my absence from this column. My editors kindly let me get on with the final volume of my…

A wonderful trip to the African bush, which took me back to my boyhood

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Entering the Bulawayo Club, you step out of the blinding African sunshine on that safe and friendly city’s wide streets,…

The conductor, a joke between friends and an orchestrated race storm

16 September 2017 9:00 am

A fascinating story has emerged from a north-western leftie quadrant of the United States: the sacking of British conductor Matthew…

The City still leads the financial world, but it faces a fight on all fronts

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Should we place faith in a survey, conducted in June but published this week, that says London is still the…