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Why fudging Ireland’s Brexit border issue can only mean Troubles ahead

5 August 2017 9:00 am

The question of what kind of border after Brexit will exist between Northern Ireland and the Republic will, I predict,…

The dark clouds that threaten Brexit

29 July 2017 9:00 am

It’s summertime and the living is easy… unless you’re a civil servant working on Brexit. Whitehall has recognised that the…

Mother Teresa was not wrong – Diana did die at the right time

29 July 2017 9:00 am

The pre-commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales is already in full swing. She…

If Brexit is dying, what about democracy?

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Never meet your enemies — you might like them, and that ruins stuff. I had dinner with the former Archbishop…

Why must I have a strong opinion about everything?

29 July 2017 9:00 am

At a party earlier this summer, I was chatting to a man who asked me how I voted in last…

Justine Greening’s idiotic gender policy shows it’s time to give up on Toryism

29 July 2017 9:00 am

I’ve had it with the Conservatives. For me, and I know I’m not the only one, the final straw was…

Another German car-maker scandal is good news for Brexiteers

29 July 2017 9:00 am

It came as no great surprise to learn that the EU competition authorities are crawling all over the three major…

The Tories need a ‘what’ as much as a ‘who’

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Theresa May has made it to the summer. In the aftermath of the election, Downing Street’s immediate aim was to…

Why the left grandstand

22 July 2017 9:00 am

We went to the first night of the Proms last week. Thinking it was all over, we left the auditorium…

The problem with the government’s proposed ‘extremism commission’

22 July 2017 9:00 am

The Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi was once invited to speak in this country — and the row which developed…

Dear Leavebugs, it’s time to admit your mistake

22 July 2017 9:00 am

‘Brexit,’ says my friend David Aaronovitch, ‘is dying.’ We Remainer irreconcilables certainly hope so. But there’s a slim chance the…

Bending City of London rules for the Saudis smacks of Brexit desperation

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Now here’s a tricky question. The world’s largest oil company, potentially worth six times as much as ExxonMobil and ten…

When it comes to banking, does royalty have no human rights?

15 July 2017 9:00 am

For some time now, banks have wielded hamfistedly the concept of the ‘politically exposed person’. They have withdrawn bank accounts…

A vicious reaction to a very bad word

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Having a nigger in the woodpile and a skeleton in the closet are closely related problems, although subtly different. In…

What’s Labour going to do with the middle classes?

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Be fair. Theresa May’s plan actually half-worked. No, there was a plan. I know the consensus now seems to be…

Let's keep up the Moggmentum

15 July 2017 9:00 am

‘We need to talk about why the internet is falling in love with Jacob Rees-Mogg, because it’s not OK,’ warns…

Who says cash in hand is fundamentally dishonest?

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Would a cashless world be a better place, morally or fiscally? Matthew Taylor, in his relatively uncontroversial review of work…

Activists mustn’t be allowed to dictate the terms of the Grenfell inquiry

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Having worked flat-out to defend judges over the Article 50 case in the Supreme Court, the BBC has gone the…

The Tories can see off Jeremy Corbyn – here’s how

8 July 2017 9:00 am

The Tory party is suffering from an intellectual crisis of confidence. Before 8 June, its collective view was that Jeremy…

Being anti-smoking damages your mental health

8 July 2017 9:00 am

I lit a cigarette in an open-air car park a couple of years ago as I was walking to the…

Sex, lies – and a stolen Stradivarius

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Because I’d been reading about Stradivarius on the bus home, my helpful iPhone suggested a related story: the Totenberg Ames…

Catalonia vs Spain: a battle that neither side can win

8 July 2017 9:00 am

If David Cameron seeks any testament to his handling of Britain’s difficulties with Scottish separatism, the mess that Spain is…

Michael Gove’s welcome move to protect our fishermen after Brexit

8 July 2017 9:00 am

I voted Remain last year for two reasons. First, however irritating I found some aspects of the EU, I could…

Why is no one talking now about the security of the West?

1 July 2017 9:00 am

At Guildhall on Tuesday, the Centre for Policy Studies held its Margaret Thatcher Conference on Security. Its title is an…

To save the Tories and boost her own legacy, Theresa May must stay

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Sometimes crises end simply because all of the participants are exhausted. Essentially, this is what has happened with the post-election…