Hugo Rifkind

What you believe has everything to do with how old you are

25 May 2013 9:00 am

We’ve got bogged down, that’s the thing. Bogged down and caught up, all at once. The Prime Minister is rude…

Why do journalists think they’re not part of the ruling elite?

11 May 2013 9:00 am

Look, we’ve known each other a while, you and I, so I think it’s time for a confession. It’s a…

Why should our children be more like the French?

27 April 2013 9:00 am

I’ve no particular beef with the French, gruesomely tortured beef as it would no doubt be, but I’m a little…

How can it be racist to attack goths?

13 April 2013 9:00 am

So. As of last week, punching a goth is a political act in Greater Manchester, but not in Derbyshire. Sussex…

How Bitcoin could destroy the state (and perhaps make me a bit of money)

30 March 2013 9:00 am

Last time I was here (two weeks ago; how’ve you been?) I briefly mentioned Bitcoin, an emerging internet currency I…

The Chinese water torture of everyday sexism

16 March 2013 9:00 am

So I’m outside Finsbury Park tube station, the other morning. There’s a girl in front of me, white, twentysomething, rosy-cheeked,…

Stop shouting at Hilary Mantel – there are real outrages to address

2 March 2013 9:00 am

It started the other week, when David Cameron was in India. Although it started like a bout of malaria starts,…

Another good idea goes the way of all wheezes

16 February 2013 9:00 am

Coercing the long-term unemployed into work placements is not a stupid idea. Nobody thinks it is. And by ‘nobody’ in…

Gerald Scarfe isn’t anti-Semitic – but David Ward is

2 February 2013 9:00 am

I’m turning into a Holobore. I can feel it happening, and it’s sapping at my soul. What a week. It…

I don’t care whether torture works. It still isn’t worth it

19 January 2013 9:00 am

Torture is wrong. You can tell it’s wrong easily, not by the way it makes you feel, or by the…

Get the church out of the state, and the state will stay out of the church

5 January 2013 9:00 am

So let us return, you and I, warily and wearily, to the topic of gay marriage. Gingerly, in fact, as…

A chance to look backwards, and forwards, and see where you are

15 December 2012 9:00 am

To Edinburgh for Christmas this year, and I can’t wait. We’ll be leaving any day now, in our pathetic London…

Even my mimsy leftist friends don’t care that prisoners can’t vote

8 December 2012 9:00 am

I mean, honestly. What kind of mimsy, soggy-spined, weak-kneed, faffing, lentil-eating, self-loathing, lefty north London ninny gives a damn that…

Within ten years, you’ll be buying cannabis at your off-licence

24 November 2012 9:00 am

The first time I came across skunk cannabis was in an underground out-of-hours bar in Nottingham in 1997. I think…

We want our politicians to be human – when they are, we condemn them for it

10 November 2012 9:00 am

  Thus finishing his grand survey,Disgusted Strephon stole awayRepeating in his amorous fits,Oh! Celia, Celia, Celia shits! That’s Jonathan Swift,…

Gay marriage is going to happen, and that’s a fact

27 October 2012 9:00 am

I know this will surprise you, given the shy and retiring violets who largely write in these pages, but one…

How nice to hear Tories called stupid, not evil

13 October 2012 9:00 am

The most significant bit of Ed Miliband’s speech last week (which I bet you watched in the office, from beginning…

If trainers were sold like newspapers, Nike would be giving them away for free

29 September 2012 9:00 am

Writing on the Guardian’s website, and perhaps in the paper too, although I’m not wholly sure they still print one…

But why didn’t Grant Shapps mention that he’s a keen karaoke rapper?

15 September 2012 9:00 am

What’s wrong with editing your own Wikipedia entry, anyway? I’ve never touched mine, but only because I’m scared people would…

After the threat to storm Ecuador’s embassy, heads should roll. But whose?

1 September 2012 8:00 am

How can it be that we’re two weeks on, and there’s still been no media witch hunt to identify the…

Politicians can’t dance, probably because they’re aliens

18 August 2012 6:00 am

Let us talk about politicians dancing. Specifically, let us talk about Boris Johnson and David Cameron dancing to the Spice…

Back in 2005, Blair thought these would be his Olympics

4 August 2012 6:00 am

Back in 2006, I broke a great story in the Times about Tony Blair’s tie. Yep, that’s me, always the…

No, honestly, I want to know: why haven’t the Lib Dems quit

21 July 2012 6:00 am

Why would you be a Lib Dem? That’s a rhetorical question, obviously, because I think we all know that the…

Tom Cruise, Mitt Romney, and a hate that dare not speak its name

7 July 2012 6:00 am

How weird are Scientologists? Other than the bright-eyed young men in sharp suits on Tottenham Court Road — who have…

An encounter with the God of niceness and biscuits

23 June 2012 6:00 am

I write this freshly back from a reactionary weekend in the Scottish Borders, where I was made a godfather in…