Columnists

Great writers are found with an open mind

9 June 2018 9:00 am

I’d been suffering under the misguided illusion that the purpose of mainstream publishers like Penguin Random House was to sell…

Let’s hope for a better, demerged, RBS when it’s back in private hands

9 June 2018 9:00 am

At last the government has restarted the process of selling its stake in Royal Bank of Scotland. A first £2…

It’s time for the EU to change its ways (Photo: Getty)

The EU should go the way of the British Empire

2 June 2018 9:00 am

To understand how the European Union works, and how it doesn’t, it helps to think of it as an empire.…

London’s importance would only increase in a Eurozone crisis (Photo: Getty)

Could a eurozone crisis benefit Brexit?

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Is it better to negotiate with a confident, optimistic European Union or a nervous, fretful one? Even Brexiteers are split…

When will the Tories learn: murdering animals isn’t a vote-winner

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Buoyed by its huge popularity in the opinion polls and the fact that it is managing Brexit so well, the…

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s transgender superman

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Comics aren’t what they used to be. In 1976 I was 11 — the perfect target audience for probably the…

WH Smith, Britain’s worst high-street retailer, is ripe for disruption

2 June 2018 9:00 am

I’m not in the least surprised to learn that WH Smith has been voted Britain’s worst high-street retailer in a…

Michael Gove’s stove ban is a direct attack on country life

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Michael Gove wants to punish those who use wood-burning stoves and possibly even open fires. It would be hard to…

Donald Trump and Moon Jae-In (image: Getty)

Donald Trump’s murky past is catching up with him

26 May 2018 9:00 am

 Washington, DC It was a petulant Donald Trump who appeared at a White House press briefing on Tuesday with the…

Is Meghan’s wedding our ‘Obama moment’? Let’s hope not

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Here’s something to bear in mind over the next few years. Be wary of taking advice on social justice from…

Is ‘woman’ now an offensive word?

26 May 2018 9:00 am

I do not know whether the Speaker of the House of Commons called the present Leader of the House a…

I like a fight too much. That’s why I’ll never go on social media

26 May 2018 9:00 am

During a dozen years in Belfast I collected a number of political coffee mugs, hailing from both sides of the…

Why Mark Carney’s successor is likely to be woman

26 May 2018 9:00 am

If Ben Broadbent’s Daily Telegraph interview last week was the launch of a bid for the governorship of the Bank…

The royals who do best are those who restrain their personalities

19 May 2018 9:00 am

The last time we had a royal wedding of comparable dynastic importance (i.e. only a bit important), Prince Andrew married…

We need to stop buying into this ‘divided Britain’ narrative

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Amid all the argument in Westminster, everyone can agree on one thing: the country is bitterly divided. The 52:48 divisions…

Turns out life’s not so easy – just look at Ulysses S. Grant

19 May 2018 9:00 am

When Winston Churchill was at the nadir of his career, he wrote a biography of his ancestor, the Duke of…

Why this deluded affection for the Palestinians?

19 May 2018 9:00 am

The worst entry for this year’s Euro-vision song contest was that vast cater-wauling aboriginal. I can’t remember her name, only…

We might be plunging towards Brexit chaos – but at least everyone has jobs

19 May 2018 9:00 am

It’s heartening to see an authentic British entrepreneur heading this year’s Sunday Times Rich List, the industrial-ist Jim Ratcliffe, who…

The Iran deal is a western concession not matched by change on the other side

12 May 2018 9:00 am

The point behind the argument about the Iran nuclear deal goes beyond precise nuclear facts. It is like the row…

Brexit is fast becoming a Tory no-win

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Theresa May’s Brexit dilemma is becoming more acute. Last week, she failed to garner the support of the Brexit inner…

Yes, I know that Brexit is driving me (slightly) mad. But I'll never shut up about it

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Rosé wine is, I know, considered naff. Were you unaware of this you’d fast conclude as much from the incidence…

It’s time to get real about gang violence in London

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Hey, Londoners — been stabbed or shot yet this week? Just thought I’d check as the place seems to resemble,…

Why should we give in to EU blackmail over the EU border?

12 May 2018 9:00 am

In deference to public exhaustion, I’ve largely avoided Brexit in this slot. But a columnist’s output ought rightly to echo…

It was a hot weekend for takeover deals – and cycling

12 May 2018 9:00 am

The bank holiday turned out to be a hot one, not least in the takeover arena. First, Shire Pharmaceutical accepted…

Egalité! Liberté! Sexualité! The trivial demands behind the 1968 French 'revolution'

5 May 2018 9:00 am

This ‘Windrush’ story comes from a friend called Michael McKay, a British broadcaster based in Geneva. His father, Jeff, a…