Hugo Rifkind

If Ukip aren't racist, how come so many racists seem to like them?

3 May 2014 9:00 am

The most thought-provoking discussion about racism I ever heard took place five years ago on Channel 4’s Celebrity Wife Swap.…

If Ed Miliband can’t be our first Jewish prime minister, he can still be our first atheist Jewish prime minister from Primrose Hill

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Last weekend, in a small New Jersey suburb, I found myself in a liquor store. Never been anywhere like it.…

University tuition fees are a tax. It’s time to admit it

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Regardless of how many brains David Willetts has got, it’s not surprising that tuition fees are a mess. They’re a…

Six months as a TV critic, and I’ve seen enough corpses to last a lifetime

22 March 2014 9:00 am

It was Shetland that tipped me over the edge. Not the place, but the TV series. Although that’s set in…

Why are we turning London into Dubai?

8 March 2014 9:00 am

If you’ve ever wondered what it will look like when we colonise Mars, the answer is ‘Dubai’. I was there…

It’s time that Scotland’s timid posh folk spoke out

22 February 2014 9:00 am

I took part in a documentary about Scottishness a few weeks ago, and it wasn’t bad at all. I mused,…

If Philip Seymour Hoffman wasn’t happy, what hope is there for us?

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Celebrity deaths have no decorum. From Elvis on his toilet to Whitney face down in her bathtub, their last moments…

Being assaulted nearly put me on trial

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Way back in the late 1990s, I spent a lot of time in court. What happened, see, was that in…

The only way to end the war on drugs is to stop fighting it

11 January 2014 9:00 am

It’s surprisingly boring, legalising weed. In Colorado, where recreational doobie has been utterly without censure for, ooh, about a week…

Hugo Rifkind: Why isn't eating meat as bad as bestiality?

4 January 2014 9:00 am

So what I’ve found myself wondering over the festive period, again and again, is whether it would ever be OK…

Hugo Rifkind: Why did I agree to appear on University Challenge?

14 December 2013 9:00 am

The worst thing about going on University Challenge, I now know, is when you interrupt a question and get the…

Hugo Rifkind: Are those who criticise Boris for his IQ remarks just being thick? 

7 December 2013 9:00 am

It’s funny, really, because most of the time I think that my university education was a bit of a waste.…

Hugo Rifkind: From porn to Bitcoin, governments can't control the web — so why is Cameron trying? 

23 November 2013 9:00 am

What people don’t seem to realise is that the geeks are winning. Actually, scratch that. They’ve all but won. The…

Hugo Rifkind: Yes, I'm apathetic about politics. But isn't Russell Brand?

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Since I was a child, pretty much everybody I have ever met has asked me if I want to be…

Hugo Rifkind: What is Facebook? 

26 October 2013 9:00 am

I’d never noticed that there aren’t any tits on Facebook. The place always seems brimming with right tits to me.…

Hugo Rifkind: For now, I’m choosing to believe in Tommy Robinson’s conversion

12 October 2013 9:00 am

I’ve often thought it might be interesting to meet Tommy Robinson, or Stephen Lennon, or whatever one is supposed to…

Hugo Rifkind: I spy complete indifference towards being spied

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Oh, but life’s easier if you’re American. Each and every last way the state meddles with your life is an…

Boring politicians are a threat to democracy. That means you, Rachel Reeves

14 September 2013 9:00 am

I’ve never met the woman that the Newsnight editor Ian Katz this week accidentally described as ‘boring, snoring Rachel Reeves’,…

By all means wring your hands over Syria. Just don’t ask me to trust you

31 August 2013 9:00 am

They’re getting the rebuttals in early, have you noticed that? You might call them a pre-emptive strikes. Here’s William Hague,…

Why we should fear the new housing bubble

17 August 2013 9:00 am

It’s senseless to ask how things are going to end, because things as a general rule don’t. They rumble on,…

Sorry, but internet trolling will be with us forever

3 August 2013 9:00 am

This is not to be a column about Twitter. Can’t abide columns about Twitter. I’ve written a few, I know,…

It’s the summer of the topless man – and there’s nothing we can do to stop it

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Topless men. What does that mean, then? I was opposite one on the tube the other day, heading north from…

I’ll tell you what really devalues marriage: patronising, preachy little tax breaks

6 July 2013 9:00 am

The Conservative party is trying to redefine marriage. I can’t believe they think they’re going to get away with this.…

Why can’t we be honest about Syria?

22 June 2013 9:00 am

Wouldn’t it be nice just once in a while to have a war in the -Middle East that wasn’t predicated…

Check my privilege? I have, thanks. You’re still wrong

8 June 2013 9:00 am

This week, I bring you a dispatch from the frontline of pseudo-intellectual, metropolitan navel-gazing. This is, after all, what you…