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In defence of unicorns

19 January 2019 9:00 am

The scale of the government’s defeat on Mrs May’s deal is, as everyone keeps saying, amazing — yet also not.…

It’s Salmond vs Sturgeon – and whoever wins, the SNP loses

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Amid the wreckage of a Brexit process that has disrupted every aspect of British political life, it is easy to…

On Nobel Prize winners and Mastermind losers

19 January 2019 9:00 am

I once worked my way through two whole books of IQ tests devised by Hans Eysenck and by the time…

Leavers have just killed the best chance of Brexit ever happening

19 January 2019 9:00 am

When intelligent, informed and rational people make a choice that onlookers can see confounds their own declared interests, we are…

Why do authors have to be ‘moral’? Because their publishing contracts tell them so

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Suppose you’re a writer with a self-destructive proclivity for sticking your neck out. Would you sign a book contract that…

An energy crisis is looming – but ministers are distracted by Brexit

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Transfixed as you were by Westminster chaos, did you also spot the news that Hitachi is about to cancel or…

Behind the story of Anna Soubry being called a Nazi lies a classic Brexit sequence of events

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Behind the incident of Anna Soubry being called a Nazi by a small group of Leave yobs beside College Green…

Does May even have a Plan B?

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Cabinets these days are fractious affairs. Ministers take increasingly unsubtle digs at each other as they rehearse the same old…

Can the National Trust please forget about ‘heteronormative privilege’ and just look after houses?

12 January 2019 9:00 am

There is a satirical website called ‘Guardian headline generator’ which purports to offer a service to aspirant journalists who wish…

How to become a country squire – like me

12 January 2019 9:00 am

In the days when I was less happy in my skin than I am now, I used to feel stabs…

Why Macron is happy to leave Renault’s chief shivering in his Tokyo cell

12 January 2019 9:00 am

In France after New Year, the only gilets jaunes I spotted were a rather dejected bunch near an autoroute exit.…

Will 2019 be Jeremy Corbyn’s year?

5 January 2019 9:00 am

It’s hard to think of a time when an opposition leader has had such a promising start to the new…

To the BBC, history is something to be twisted by the tyranny of Now

5 January 2019 9:00 am

For a while, as a 13-year-old, I was obsessed with rabbits — the consequence of having read Watership Down by…

The fact no one likes to admit: many gay men could just have easily been straight

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Long-suffering Spectator readers deserve a seasonal break from yet another Remoaner diatribe from me. My last on this page, making…

The reason migrants are fleeing 'war-torn' France

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Pitching your tent for weeks on end in the cold and mud, with no power or plumbing. Running in a…

A seven-year winter or a pleasant 2019? Your guess is as good as mine

5 January 2019 9:00 am

A friend reminds me that she sold her house last summer because I warned her 18 months ago that Brexit…

Brexit is a fight for the very sovereignty of our nation

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Who should govern Britain? This has always been the most contentious question in British politics. Magna Carta, the Reformation, the…

When it comes to champagne, the English are on the French’s coattails

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Earlier this month, the Quorn and Cottesmore hunts took separate votes on merging. The Quorn voted for, the Cottesmore against.…

Dear Santa: My 14 requests for the new year

15 December 2018 9:00 am

It is always a pleasure to watch Paris burning. On the surface a civilised country, but scrape a little deeper…

Should we all write ‘feminist’ stocking fillers?

15 December 2018 9:00 am

I arrived at Waterloo, half an hour before my train departed. Needing to buy a birthday card, I popped into…

You can’t possibly hate cyclists more than they hate each other

15 December 2018 9:00 am

I’ve cycled for primary transportation for 53 years. Accordingly, I’m not naive about the degree of resentment — nay, loathing…

Why I don’t, never have, and never will trust the people

15 December 2018 9:00 am

It was late, and a friend and I were left to talk Brexit. He’s a keen and convinced Tory Brexiteer…

When May's deal bites, when Brexit stings, I simply remember my favourite things

15 December 2018 9:00 am

It’s that time of year again when I put aside my wonted snark and share with you a few of…

All I want for Christmas is a City time machine

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Are smartphones fuelling a pandemic of youthful anxiety and depression? That’s the question parents will wrestle with this Christmas as…

If May’s deal falls, there may be enough Labour MPs to gain a majority for ‘Norway plus’

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Inside the Dominic Grieve amendment carried on Tuesday is the embryo of a new political party. Any parliamentary majority for what…