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Why you can’t let Brexit affect your life

24 August 2019 9:00 am

A couple with a first baby sought my advice: they had accepted a low offer for their cramped London flat…

I’m giving £200 to whoever can tell me who has made the nation’s buttocks ache

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Look out. Here comes a column banging on about something that, in the grand scheme of things, really doesn’t matter.…

Don't blame the West for the climate emergency

17 August 2019 9:00 am

When last week’s IPCC report warned that the human race may soon have trouble feeding itself, my reaction was: duh.…

If investors are fleeing to gold, this is not the time to be smug

17 August 2019 9:00 am

It came as no great surprise that the UK economy contracted by 0.2 per cent in the second quarter, following…

An all-female cabinet? Insert your own joke here

17 August 2019 9:00 am

I wonder what Jacques Derrida would have made of the new leader of the UK Independence party? In the philosopher’s…

Give Hong Kongers real security: a British passport

17 August 2019 9:00 am

We seem to be building up to a second Tiananmen Square, 30 years after the first. This time the venue…

How No. 10 is taking back control

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Every Friday at 6 p.m. government aides are summoned to No. 10 Downing Street for a meeting with Dominic Cummings,…

Were the US shootings racially motivated?

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Who wrote ‘Our lifestyle is destroying the environment of our country … creating a massive burden for future generations. Corporations…

We’re heading for a 1 November election

10 August 2019 9:00 am

The United Kingdom is a country governed, in large part, by convention —but in the heat of the Brexit debate,…

A gang of sheep rustlers is stalking the county – who will be the next target?

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Though autumn is happily still some way off, we’ve already reached that stage in the shepherd’s calendar when full-grown lambs…

The reason middle-class parents are so anxious

10 August 2019 9:00 am

On that record-breaking, sweltering day at the end of July, my three-year-old son did a pirouette in the paddling pool…

Should we be sad or happy that the pound has buckled?

10 August 2019 9:00 am

A wave to the FT team whose weekend feature on how the pound has been hit by fears of no…

What would you save, Marmite or the planet?

3 August 2019 9:00 am

In his very long letter to Jeremy Corbyn about why, after all, he will stay out of the Labour party…

Boris may end up delivering Corbyn

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Alastair Campbell has written a longish ‘open’ letter to Jeremy Corbyn, helpfully explaining why he has decided not to contest…

I’ve started talking like a hardline Leaver

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Our involuntary responses know us better than we know ourselves. As I left King Charles Street in Whitehall last week…

All money is dirty – but it can still be used for good

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Whitney museum: no space for profiteers of state violence // dismantle patriarchy // warren kanders must go! // supreme injustice…

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak (Getty)

Why Rishi Sunak is the one to watch in parliament

3 August 2019 9:00 am

‘Turbocharging’: sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Two weeks ago, I noted that our incoming PM had deployed this power-word — with…

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The conviction of ‘Nick’ shows the evil behind McCarthyism

27 July 2019 9:00 am

‘No great surprise’ headlined the BBC television news on Tuesday lunchtime. The BBC does not admit it now, but it…

The Lib Dem revival could be the Tories’ best hope of winning an election

27 July 2019 9:00 am

When the leadership result was announced, Jeremy Corbyn’s keyboard warriors swung into action. Behold, they said: a new party leader…

We’ve made morons of our police force

27 July 2019 9:00 am

I never believed Carl Beech’s allegations that he had suffered multiple depravities, including sexual abuse, at the hands of various…

God, I hate wasps!

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Halfway up the back stairs on a ledge is the body of a wasp so big it’s either a queen…

Jin Xing, one of China’s most popular talk show hosts and a trans woman (Getty)

Is China really the enemy?

27 July 2019 9:00 am

China is a nation with values deeply at odds with the West. The Chinese spy, steal and bully. They don’t…

Has the gin craze reached its zenith?

27 July 2019 9:00 am

The list of business leaders who have damaged their careers with a single word famously begins with Gerald Ratner, who…

What would Jane Austen say about Debrett's going digital?

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Seventy-five years ago on Saturday, the July plot failed. Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg placed a bomb in a briefcase…

Will ‘chairman Boris’ revive cabinet government?

20 July 2019 9:00 am

It has become something of a tradition in British politics: an incoming prime minister promises to restore proper cabinet government.…