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The day I had enough of experts

16 February 2019 9:00 am

‘Don’t even try,’ said the man on the car deck as Brittany Ferries’ Finistère tied up on the dock in…

Virginia governor Ralph Northam, who is facing calls to resign after admitting he had worn blackface [WIN McNAMEE/GETTY IMAGES]

Without forgiveness, we’re all doomed

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Over Christmas, I digitised slides from my twenties. In many an unidentified photograph, I didn’t recognise the scene. Where was…

John Maynard Keynes [GETTY IMAGES]

What would Keynes make of a looming no-deal Brexit?

16 February 2019 9:00 am

‘It is seldom wise to sacrifice a present evil for a doubtful advantage in the future,’ wrote John Maynard Keynes…

The genius of Titania McGrath

9 February 2019 9:00 am

I am in a small minority in turning off the news when it is not about Brexit. The slow, agonising…

The Tories have never been less prepared for a general election

9 February 2019 9:00 am

‘What would a Conservative manifesto say on Brexit?’ Many Tories consider this question a slam-dunk argument against an early election.…

One Nation Trumpism can win

9 February 2019 9:00 am

 Washington, DC Donald Trump, the unity president — doesn’t sound right, does it? Trump is, we know, divisive. Under his…

Arthritis, nerve pain and chronic fatigue: my life with Lyme disease

9 February 2019 9:00 am

Some medical experts claim that Lyme disease is worse than cancer. It’s not a competition, but I do know one…

The Nissan move shows Britain is losing its competitive edge

9 February 2019 9:00 am

Has ‘Jay’ Powell gone wobbly, or does he know something we don’t? That was the question being asked after the…

The EU’s hard-border bluff will soon collapse – and then it can get serious about Brexit

2 February 2019 9:00 am

The House of Commons does work better than it seems to, I promise you. When a big subject comes up,…

Could Kamala Harris be the Democrats' dream antidote to Trump?

2 February 2019 9:00 am

 Washington, DC It’s no secret that President Donald Trump has women problems. His relationship with his wife seems strained. Feminists…

Those who warn of Brexit civil unrest are inviting it

2 February 2019 9:00 am

There’s a famous (or infamous) method of negotiation or interrogation called ‘Good cop, bad cop’. You’re probably familiar with the…

Is it society’s job to stop people singing racist jokes?

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Where would you rather come from, Pakistan or Liverpool? Assuming you were somehow given a retrospective choice in the matter.…

Why are we allowing ourselves to be held to ransom by has-been Irish militants?

2 February 2019 9:00 am

When politics goes round in circles, the columnist inevitably revisits issues that would have been sorted if only everyone read…

The super rich aren’t all bad – some even pay their taxes

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Paying tax — which many of us have been doing this week before HMRC’s 31 January deadline — is a…

When ‘politician’ is the biggest insult of them all

26 January 2019 9:00 am

This column has laughed before at the BBC’s satirical wit in having a slot called ‘Reality Check’ on Brexit. If…

Brexit goes back to the backstop

26 January 2019 9:00 am

As the prime minister walks up the main staircase in No. 10, he or she must pass the portrait of…

Even in moderate Malaysia, anti-Semitism is rife

26 January 2019 9:00 am

The question I had hoped to pose this week was this: ‘Do people dislike Diane Abbott because she is black…

The scent of London has changed: all I can smell now is cannabis

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Fewer people are smoking cannabis these days, down to 1.4 million from two million, they say. I say, if you…

No luxury has ever disappointed me as much as my wood-burning stove

26 January 2019 9:00 am

When I first heard rumours that Michael Gove was planning to go round the country with his environmental Gestapo, ripping…

Nobody who’s anybody was at Davos this year. Here’s why

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Nobody who’s anybody is in Davos this week and, as usual, neither am I. World leaders from Donald Trump to…

In defence of unicorns

19 January 2019 9:00 am

The scale of the government’s defeat on Mrs May’s deal is, as everyone keeps saying, amazing — yet also not.…

It’s Salmond vs Sturgeon – and whoever wins, the SNP loses

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Amid the wreckage of a Brexit process that has disrupted every aspect of British political life, it is easy to…

On Nobel Prize winners and Mastermind losers

19 January 2019 9:00 am

I once worked my way through two whole books of IQ tests devised by Hans Eysenck and by the time…

Leavers have just killed the best chance of Brexit ever happening

19 January 2019 9:00 am

When intelligent, informed and rational people make a choice that onlookers can see confounds their own declared interests, we are…

Publishers must push back against the baying Twitter mob

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Suppose you’re a writer with a self-destructive proclivity for sticking your neck out. Would you sign a book contract that…