Hugo Rifkind

Libya is what happens when we try to bomb things better

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Call me petulant, but I’m not sure Britain is getting enough credit for our fine, fine work in Libya. The…

Like every referendum ever, this EU vote will solve nothing

30 May 2015 9:00 am

I suppose, if you could look deep into the mind of somebody who was passionately keen that Britain should leave…

Lefties should cherish trendy London while they still can

16 May 2015 9:00 am

London is a bad thing. Everybody knows this now. Britain has had enough of London. Ed Miliband failed in part…

Russell Brand’s heart is in the right place – but it’s not the place he talks out of

2 May 2015 9:00 am

I write at a difficult time. The balls are in the air, but we know not where they will land.…

Warning: you may be about to vote for more than one government

18 April 2015 9:00 am

For the last five years, I’ve been trying to get people interested in the Fixed Term Parliaments Act. No, don’t…

Why are so many men on diets? I blame feminists

4 April 2015 8:00 am

According to Jenni Russell, my colleague at the Times, David Cameron has lost 13lb since Christmas, mainly by giving up…

The real threat to Britain (and it’s not the SNP)

21 March 2015 9:00 am

What a load of mendacious balls everybody talks about Scotland. It’s like a disease. It’s like, you know how they…

It’s now clear: David Cameron was never a real moderniser

7 March 2015 9:00 am

I have a friend who was a Young Conservative. Just the one, I promise, and he’s grown out of it…

How Alex Brooker made political interviews interesting again

7 February 2015 9:00 am

The other night on Channel 4, I watched the best political interview I’ve seen all year. It was with Nick…

Maybe it’s a problem when all artists are like James Blunt. But it’s worse when Labour MPs are like Chris Bryant

24 January 2015 9:00 am

What should we do with James Blunt? This is what I have been asking myself. And I am not looking…

So the near collapse of A&Es around the country is all my fault?

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Oh, I see. So it’s my fault. There I was, thinking that the general swamping and near collapse of accident…

Twentysomethings: you won’t miss being poor. But you will miss not knowing what you’re doing

13 December 2014 9:00 am

What I miss most about being very young is the cluelessness. It’s enormously liberating, cluelessness. The boundaries of life are…

You shouldn’t watch Dapper Laughs. But you really shouldn’t let the likes of me stop you

15 November 2014 9:00 am

As you’ll know by now, I’m big on thinking the right things. Should a thought strike me that m’colleague Rod…

I’ll take Jeremy Clarkson over a howling mob any day

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Perhaps it’s a glaring and personal flaw in my observational skills, but if somebody tried to insult me via a…

Ukip is in the middle of the most cynical political repositioning ever

18 October 2014 9:00 am

I think I’ve cracked it. If you want to springboard your minor political party into the mainstream and take British…

Why my friends love the idea of a nasty, stupid mansion tax

4 October 2014 9:00 am

I see all the flaws with a mansion tax, I really do. And yet some little piece of me, some…

The ‘no’ campaign’s problem was that it sounded like me

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Journalistically speaking, it’s been a good year to be Scottish and Jewish. Had I been a Welsh Zoroastrian, say, I…

Is clicking on Jennifer Lawrence’s naked pictures really as bad as hacking and distributing them?

6 September 2014 9:00 am

‘If you click on Jennifer Lawrence’s naked pictures,’ said the headline on the Guardian’s website, ‘you’re perpetuating her abuse.’ That…

Julian Assange is a narcissist and a nut — and if America comes for him we should take his side

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Poor Julian Assange. Call me a contrarian but I’m genuinely starting to feel sorry for the guy. He’s just made…

You’ll mock me, but I have to ask: why don’t any of my friends have holiday homes?

9 August 2014 9:00 am

This is to be one of those columns that makes the writer faintly wish there wasn’t an internet. It would…

Israel is drifting away from the West – but condemnation won’t help

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Glaring, the ennui over Israel. The way we drag our eyes to the page, and sigh, and want to read…

I may not know much about khat, but I know banning it is crazy

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Khat is a leafy stimulant chewed mainly, I gather, by Somalis. This week the government banned its possession and sale.…

Don’t blame the Guardian if criminals are getting better at hiding online. Blame iTunes and Netflix

14 June 2014 8:00 am

I wouldn’t wish to deny that all drug dealers and crime lords read the Guardian. Indeed, check the circulation figures,…

The truth about being a politician’s child

31 May 2014 9:00 am

It was a Friday morning in 1992, Britain had just had an election, and I was on an ice rink.…

Scotland’s fate is more important than David Cameron’s

17 May 2014 9:00 am

‘It is never difficult to distinguish between a Scotsman with a grievance and a ray of sunshine.’ So wrote P.G.…