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Revealed: the Tory health tax bombshell

17 March 2018 9:00 am

The single most important domestic policy decision that the Conservatives must take is what to do about public spending. After…

Genocide in South Africa: now that’s a black-and-white issue

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Last time I was in South Africa I spent two weeks deep in the Karoo, that desiccated wasteland in the…

To those with a taste for desolation, Lake Turkana may be the most beautiful place on Earth

17 March 2018 9:00 am

As I write, a great gale is blowing in from Lake Turkana. The dry hills on the other side, always…

Why mass immigration explains the housing crisis

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Ever since Theresa May’s clarion address of the UK’s housing shortage (and how many successive PMs have embarked on the…

Advice from the Institute of Directors: prepare for the scandal tornado

17 March 2018 9:00 am

As ‘business lobby groups’ go, the Institute of Directors has always struck me as worthy but unexciting: a more authentic…

The truth about Max Mosley and that leaflet

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Almost eight million people have now watched Cathy Newman’s Channel 4 News interview with Jordan Peterson. This figure must be…

The EU shouldn’t punish Brexit. They’d soon regret it

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Last Monday, Theresa May’s chief of staff talked junior ministers through her Mansion House speech. Gavin Barwell was frank with…

Italy’s election result shouldn’t be a shock. The populist revolution has just begun

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Why aren’t children called Roger any more? I wondered this when reading about the sad death of Sir Roger Bannister.…

Commitment-phobic men are the real reason women are having children later

10 March 2018 9:00 am

We are becoming a nation of older mothers. The average age at which a woman has her first child is…

How did I learn women are superior? From a burst water pipe

10 March 2018 9:00 am

‘It’s always me who gets the worst of it,’ said the Fawn, surveying the wreckage caused by the burst water…

Can Theresa May find time to be her own housing supremo?

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Theresa May has belatedly taken the advice I offered her here last May and named a supremo to tackle the…

Tories who side with Labour on the customs union will be rebelling over a fantasy

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn wants Britain to ‘stay in a customs union’, according to the BBC. The phrase does not make sense.…

The Tory divide that May must bridge

3 March 2018 9:00 am

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Every time Conservative Leavers speak up demanding a clean break…

The word ‘extremist’ has lost all meaning

3 March 2018 9:00 am

A few years ago, in these pages, Matthew Parris defined Ukip as a party of extremists. Perhaps one of his…

It’s not all Twitter mobs – the internet can be a force for good

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Few readerships of any intelligent national magazine will be more alive to the perils and downsides of 21st–century cyber-life than…

The all give and no take of US taxes

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Last week, the New York Times ran a very un-New-York-Times-y article, ‘Resentment Grows Over Who Gets Health Care Aid’. It…

Running a bank’s tough. That’s no reason to start handing capital back

3 March 2018 9:00 am

A mixed bag of annual results from the big banks. RBS, still 73 per cent owned by the taxpayer, recorded…

This Traveller funeral was the most emotional send-off I’ve ever been to

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Bev died, aged 61. She was the wife of ‘Foxy’ John, kennel huntsman of our local hunt. Bev was the…

The Tories’ real dilemma? To spend or not to spend

24 February 2018 9:00 am

While the rest of the country waits for this spring to arrive, in Westminster the talk is all of spring…

Why are businesses like Center Parcs so terrified of a small minority?

24 February 2018 9:00 am

I am boycotting Center Parcs. Admittedly, this is not going to have an enormous impact upon my life. It’s a…

Even being pro-Trump didn’t lose me as many friends as being pro-Brexit

24 February 2018 9:00 am

When I mentioned on social media recently that I’d lost friends because of Brexit, I was quite surprised by the…

Investors were right to sell Carillion shares when they spotted trouble ahead

24 February 2018 9:00 am

The fallout from Carillion’s bankruptcy spreads in slow motion — just as the outsourcing and construction giant’s finances gradually stretched…

Oxfam is the Harvey Weinstein of aid

17 February 2018 9:00 am

The Queen is Head of the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth is headquartered in London, in the splendour of Marlborough House. The…

There can be no Brexit deal without Tory unity

17 February 2018 9:00 am

In a hung parliament, recess takes on a particular importance for the government. It is a chance for ministers to…

There’s a reason women sell roof tiles in hotpants

17 February 2018 9:00 am

I would rather watch flies buzzing around a light bulb for two hours than Formula 1. At least the flies…