Columnists

Neil Woodford could do the washing-up at my fantasy Christmas lunch

21 December 2019 9:00 am

It’s the season for kindness and conviviality. In that spirit — and recognising that business, like personal life, rarely follows…

My run-in with Westminster’s TV news circus

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Leaving an evening meeting in Westminster on Monday night, I walked to Charing Cross. Approaching the public path which runs across…

Labour prepares for life after Corbyn

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn’s election night speech did little to address the fact he led Labour to its worst result since 1935.…

I’ve found a lovely new home – in Russia

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Staraya Russa. About two thirds of the way from Moscow to St Petersburg, in the historic Novgorod Oblast, once the…

Does the truth about Ukrainegate even matter?

14 December 2019 9:00 am

If you think the election here has been a disorientating exercise in post-truthiness, try following the latest twists in Washington.…

What have the Anglo-Saxons ever done for us?

14 December 2019 9:00 am

It has been a while since I’ve considered the vexed question of Byrhtnoth’s ‘ofermod’. More than 30 years, in fact.…

Take note, Peloton: sweaty blokes make safer marketing

14 December 2019 9:00 am

You’ll have had enough of politics and punditry, so let me introduce a non-political City debate (even if rather a…

Six weeks is too long for an election campaign

7 December 2019 9:00 am

The number of parties represented in national election debate multiplies. There are now seven crowding on to television podiums and…

The Tories are right to be nervous

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Despite their consistent poll lead, the Tories are anxious. There is only a week to go and in many seats…

Who are we kidding – of course terror is a political issue

7 December 2019 9:00 am

It was pleasing to see that old clip of Gerry Adams endorsing Jeremy Corbyn re-emerge, just before the acts of…

I'm calling it: the Tories will win a majority

7 December 2019 9:00 am

It’s time to stick my neck out. What follows is anecdotal and my hunches have often been wrong. But I…

We don’t owe Waspi women tea and biscuits

7 December 2019 9:00 am

The pressure group Women Against State Pension Inequality (Waspi) is oddly named. What their campaign opposes is pension equality. Now,…

The RMT strike is a demonstration of what to expect in a Corbyn-McDonnell regime

7 December 2019 9:00 am

It’s unusual for a Governor of the Bank of England to announce his next job before Downing Street has named…

All belief systems must accept the danger of ridicule and contempt

30 November 2019 9:00 am

In the ‘whataboutery’ which now dominates British politics, no mention of Labour anti-Semitism is complete without a counter-accusation of Tory…

Nicola Sturgeon’s threat of Indyref2 could save the Scottish Tories

30 November 2019 9:00 am

In the village of Waterfoot on the outskirts of Glasgow, a lady in her thirties is explaining to her local…

I’ve found the country’s last Lib Dem voter

30 November 2019 9:00 am

In Gerrards Cross, in the rain, dusk falling, attempting to gauge the political mood of the town through the pristine…

We must defend freedom of reaction

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Debbie Harry, Blondie’s lead singer, has written a memoir in which she relates, in her usual deadpan, punk-rock way, the…

What I learned on my speed awareness course

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Speed is in my blood. My father, grandfather and great-grandfather all used to race cars in their youth. We even…

There’s no need to mourn the loss of Uber’s London licence

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Early experiences of Uber in London did not encourage me to become a regular user. My first driver thought I…

The silence of the Scottish unionists

23 November 2019 9:00 am

We citizens of the small Sussex village of Etchingham are proud of our clan chief, Julie, who chaired Tuesday night’s…

Get ready for the Great Lammy Firewall

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Many of you will be waiting, with much excitement, for the Great Lammy Firewall, which will be introduced by our…

What on earth are the Lib Dems up to?

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Jo Swinson is right. Most of the gains that it’s worth her party aiming for would be made at the…

Labour’s real 2019 manifesto

23 November 2019 9:00 am

In 2019, Labour’s strategy is about delivering a fairer, more prosperous society, in adherence to our motto: for the zany,…

Even Elon Musk thinks Brexit Britain is a risky prospect

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Having been awarded the title of business editor of this paper by Boris Johnson in his former incarnation, I know…

My charter of fundamental rights

16 November 2019 9:00 am

I was chatting to a young medical student, a very bright chap from West Africa, who was nonetheless perplexed by…