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Full-fibre broadband by 2033? I wish I could believe you, minister

28 July 2018 9:00 am

I bought BT’s offer of an upgrade to ‘superfast’ broadband because the standard service seemed to be deteriorating just as…

Why dismiss a Catholic priest for being Catholic?

28 July 2018 9:00 am

They’re just kids! What’s your problem? This has become the default reaction of a whole raft of clever people to…

The sense of betrayal feeds the demand for a no-deal Brexit. Watch this space

21 July 2018 9:00 am

The collapse of Mrs May’s Chequers plan, followed by Tuesday’s failure of the Tory Remainers to defeat the government, creates…

May's summer delusion: the recess won't solve anything

21 July 2018 9:00 am

The summer holidays couldn’t come soon enough for Theresa May. So desperate was she to get MPs away from Westminster…

Real football fans don’t care about race

21 July 2018 9:00 am

It’s middle-class commentators – not supporters – who seem obsessed with the number of black players There were altogether too many darkies in England’s World Cup…

Brexit is in chaos. It’s time to delay it – then stop it

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Omissions can be as instructive as inclusions. I noted a curious example in a column Nick Timothy wrote last month…

In the end, the Remainers will win. The powerful always do

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Before the referendum, I predicted behind closed doors that even if Leave improbably prevailed, Britain’s political establishment would ensure that…

An amoral money world needs ethical campaigners more than ever

21 July 2018 9:00 am

When I first visited Canary Wharf in the early 1990s, I was struck by a set of black-and-white posters in…

Why did Theresa May ‘clear’ the EU deal with Merkel before consulting her colleagues?

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Why do the British turn to the Germans in their moments of European trouble? It never works. When Jacques Delors…

This is Brexit in name only to keep the plebs happy

14 July 2018 9:00 am

My wife has decided she likes Dominic Raab, the latest poor sap to be despatched from a hamstrung, spasticated government…

Ukip’s on the verge of a spectacular comeback – and it’s all thanks to Theresa May

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Paul Joseph Watson, Count Dankula and Sargon of Akkad have joined Ukip. Let that sink in. This is an in-joke…

Why do so many women feel such a strong urge to paint?

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Why do so many women feel such a strong urge to paint? It has been troubling me for years now.…

Data breaches show we’re only three clicks away from anarchy

14 July 2018 9:00 am

An IT glitch afflicting BP petrol stations for three hours last Sunday evening might not sound like headline news. A…

Does anyone know how we can entice our house martins back?

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Newsmax, the magazine of the eponymous US conservative multiplatform network, carries a full page advertisement for ‘The Presidential 1911 Pistol’,…

Can Brexiteers stomach May’s Brexit blueprint?

7 July 2018 9:00 am

It isn’t just Brexit that worries the government, as the cabinet meeting this week demonstrated. Much of it was taken…

I’m off to Woman Fest (I’ll be self-identifying for the day)

7 July 2018 9:00 am

At last I have found a summer festival I can attend in good faith without the possibility of Jeremy Corbyn…

The term ‘marriage’ needs to be untangled

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Rebecca Steinfeld (37) and Charles Keidan (41) have a moral objection to marriage. They’ve been together since 2010, have two…

You don’t win an argument by getting personal

7 July 2018 9:00 am

‘If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant,’ Democratic Representative Maxine Waters railed to a California rally last…

Enjoy your feelgood summer while you can – there may be trouble ahead

7 July 2018 9:00 am

I’ve been on a mini-tour, full of echoes and warnings. First, to the Grange Festival in Hampshire, where we might…

The internal logic of the NHS makes it ruthlessly cold-hearted

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Gordon Brown, echoing Aneurin Bevan, says that the greatest gift that the NHS brings to people is ‘serenity’. He is…

July 2018 could prove to be Theresa May’s cruellest month

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Theresa May is about to embark on the toughest month of her premiership to date. Next week, she must persuade…

There’s a reason restaurants everywhere are failing: Red Hen Syndrome

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Anxious to find out what food they served at the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, I clicked on the…

My encounter with the self-righteous cry-bullies of Cambridge

30 June 2018 9:00 am

There’s a Tracey Ullman comedy sketch about the extreme and ugly form of political correctness afflicting the youth. It’s set…

Carmakers are an undeniable voice in the Brexit debate

30 June 2018 9:00 am

The voice of business has been all but silent in the Brexit debate ever since former Marks & Spencer boss…

The government’s pledge to increase NHS spending is disgusting

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Seen from almost any point of view, the government’s decision to increase spending on the NHS is disgusting. It is…