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Why this deluded affection for the Palestinians?

19 May 2018 9:00 am

The worst entry for this year’s Euro-vision song contest was that vast cater-wauling aboriginal. I can’t remember her name, only…

We might be plunging towards Brexit chaos – but at least everyone has jobs

19 May 2018 9:00 am

It’s heartening to see an authentic British entrepreneur heading this year’s Sunday Times Rich List, the industrial-ist Jim Ratcliffe, who…

The Iran deal is a western concession not matched by change on the other side

12 May 2018 9:00 am

The point behind the argument about the Iran nuclear deal goes beyond precise nuclear facts. It is like the row…

Brexit is fast becoming a Tory no-win

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Theresa May’s Brexit dilemma is becoming more acute. Last week, she failed to garner the support of the Brexit inner…

Yes, I know that Brexit is driving me (slightly) mad. But I'll never shut up about it

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Rosé wine is, I know, considered naff. Were you unaware of this you’d fast conclude as much from the incidence…

It’s time to get real about gang violence in London

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Hey, Londoners — been stabbed or shot yet this week? Just thought I’d check as the place seems to resemble,…

Why should we give in to EU blackmail over the EU border?

12 May 2018 9:00 am

In deference to public exhaustion, I’ve largely avoided Brexit in this slot. But a columnist’s output ought rightly to echo…

It was a hot weekend for takeover deals – and cycling

12 May 2018 9:00 am

The bank holiday turned out to be a hot one, not least in the takeover arena. First, Shire Pharmaceutical accepted…

Egalité! Liberté! Sexualité! The trivial demands behind the 1968 French 'revolution'

5 May 2018 9:00 am

This ‘Windrush’ story comes from a friend called Michael McKay, a British broadcaster based in Geneva. His father, Jeff, a…

The UN’s sent an envoy to examine Brexit racism. And a warm welcome to her

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Another new word, this time from the deranged far-right: incel. This means a chap who is involuntarily celibate because women…

After decades in London, I still long for home. Is that too Brexity?

5 May 2018 9:00 am

As I get older, and particularly after having a child, I feel myself unexpectedly drawn back to the countryside I…

We don’t deserve capitalism

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Next time there’s a terrorist atrocity in Britain, here’s one of the things that will happen in the immediate aftermath:…

TSB’s new owners should have seen this computer catastrophe coming

5 May 2018 9:00 am

The systems breakdown at TSB is not (yet) the worst UK bank computer cock-up of all time: that prize is…

Why is the National Trust trying to downplay its established purpose?

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Hilary McGrady, the new director-general of the National Trust, sent me (and no doubt other journalists) a nice email hoping…

Theresa May should fear a Brexiteer who feels betrayed

28 April 2018 9:00 am

It is sometimes tempting to imagine that the Brexit negotiations will follow the course of a Sunday night TV drama:…

The origins of Labour’s racism

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Another word which has gained a new meaning in the present decade, along with ‘vulnerable’ and ‘diverse’: survivor. Once it…

They say Enoch Powell had a fine mind. I’m not so sure

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Enoch Powell has been in many minds this month. It’s the 50th anniversary of his famous ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech…

The Home Office nearly deported my husband

28 April 2018 9:00 am

What I remember about preparing to leave for my husband’s appointment with the Home Office in Croydon in 2007 is…

Bank AGMs are an opportunity to shout about branch closures

28 April 2018 9:00 am

The season of high-street banks’ annual general meetings is with us and I urge you to turn up and make…

What the Windrush scandal reveals about Theresa May

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Everyone speaks about the Windrush. The boat was actually called the Empire Windrush. The full name reveals what the story…

Corbyn’s profoundly anti-western worldview is fully exposed at last

21 April 2018 9:00 am

The Tories’ great worry after the last election was that they had effectively vaccinated the electorate against Jeremy Corbyn. They…

A joke about Welsh vowels is a hate crime, say the tuppenny panjandrums

21 April 2018 9:00 am

It took four days to actually see the pine marten in the flesh. We caught it on a trail cam…

Why I have succumbed to sourdough mania

21 April 2018 9:00 am

This ought to be the perfect time for a rant about how we’ve reached peak sourdough. It’s been all the…

An odd new feeling has crept up on me – sympathy for the police

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Spring has come to my local park in its usual way. First the magnolias, then the cherry blossom, then the…

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…