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Can Brexiteers stomach May’s Brexit blueprint?

7 July 2018 9:00 am

It isn’t just Brexit that worries the government, as the cabinet meeting this week demonstrated. Much of it was taken…

I’m off to Woman Fest (I’ll be self-identifying for the day)

7 July 2018 9:00 am

At last I have found a summer festival I can attend in good faith without the possibility of Jeremy Corbyn…

The term ‘marriage’ needs to be untangled

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Rebecca Steinfeld (37) and Charles Keidan (41) have a moral objection to marriage. They’ve been together since 2010, have two…

You don’t win an argument by getting personal

7 July 2018 9:00 am

‘If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant,’ Democratic Representative Maxine Waters railed to a California rally last…

Enjoy your feelgood summer while you can – there may be trouble ahead

7 July 2018 9:00 am

I’ve been on a mini-tour, full of echoes and warnings. First, to the Grange Festival in Hampshire, where we might…

The internal logic of the NHS makes it ruthlessly cold-hearted

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Gordon Brown, echoing Aneurin Bevan, says that the greatest gift that the NHS brings to people is ‘serenity’. He is…

July 2018 could prove to be Theresa May’s cruellest month

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Theresa May is about to embark on the toughest month of her premiership to date. Next week, she must persuade…

There’s a reason restaurants everywhere are failing: Red Hen Syndrome

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Anxious to find out what food they served at the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, I clicked on the…

My encounter with the self-righteous cry-bullies of Cambridge

30 June 2018 9:00 am

There’s a Tracey Ullman comedy sketch about the extreme and ugly form of political correctness afflicting the youth. It’s set…

Carmakers are an undeniable voice in the Brexit debate

30 June 2018 9:00 am

The voice of business has been all but silent in the Brexit debate ever since former Marks & Spencer boss…

The government’s pledge to increase NHS spending is disgusting

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Seen from almost any point of view, the government’s decision to increase spending on the NHS is disgusting. It is…

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How the NHS cash bung is being hijacked by Remainers

23 June 2018 9:00 am

The cabinet’s trip to Chequers next month will be a tense affair. Things always are when Brexit is the only…

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‘Virtual referees’ are turning the World Cup into a farce

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Flies, millions of them, vast swarms of them, spawned in the filthy Volga river: mutant flies, probably. Gathering in clouds…

How does anyone manage to navigate the maze of our second-rate NHS?

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Next month the National Health Service turns 70. The institution is greatly loved, and not for nothing. The fear of…

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The myth and menace of cryptocurrencies

23 June 2018 9:00 am

‘So, Professor Shin, tell us what you really think about cryptocurrencies.’ I’m guessing that’s the brief the Bank for International…

The pressure on Theresa May is rising

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Cans kicked down the road, last–minute concessions made, the process kept on track — just. This is how many people…

Justin Trudeau is far more pointless than Donald Trump

16 June 2018 9:00 am

‘Trudeau or Trump?’ was a choice which Theresa May, with unusually ready wit, evaded in Parliament on Monday. No doubt…

What kills migrants on boats? Politicians' good intentions

16 June 2018 9:00 am

I have been scouring the internet trying to find a right-wing festival to take the family to this summer. I…

Is it ok for Muslim parents to stop their kids having non-Muslim pals?

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Is it all right for the Muslim parents of children at British state schools to prevent their sons and daughters…

How to raise and train a teenage daughter

16 June 2018 9:00 am

‘Dad, am I driving like a normal driver yet? Are you relaxing like a normal relaxed passenger or are you…

For Pester of TSB, like Patterson of BT, the only way is exit

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Should he stay or should he go — or will he already have gone by the time you read this?…

This period of British history is like the first months of the second world war

9 June 2018 9:00 am

A distinguished retired EU diplomat from a small EU member state sends me a thoughtful letter. He complains that Brexit…

Hedgers vs Ditchers: the new Brexit divide

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Brexit could look very different by the end of this month. In the coming days, the government is expected to…

There are too many women on Radio 4 and they’re always moaning

9 June 2018 9:00 am

We had a long drive back from the north-east last weekend. Six hours or so, including a stop halfway, just…

Sweet sorrow: the only grief we mention is that with comfort buried inside it

9 June 2018 9:00 am

It was the phrase ‘sad sweet feeling in your heart’ that arrested my attention. But who would have thought it…