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On milkshakes

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Should we make it illegal to study the social sciences? Imagine the amount of tendentious rubbish we could erase from…

Only Boris can bury Brexit

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Sit down, my swivel-eyed Brexiter friend, and pour yourself a stiff whisky. I’ve something to tell you that’s going to…

Adversity is the new diversity – and it disadvantages everyone

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Like all attempts to take a shortcut to social justice, this advantaging of one group will disadvantage others

Why the British Steel crisis is not about Brexit

25 May 2019 9:00 am

There’s a strong sense of déjà vu in this week’s steel crisis. The whole Brexit saga seems to have been…

Trump's Iran strategy: Keep your enemies close and your hawks closer

18 May 2019 9:00 am

 Washington, DC Donald Trump has an itchy trigger finger, and his name is John Bolton. The President’s national security adviser…

I'm starting to have doubts about Nigel Farage

18 May 2019 9:00 am

The echo chamber is the defining characteristic of this berserk and entertaining political age: squadrons of foam-flecked absolutists ranting to…

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Gratitude lessons show Eton is losing its way

18 May 2019 9:00 am

‘Repeat after me, gentlemen: “Thank you for not letting me into your Oxbridge college because I belong to the wrong…

Metro Bank was the wrong model for its place and time

18 May 2019 9:00 am

This column has long been a fan of the concept of ‘challenger banks’ offering alternatives for personal and small business…

Are the ‘village idiots’ right about Brexit?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

The former BBC presenter Gavin Esler has very kindly given us an insight into how BBC people think (had we…

Can May and Corbyn find a Brexit compromise?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Can Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn reach a satisfactory compromise on Brexit? The two leaders’ positions are not, in fact,…

Tweedy or Trainer: Which kind of Brexiteer are you?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

‘Too tweedy? Goodness gracious me!’ Rory Stewart sounded startled. A contender for the Tory leadership, he was being interviewed by…

Feminism has succeeded – so why don’t we call it quits?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

You would think that the British Film Institute’s sponsorship of a month-long festival celebrating some of the most memorable female…

Let’s face it, we’d steal China’s secrets if we could

11 May 2019 9:00 am

On the matter of whether former defence secretary Gavin Williamson was the real ‘H’ in Line of Duty, I admit…

The double standards surrounding rape

4 May 2019 9:00 am

It is more than three years since the town of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, decided to ditch its motto ‘Land of Rape…

The savagery and death lurking within our beautiful countryside

4 May 2019 9:00 am

This is the time of year when the English countryside reaches peak incredible: when we rural folk mentally pinch ourselves…

Natural England is overwhelmed – and farmers are paying the price

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Last week, on the first day of the government’s ban on farmers shooting pest birds, I walked across St James’s…

Why women make better senior bankers than men

4 May 2019 9:00 am

If you’re a bloke in a suit who’d like to apply for the governorship of the Bank of England (deadline…

The Brexit impasse proves we need political reform

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Any hopes that the parliamentary recess would help resolve the great Brexit impasse have been dashed. MPs have returned from…

We condemned the ideology behind Christchurch. Why didn’t we do the same after Sri Lanka?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

The carnage in Sri Lanka which left more than 300 dead may have been carried out by ‘Buddhists’, according to…

Do we need a Brexit inquiry?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

How will future generations revisit the Brexit years? Through what glass will we be seen? This spring and, I suspect,…

We’re all self-haters now

27 April 2019 9:00 am

As an American coming of age at the fag end of the 1960s, I celebrated self-loathing. Everything about the United…

We need an inquiry into the Elizabeth Line farce

27 April 2019 9:00 am

If you know my personal history with Barclays, you may be wondering whether I’m for or against Edward Bramson. To…

What would happen if the Gospels were judged in a history contest?

20 April 2019 9:00 am

This week, the Wolfson History Prize announced its shortlist. It is always worth drawing attention to, precisely because it is…

Brexit failure will cost the Tories – whoever their leader is

20 April 2019 9:00 am

One of the oddities of this parliament has been that, despite everything, the government has remained ahead in the polls…

Why conservatives can’t survive in government

20 April 2019 9:00 am

I had mixed feelings about the sacking of Roger Scruton from the government’s Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, following comments…