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Donald Trump is key to Boris Johnson’s survival

19 October 2019 9:00 am

There are so many problems confronting our polity this week that it is almost impossible to write about any of…

A Brexit deal will completely change the electoral landscape

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Expect the unexpected has been the rule in British politics these last few years. But even so, few would have…

How I plan to win a Bafta

19 October 2019 9:00 am

I’ve nearly finished my latest screenplay, Drift. It’s a reimagining of a British imperial atrocity which took place in Natal…

John McDonnell is taking back control

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Over the past few weeks, rumours have swirled in Westminster that the Labour party has acquired a new leader —…

Why I welcome the collapse of Facebook’s currency

19 October 2019 9:00 am

When Facebook announced details earlier this year of a global digital currency called Libra — backed by a roll call…

We selfish gits must wear the name with pride

12 October 2019 9:00 am

I walked down Villiers Street to Embankment Tube station. In front of me were two Extinction Rebels, a mother and…

How the BBC can achieve real diversity

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Exciting news from the BBC, where every employee has just received a flyer from the Director-General, Lord Hall, informing them…

Asians are doing too well – they must be stopped

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Riddle: when is discrimination against a historically disadvantaged racial minority perfectly legal? Answer: when they do too well. The first…

All ages are gullible – including our own

12 October 2019 9:00 am

In the great days of the Daily Telegraph’s Peter Simple column, when I was a youth, that acid but hilarious…

Are Boris’s hedge-fund pals conspiring to ‘short the UK’? I doubt it

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Minding my own business at 67 Pall Mall — the private members’ club favoured by oenophile West End hedge-fund managers…

If Boris snogged Nick Robinson, would he be forgiven?

5 October 2019 9:00 am

 Manchester It could be caused by desperation, but this Tory conference is very jolly. At last there is something to…

Will Leave voters forgive a Brexit delay?

5 October 2019 9:00 am

‘It is definitely less than 50 per cent,’ says one Downing Street source when asked about the chances of a…

Sorry, sir, we only stock books we agree with

5 October 2019 9:00 am

I was on my way to the pub the other evening, about seven o’clock, rain lashing down on my head,…

At last, the TV-hogging space invaders have returned to university

5 October 2019 9:00 am

‘Hands up which other university parents are bloody glad to have got rid of their lumpen, food-gobbling, space-invading kids…’ When…

Why Downing Street still hasn’t named a new Bank governor

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Private secretary: ‘The Bank of England governorship, Prime Minister… opposition MPs have been saying it’s a political stitch-up and calling…

The rule of law has become the rule of lawyers

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Is that enormous silver spider that Lady Hale wore her badge of office? If so, it is appropriate. The Supreme…

The Tory party depends on winning over Leave-voting Labour seats

28 September 2019 9:00 am

A Prime Minister held in No. 10 against his will. The very notion seems absurd, but this is essentially what is…

Eight reasons why I know I’m a Conservative

28 September 2019 9:00 am

‘Why don’t you just join the Liberal Democrats?’ If I’ve heard that once in the past couple of years I’ve…

The world is stuck in a debt trap

28 September 2019 9:00 am

I don’t usually get up early just for an appointment at a bank. Yet last Tuesday in New York, I…

At least Thomas Cook’s fall allows ministers to look in control

28 September 2019 9:00 am

It’s not obvious that the state has a moral obligation to repatriate holidaymakers whenever a tour operator goes bust, as…

Why there’s still a chance of a deal

21 September 2019 9:00 am

One of the reasons why Boris Johnson is Prime Minister is that he is an optimist. After the negativity of…

Why didn’t Cameron realise the ‘strength of feeling’ about Brexit?

21 September 2019 9:00 am

In his memoirs, David Cameron admits that he ‘did not fully appreciate the strength of feeling’ in favour of Brexit,…

The Lib Dems have revealed the extreme side of modern liberalism

21 September 2019 9:00 am

A friend’s seven-year-old daughter was asked by her school to write something about the NHS. Her only experience of it…

Letting China join the WTO was the worst decision the West ever made

21 September 2019 9:00 am

It’s not often that you come across a book that completely transforms your understanding of the world. Just recently I’ve…

Why do we ignore the real mental health crisis?

21 September 2019 9:00 am

When I first moved to London N1  four years ago, no one seemed to notice let alone discuss all the…