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Theresa May’s exit strategy

9 September 2017 9:00 am

Nearly all Tory MPs now agree Theresa May should stay on as Prime Minister. She must get the party through…

Why English footballers are so useless

9 September 2017 9:00 am

It is late in the evening. You’re in a bar. You’ve had quite a bit to drink but you are…

The sinister power of Britain’s family courts

9 September 2017 9:00 am

It’s right that some children are taken into care. One case in point is that of Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith, the toddler…

The night David Tang maxed out his credit card

9 September 2017 9:00 am

Arguably it was Robert Peston’s breathless reporting of trouble at Northern Rock on the evening of 13 September 2007 that…

The mad and the bad have got it in for Theresa May

2 September 2017 9:00 am

I first met Theresa May, or met her properly, way back in the last century. I’d been invited to speak…

The royals are done for — and it’s all thanks to Diana

2 September 2017 9:00 am

We are approaching an important royal anniversary, which I trust will be marked with a display of the appropriate reverence…

If gender stereotypes are an invention, why do we all freely conform to them?

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Later this year, the Advertising Standards Authority will reveal to the world their list of rules designed to wipe out…

Hurricane Harvey is bigger news than the bankers at Jackson Hole

2 September 2017 9:00 am

In Houston last November I spent an evening at the city’s industrial-scale food bank, where I heard a presentation on…

What has happened to Trump’s ‘America first’ policy?

26 August 2017 9:00 am

So much for Donald J. Trump, ‘America first’ isolationist. Gone is the man who, as a civilian, repeatedly endorsed a…

We’re losing this cat-and-mouse terror game

26 August 2017 9:00 am

I wonder how Mohammad Khan is getting on in his legal action against Virgin Atlantic. Mo — a Muslim, the…

A glamour model’s exotic tale of abduction – and slavery’s sad truth

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Do you believe Chloe Ayling? She is the 20-year-old glamour model whose dramatic story has been all over the newspapers…

The story of Pecky, the young green woodpecker, could be a moneyspinner

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Ever since I was a child, I’d always yearned to see a green woodpecker. With its scarlet cap and lime-green…

The truth about Brexit? One professor’s guess is no better than another’s

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Removing all trade and tariff barriers as part of a hard Brexit would generate ‘a £135 billion annual boost to…

A phoney Tory leadership war has begun

19 August 2017 9:00 am

When a new MP is offered a job as a parliamentary private secretary for a cabinet member, it’s often a…

Take oxytocin and you too can be a liberal halfwit

19 August 2017 9:00 am

People who feel unkindly disposed towards economic migrants are chemically imbalanced, according to a study from the University of Bonn.…

In my other life, I’m a water engineer

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Friends arrived last week to find me in a mudhole, inside a cave-like tunnel into the hill, fiddling around with…

My son and the back-crackers of Harley Street

19 August 2017 9:00 am

All along Harley Street, charlatans and medical experts have set up side by side with no obvious way to tell…

Forget London’s lost Garden Bridge: bring on Nine Elms-to-Pimlico instead

19 August 2017 9:00 am

I can’t work up much indignation at the collapse of London’s Garden Bridge project, which has been strangled by the…

Why football wants the ‘somewheres’ to get lost

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Some years ago, when Millwall played West Ham United, the Millwall fans sang the following song (to the tune of…

David Cameron’s kept his head down, so let him chillax

12 August 2017 9:00 am

David Cameron was in the news again this week after being paid £1 million a minute to give a speech…

Snobbery in the age of social media

12 August 2017 9:00 am

We like to think we have moved on from the age of snobbery. Judging others by birth or status, or…

Why is your holiday exchange rate so awful? Investors see hope for the eurozone

12 August 2017 9:00 am

As usual for August, I’m in France, where the news in brief is ‘Euro up, Macron down’. The youthful French…

Parliament’s new tribe

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Politics is such a fickle game that it’s perfectly acceptable to believe six impossible things before breakfast without ever having…

Civilised air travel? Pigs might fly

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Does anyone actually enjoy flying     any more? I know I don’t. I realised recently, while anxiously repacking my tiny carry-on…

Why we need ideology in politics

5 August 2017 9:00 am

‘Studying history at Balliol,’ writes Chris Patten, ‘I knew that the one thing which made me uneasy was a grand…