Hugo Rifkind

Once you’ve seen Eurovision, London 2012 looks like a noble last stand

2 June 2012 1:00 pm

Jetlagged in the small-hour darkness of Santa Monica last week, and perusing various write-ups of the previous evening’s Eurovision Song…

Woe to all politicians who put their children in the limelight

26 May 2012 1:00 pm

Newsnight called the other day to ask if I fancied coming on to talk about David Cameron’s new idea of…

Cameron is quite conservative enough, thank you

12 May 2012 2:00 pm

Find me a person who stopped voting Conservative last week because of David Cameron’s vague, half-arsed, lacklustre stance on gay…

Britain is in drought, and my shoes squelch on the way to work

28 April 2012 2:00 pm

 ‘Sir,’ read a letter in the Daily Telegraph last week. ‘Is this the wettest drought since records began?’ High five,…

The email snooping plan isn’t a question of liberty: it’s simply against common sense

14 April 2012 6:00 pm

There’s a big hole in the coalition’s controversial internet surveillance plans, and it comes in the shape of the point.…

You may smirk, but Ainol will change the world

31 March 2012 2:00 pm

I once had an idea that it might be fun to write a technology column. What Jeremy Clarkson did with…

Sorry, but religion ought to be marginalised in public life

17 March 2012 3:00 pm

Oh dear. It turns out I’m in favour of the marginalisation of religion in public life. People talk about this…

The thing about Vladimir Putin is that he doesn’t give a damn

3 March 2012 1:00 pm

I do love hearing that old anecdote about Andrew Marr rushing through the Kremlin en route to some assignment, and…

Are we all becoming better informed – or is it just me?

18 February 2012 3:00 pm

The difference between the debt and the deficit, I quite often find myself telling people, is like the difference between…

The City is used to ignoring MPs, because they don’t matter. Or at least they didn’t

4 February 2012 3:00 pm

It’s not strange that bankers have so much more money than anybody else. It’s like the way that women who…

How can I make my peace with the ceaseless march of sport?

7 January 2012 4:00 pm

It’s more of a vague aspiration than a new year’s resolution, but 2012, I have decided, is going to be…

I have absolutely no opinions whatsoever on the euro – aren’t I a lucky boy?

17 December 2011 11:00 pm

It’s a remarkable stroke of luck for a columnist, but I have no views whatsoever on the euro. It’s not…

I can’t blame Pippa for her latest career move

3 December 2011 2:00 pm

I suppose we might all be quite wrong about what it’s like to be Pippa Middleton. I suppose that’s perfectly…

The media is out of control. But we can still worry about the behaviour of tabloids

19 November 2011 1:00 pm

For months now, the whole idea of the Leveson inquiry into press standards has been dimly reminding me of something.…

I’m ready to be scared. Just tell me what to be scared of

5 November 2011 5:00 pm

What I’m lacking, really, is any sense of the parameters. As I understand it, a best-case scenario involves the Greeks…

I’m too busy to set up schools and regulate industries. Isn’t that what governments are for?

22 October 2011 12:00 am

How long do you suppose it takes Chris Huhne to shop for the most competitive energy bill for all seven…

I’m too busy to set up schools and regulate industries. Isn’t that what governments are for?

19 October 2011 6:08 pm

How long do you suppose it takes Chris Huhne to shop for the most competitive energy bill for all seven…

Like the Conservative party, I have a problem with women

8 October 2011 6:00 pm

There’s a great bit in an episode of Yes, Minister during which Sir Humphrey Appleby explains to Jim Hacker why women are a minority, despite there being so many of them.

Surely no one goes to a party conference to meet politicians?

24 September 2011 12:00 am

One should be wary, as a general rule, of making general rules based on personal experience. This is a general…

Convenience seems a small, mean word – but sometimes it’s all we’ve got

10 September 2011 12:00 am

Hugo Rifkind gives a Shared Opinion

Suddenly everyone wants an iron bar under their bed

27 August 2011 7:00 pm

I keep an iron bar under my bedside table. I was telling a colleague about it the other week, while mobs were rampaging across London. ‘

Is it me, or has something happened to the news?

13 August 2011 12:00 am

I’m not expecting sympathy. Really, I’m not. But there was a time, and really not so long ago, when you…

I’m not drunk, and I’m not saying that the phone-hacking isn’t a big deal

16 July 2011 12:00 am

The same conversation, over and over again.

Ed Miliband was always destined to be rubbish – and he is

18 June 2011 12:00 am

You know those jokes you hear which immediately send you into a furious rage at the fact that you didn’t think them up yourself? At least, I assume you do; I don’t think it’s just a quirk of having a profession whereby your livelihood depends on stuff that other people just do for a hobby.

I don’t want to believe that we’re cocking up Libya. But we are, aren’t we?

4 June 2011 12:00 am

I’m not sure it’s fair to call Colonel Gaddafi ‘paranoid’.