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I’m an optimist for trade despite the idiocies of politicians

21 April 2018 9:00 am

I’m proud to be a member of the 661-year-old Company of Merchant Adventurers of the City of York, having qualified…

The Good Friday Agreement is not a peace but a truce

14 April 2018 9:00 am

The Good Friday Agreement (GFA), which celebrates its 20th anniversary this week, is not a peace, but a truce. This does…

Will Britain find a new role in the world after Brexit?

14 April 2018 9:00 am

Britain’s imperial past distorts the debate about our place in the world, but not in the way that is commonly…

I can never resist a trip to the rubbish dump

14 April 2018 9:00 am

I was back at the tip on Sunday. I cannot help it. What art galleries or rock concerts or online…

Why catastrophising is my idea of a good time

14 April 2018 9:00 am

When, on a test of general knowledge, the highly educated score far worse than chimpanzees, university degrees may be overrated…

The US Treasury shows London how to cold-shoulder Putin’s cronies

14 April 2018 9:00 am

A decade ago I commissioned an article about Vladimir Putin’s business cronies. Among other lines of enquiry, it sought to…

Labour moderates are desperate to leave – but there’s nowhere to go

7 April 2018 9:00 am

The case for Labour moderates leaving their party strengthens by the day. Jeremy Corbyn’s behaviour demonstrates that he is not…

Corbyn, anti-Semitism and the righteous vanity of Tony Benn

7 April 2018 9:00 am

What is it, psychologically, that makes it so hard for Jeremy Corbyn to recognise that some of his supporters are…

The DPP's Alison Saunders was never much cop

7 April 2018 9:00 am

An interesting development for our police force, then. In future they do not have to believe everything someone tells them,…

Has Virgin trains lost the plot?

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Twelve minutes till the train. That had seemed like quite enough time as I approached the Virgin ticket machine. Two…

Why a Big Oil row tells us it’s time to stop fetishising experts

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Something extraordinary and largely unreported has just happened in a court in San Francisco. A federal judge has said that…

Call this US-China tit-for-tat a trade war?

7 April 2018 9:00 am

‘Stocks plunge as China hits US goods with tariffs,’ said a headline after the long weekend, and the FTSE100 duly…

At last, Labour’s anti-Semitism has caught up with Corbyn

31 March 2018 9:00 am

At last Jeremy Corbyn is being made to pay a price for Labour’s anti-Semitism under his leadership. It has now, for…

What will it take for Labour MPs to act against Corbyn?

31 March 2018 9:00 am

One of the mistakes Theresa May made in calling an early election was not anticipating the effect it would have…

All was calm at the elephant safari camp. Then the river began to roar...

31 March 2018 9:00 am

When Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s deputy, ejected from the aeroplane he was flying solo to Scotland, he parachuted to the ground…

Labour, lizards and the problem of anti-Semitism

31 March 2018 9:00 am

There’s a very funny moment in Jon Ronson’s book Them: Adventures with Extremists, part of which follows the New Age…

Can you prove you’re not a racist?

31 March 2018 9:00 am

After an essay in this month’s Prospect about literature and freedom of speech, it seems I was cited on Twitter…

So farewell Toys ‘R’ Us, the predator that became the prey

31 March 2018 9:00 am

I remember the arrival of Toys ‘R’ Us in Britain, because as a young banker in 1984 I was tasked…

It is the Europhiles who are the head-bangers now

24 March 2018 9:00 am

For almost as long as I can remember, Eurosceptic Tory MPs have been defined by the media as ‘head-bangers’. As…

The Tories are risking their reputation as the party of law and order

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Theresa May’s Home Office record is normally off limits at cabinet. But when ministers discussed the government’s strategy for reducing…

Our response to the nerve gas attack has been an act of self-harm

24 March 2018 9:00 am

There was a growling Russian maniac on the BBC’s Today programme last week, an MP from the United Russia party…

The vlogging fantasy that bewitches our children

24 March 2018 9:00 am

My friend’s ten-year-old daughter has a new hobby. Like many of her school pals, she hopes to become a video…

I wish I had kept my Brummie accent. I’d be taken more seriously

24 March 2018 9:00 am

‘No one wants to send their son to Eton any more,’ I learned from last week’s Spectator Schools supplement. It…

Sorry fishermen, but we were never going to win back control of our waters

24 March 2018 9:00 am

My decision to vote Remain was driven in part by an exercise in which I tried to identify anyone close…

Let’s find the most idiotic Brexit headlines

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Gimson’s Prime Ministers, out this week, is a crisp and stylish account of every one of them. I happened to…