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Sordid confessions of a Centrist Dad

16 November 2019 9:00 am

I have a shameful secret. I’ve been watching these… videos online. Amazing what you can get in a couple of…

Why China is planting its flag on what’s left of British Steel

16 November 2019 9:00 am

It cannot be other than good news that a rescuer has been found for the bankrupt remains of British Steel,…

Labour thinks that its trump card is Trump

9 November 2019 9:00 am

On Wednesday morning, I was hoisted into the air of Whitehall on a cherry-picker. A century ago the proto-Cenotaph appeared…

Boris’s fate will be decided by Lib Dem voters

9 November 2019 9:00 am

The Tories’ great fear in this campaign is that they can get their vote out, squeeze the Brexit party right…

Beware the wokeplace romance

9 November 2019 9:00 am

I wonder if we are beginning to see the end of assortative mating. For a long while now we have…

I’ll vote Lib Dem – but I can’t join them

9 November 2019 9:00 am

I don’t believe that before last week I’ve ever quit any organisation on an issue of principle. I tend to…

Dear Nigel: Don’t become the man who reversed the referendum result

9 November 2019 9:00 am

 Dear Nigel Believe it or not, I’ve been your defender. I’ve often told Americans,  ‘Sure, he comes across as a…

Drill down and it’s obvious: the fracking debate was lost long ago

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Five years ago this week, George Osborne as chancellor announced a scheme to place tax revenues from shale gas fracking…

The Tories are Boris Johnson’s Conservatives now

2 November 2019 9:00 am

How much does Boris Johnson’s move to an early election resemble Mrs May’s disastrous one in 2017? In two important…

If you do one thing this election, stop your kids voting

2 November 2019 9:00 am

As I write this, MPs are arguing about whether a general election should be on 9 December or 12 December.…

Does this make your brain tingle? The rapid rise of ASMR

2 November 2019 9:00 am

I once had a flatmate called Tom, who behaved very oddly when our cleaner came round. On mornings when she…

I’m taking inspiration from an ancient Athenian

2 November 2019 9:00 am

How sorry I felt for the poor man who died this week stuck up a 290ft chimney in Carlisle despite…

Sajid Javid has become the doormat Chancellor

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Mario Draghi, who retired as president of the European Central Bank this week, was arguably the first holder of that…

Nigel Farage had better hurry up and settle for a peerage

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Last week, an angry Telegraph reader asked me why I had got through a whole column on Brexit without mentioning…

The Brexit deal gives Northern Ireland an extraordinary opportunity

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Ulster says No. So went the Unionist slogan against the Anglo-Irish Agreement which paved the way to ending the Troubles…

A couple stage a ‘kiss-in’ in front of a Chick-fil-A in Hollywood in protest at the fast-food chain’s opposition to same-sex marriage [Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images]

Don’t be such a chicken about Chick-fil-A

26 October 2019 9:00 am

While never having felt any previous urge to dine in Reading, I now find myself trying to secure a table…

The question a second referendum must ask

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Mostly I stay confident the Prime Minister’s team are playing a weak hand badly, but my confidence does occasionally falter.…

For Remainers, Brexit is really about power

26 October 2019 9:00 am

At the New Yorker Festival party in mid-October, my astute colleague hardly needed the caution. But you know how at…

Is living at sea the best way to escape this Brexit nightmare?

26 October 2019 9:00 am

The first time I was ever commissioned by the Daily Mail, the voice on the phone said: ‘You used to…

Donald Trump is key to Boris Johnson’s survival

19 October 2019 9:00 am

There are so many problems confronting our polity this week that it is almost impossible to write about any of…

A Brexit deal will completely change the electoral landscape

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Expect the unexpected has been the rule in British politics these last few years. But even so, few would have…

How I plan to win a Bafta

19 October 2019 9:00 am

I’ve nearly finished my latest screenplay, Drift. It’s a reimagining of a British imperial atrocity which took place in Natal…

John McDonnell is taking back control

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Over the past few weeks, rumours have swirled in Westminster that the Labour party has acquired a new leader —…

Why I welcome the collapse of Facebook’s currency

19 October 2019 9:00 am

When Facebook announced details earlier this year of a global digital currency called Libra — backed by a roll call…

We selfish gits must wear the name with pride

12 October 2019 9:00 am

I walked down Villiers Street to Embankment Tube station. In front of me were two Extinction Rebels, a mother and…