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My friend’s death taught me what Easter really means

20 April 2019 9:00 am

The bravest thing I’ve ever seen was 93-year-old Albert’s decision to die and the days after in which he stuck…

Are you ‘culture compliant’?

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Here’s a quick quiz to jolly up your Easter. 1. Lucy Noble, artistic director of the Royal Albert Hall, thinks…

Why passengers won’t mourn the passing of Virgin trains

20 April 2019 9:00 am

‘Virgin trains could be gone from the UK in November,’ blogged Sir Richard Branson from his billionaire hideaway after the…

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Is it Islamophobic to disagree with Baroness Warsi?

13 April 2019 9:00 am

In his famous speech to both Houses of Parliament in March 1960, General De Gaulle praised Britain: ‘Although, since 1940,…

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A general election is now Brexit’s last best chance

13 April 2019 9:00 am

It’s been even more humiliating second time round. The United Kingdom has again been reduced to asking the European Union…

The transgender agenda could topple intersectionality

13 April 2019 9:00 am

It is a great disappointment to me that my phrases don’t get picked up by other writers and then society…

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My advice to Leavers: go for a second referendum – you might just win

13 April 2019 9:00 am

My first encounter with a plan to hold not one but two referendums on Britain’s European Union membership happened more…

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Dear Remainer parliament: you won. Now revoke Article 50 – if you dare

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Dear Remainer parliament. Although we’re the voters who spurned the petition for this very course of action, we the undersigned…

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Germany’s economy is crashing – but its fall may help save us

13 April 2019 9:00 am

This is no time for schadenfreude — but take comfort from the fact that the UK isn’t built like Germany.…

The logic behind Theresa May’s late move to Labour

6 April 2019 9:00 am

There is a logic in Mrs May’s late move to Labour. It is the same logic by which both parties,…

In what possible way was Nick Boles ever a Conservative?

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Who is your favourite brave Remainer Conservative MP? Anna Soubry has to be near the top of the list, for…

How I know the Conservative party is doomed

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Gosh, it’s depressing watching the natural party of government committing slow-motion suicide. It’s depressing even if you’re not, as I…

UK business investment has nosedived – what’s to blame?

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Business investment in the UK declined in all four quarters of 2018 to complete a year-on-year dive of 2.4 per cent,…

The obvious solution to the problem of Brexit

30 March 2019 9:00 am

There is an obvious solution to the Brexit problem. It is based on a recognition that we want out and…

Mueller has led to the vindication – not the destruction – of Donald Trump

30 March 2019 9:00 am

   Washington Robert Mueller’s two-year investigation into ‘Russiagate’ was meant to bring down President Donald Trump. That was the plan.…

Imagine the uproar if Remain had won, but MPs then made Britain leave

30 March 2019 9:00 am

Sometimes it’s worth addressing what didn’t happen. For one exasperating aspect of appearing on television news is leaving the studio…

Outlawing ‘Islamophobia’ would help jihadis

30 March 2019 9:00 am

Last weekend the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, described the massacre in Christchurch as the result ‘of failing to root…

The real winner from Brexodus won’t be Frankfurt, Paris or Dublin

30 March 2019 9:00 am

How big is Brexodus — the flight of business and people from the City of London in parallel with our…

Britain’s fate now lies in the hands of Angela Merkel

23 March 2019 9:00 am

Angela Merkel says disdainfully, ‘I admit I was not on top of the British parliament’s 17th-century procedural rules.’ Her implication…

On the subject of John Bercow

23 March 2019 9:00 am

You can buy the latest edition of Thomas Erskine May’s Parliamentary Practice for just over three hundred quid, but I…

In defence of snake oil

23 March 2019 9:00 am

A few months ago I had possibly the best massage I’ve ever had. My masseuse, Anouschka, had learned her skills…

Which 21st century noise annoys you the most?

23 March 2019 9:00 am

I live with a ghost, or rather, I share an address with a man who’s been dead for many years.…

Merging two unhappy companies is a recipe for disaster

23 March 2019 9:00 am

It never works to take two unhappy companies and blend them into a bigger pile of misery. That’s the way…

Leadership requires imagination, but Theresa May has never displayed any

14 March 2019 9:00 am

I had forgotten, until I checked this week, that Mrs May timed the general election of June 2017 in order…

How bad is the Democrats' anti-Semitism problem?

14 March 2019 9:00 am

 Washington, DC Republican strategists have long complained about how, every election, the Democrats mobilise minority groups against them. Now they’re…