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Boris's big mistake? Agreeing to the BBC debate

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Boris and his team made a mistake by agreeing to take part in Tuesday’s BBC leadership debate. In such decisions,…

When it comes to Trump, don’t count on the polls

22 June 2019 9:00 am

 New York The great ceremonial game of poll dancing is gearing up for its quadrennial orgy. Headlines across the fruited…

Jeremy Corbyn with new MP Lisa Forbes after her victory in the Peterborough by-election (Getty)

We’ve been Rotherhamed

22 June 2019 9:00 am

I think we need a new source of ultimate evil for people taking part in political discussions, because Godwin’s Law…

Why are sensible Tories backing Boris Johnson?

22 June 2019 9:00 am

It was when Matt Hancock went over to Boris Johnson that something snapped. ‘Every time a child says “I don’t…

Are trigger warnings triggering people?

22 June 2019 9:00 am

An author of spoofy, light-hearted mysteries, my friend Ruth Dudley Edwards has had unusual difficulty completing her new novel, Death…

Is Green’s deal with his creditors the beginning of another scandal?

22 June 2019 9:00 am

There’s a palpable urge elsewhere in the media to see Sir Philip Green come to grief, whether as a result…

The silliness of ‘serious’ leaders

15 June 2019 9:00 am

You would think it would be unarguable that ‘Serious times demand a serious leader’. This, with small verbal variations, is…

An early election is beginning to look inevitable for the next Tory leader

15 June 2019 9:00 am

There’s a joke going around the various warring tribes in the Tory leadership contest. They might not win this time,…

Diversity’s valued — unless it’s diversity of opinion

15 June 2019 9:00 am

The BBC has advised its journalists not to use the word ‘terror’ or ‘terrorist’ when some bloke blows himself up…

It would be weird if Gove hadn’t taken drugs

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Cocaine is an abominable drug, by far the most hateful of all the various uppers and downers and psychoactives because…

Common sense is the real generation gap – just ask John Cleese

15 June 2019 9:00 am

As I write these words, I regret to inform you, John Cleese is on his way to being cancelled. Now…

The Woodford saga reminds us that we should never be seduced by star stock-pickers

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Hounds are baying for the blood of former star investment manager Neil Woodford, whose shrinking funds have closed for withdrawals.…

No exaggeration: Hyperbole makes words worthless

8 June 2019 9:00 am

Saturday night, a guest commentator on Sky News sputtered that Donald Trump has ‘normalised white supremacy’. Once the American President…

My profoundly impractical, unquenchably generous, thoroughly benevolent father

8 June 2019 8:00 am

My father Richard, who died last month aged 88, was a profoundly impractical man. He could not drive a car,…

The race for the Tory leadership is as fractured as it is crowded

8 June 2019 8:00 am

The remarkable thing about the Tory leadership election is how long it has been coming. When Theresa May blew the…

How to save the Tory party

8 June 2019 8:00 am

How do you feel about the standard of political debate in this country? I ask this question at the very…

Internet scammers can fool anyone – including me

8 June 2019 8:00 am

Please don’t suppose I’m unaware I’ve been an idiot. I recount what happened to me last week without expecting your…

In favour of nationalisation? Take a look at Network Rail

8 June 2019 8:00 am

We don’t hear enough about Network Rail these days. By that I mean that the entity recently described by the…

The strangeness of Jeremy Hunt's leadership campaign

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Jeremy Hunt’s approach is very odd. It is the first time I remember an aspirant for the top job saying:…

Why vegans must not own cats

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Is it ethical for vegans to own cats? It’s an interesting question because vegans look set to take over —…

My medical treatment is sending me bonkers – and it's no fun

1 June 2019 9:00 am

If I’ve been incredibly rude to you or snappy or tearful lately, if I’ve taken offence where none was intended,…

Can Boris Johnson's 'little otter' make him woke enough to win?

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Philip May seems a decent cove. He’s been stoic and loyal but I can’t help hoping that the next prime…

Should we fear Facebook's cryptocurrency?

1 June 2019 9:00 am

The cryptocurrency winter has turned to spring: having slumped from $20,000 in late 2017 to $3,200 a year later, bitcoin…

If you’re going to leave Notre Dame in ruins, why not set fire to Oxford University?

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Almost everyone agrees it is a pity that so few pupils from ‘disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds’ get into Oxford. But no…

The grave mistake that has killed Theresa May’s Brexit deal

25 May 2019 9:00 am

The European elections were a gift for Britain’s two new political parties, Change UK and the Brexit party. But only…