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The record bull run must end soon. So is it time for a return to gold?

1 September 2018 9:00 am

All good things must come to an end, including summer holidays and bull markets. The bull run in US shares…

The plot to stop Brexit

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Every Wednesday morning in the House of Commons, about a dozen people can be seen making their way along the…

And I think to myself, not a wonderful world...

25 August 2018 9:00 am

The story of Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan is an interesting one, I think, for what it tells us about…

It’s not science I don’t trust – it’s the scientists

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Everyone knows the real reason people like Donald Trump are sceptical of climate change is that conservatives are fundamentally anti-science.…

Decent broadband is a public right. Get on and kick BT, minister

25 August 2018 9:00 am

As I set to compiling your email responses into our ‘broadband dossier’ to send to BT chairman Jan du Plessis,…

Theresa May’s exit strategy

18 August 2018 9:00 am

There’s an advertising campaign for the Swiss Alps at the moment urging people to go hiking there ‘and find the…

Jeremy Corbyn is either deeply sinister – or a total idiot

18 August 2018 9:00 am

The crowd were singing ‘Oh, Jeremy Corbyn’ again, at a festival in Cornwall, the words appended to a riff by…

Obsessed with politics? Then your life is going seriously wrong

18 August 2018 9:00 am

Timeless in its wisdom, the book Parkinson’s Law is of course famous for Parkinson’s law itself: that ‘work expands to…

Identity politics are – by definition – racist

18 August 2018 9:00 am

To mark last weekend’s one-year anniversary of the violent right-wing demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, a meagre two dozen card-carrying white…

Give Mike Ashley a peerage if he can revive House of Fraser

18 August 2018 9:00 am

This column has consistently stood up for Mike Ashley, even when the lonesome billionaire’s notions of corporate governance at Sports…

Why do we support the Iran regime when it is bitterly hostile to our way of life?

11 August 2018 9:00 am

President Trump has ended US participation in the Iran deal and imposed sanctions. No doubt this is annoying to the…

Why is it that so many leading Brexiteers studied history?

11 August 2018 9:00 am

What do Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Dominic Cummings all have in common? They are Brexiteers, of course. Yet little…

Why Boris is wrong about burkas

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Were you aware that men who transition into women can suffer period pains, despite not having a uterus? Oh, they…

On a beach with no phone signal, I rediscovered the wonder of boredom

11 August 2018 9:00 am

After an hour’s beach work I was just about done. I’d read some book, I’d skimmed the papers, I’d eaten…

It’s time to accept that companies such as Amazon are beyond shame

11 August 2018 9:00 am

‘There has to be a level playing field so that… Amazon cannot undercut domestic booksellers by using the tax advantage…

The attempt to deselect Frank Field tells you all you need to know about Corbyn’s Labour

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Early in his career — and mine — I got to know Frank Field. Then, as now, he was being…

Who wins when everyone is in crisis?

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Britain’s three main political parties are in crisis. That isn’t meant to happen. If only by a process of elimination,…

Bigots of the world, unite!

4 August 2018 9:00 am

If Jews would get out of Israel and also stop drinking the blood of gentile children, perhaps the rest of…

Ukip should return – our politics depends on it

4 August 2018 9:00 am

‘The return of Ukip’ declared the headline on our cover story last week. The polling boffin Matthew Goodwin to whose…

No apology is ever enough for the digital mob

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Promoting physical fitness, the left has developed a bracing set of competitive callisthenics. Participants vie over who can complete a…

What’s bad for slick estate agents like Foxtons is good for working Londoners

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Those twice-weekly sales emails from Foxtons that the recent GDPR clean-up has failed to stop have lately been spattered with…

Is it unchristian to support Brexit?

28 July 2018 9:00 am

At a speaker luncheon last week, someone I didn’t know passed me a note asking ‘Have you stopped supporting capital…

Why austerity is coming to an end

28 July 2018 9:00 am

The last day of the parliamentary term is usually an occasion for the government to get a whole bunch of…

The more extreme the left’s screeches, the greater the populist surge

28 July 2018 9:00 am

The latest exciting news is that it may very soon be possible for surgeons to perform uterine transplants, so endowing…

Who remembers the greatest crusader?

28 July 2018 9:00 am

For your perfect summer read I’d recommend Zoé Oldenbourg’s 1949 classic medieval adventure The World Is Not Enough. It’ll comfortably…