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Common sense is the real generation gap – just ask John Cleese

15 June 2019 9:00 am

As I write these words, I regret to inform you, John Cleese is on his way to being cancelled. Now…

The Woodford saga reminds us that we should never be seduced by star stock-pickers

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Hounds are baying for the blood of former star investment manager Neil Woodford, whose shrinking funds have closed for withdrawals.…

No exaggeration: Hyperbole makes words worthless

8 June 2019 9:00 am

Saturday night, a guest commentator on Sky News sputtered that Donald Trump has ‘normalised white supremacy’. Once the American President…

My profoundly impractical, unquenchably generous, thoroughly benevolent father

8 June 2019 8:00 am

My father Richard, who died last month aged 88, was a profoundly impractical man. He could not drive a car,…

The race for the Tory leadership is as fractured as it is crowded

8 June 2019 8:00 am

The remarkable thing about the Tory leadership election is how long it has been coming. When Theresa May blew the…

How to save the Tory party

8 June 2019 8:00 am

How do you feel about the standard of political debate in this country? I ask this question at the very…

Internet scammers can fool anyone – including me

8 June 2019 8:00 am

Please don’t suppose I’m unaware I’ve been an idiot. I recount what happened to me last week without expecting your…

In favour of nationalisation? Take a look at Network Rail

8 June 2019 8:00 am

We don’t hear enough about Network Rail these days. By that I mean that the entity recently described by the…

The strangeness of Jeremy Hunt's leadership campaign

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Jeremy Hunt’s approach is very odd. It is the first time I remember an aspirant for the top job saying:…

Why vegans must not own cats

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Is it ethical for vegans to own cats? It’s an interesting question because vegans look set to take over —…

My medical treatment is sending me bonkers – and it's no fun

1 June 2019 9:00 am

If I’ve been incredibly rude to you or snappy or tearful lately, if I’ve taken offence where none was intended,…

Can Boris Johnson's 'little otter' make him woke enough to win?

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Philip May seems a decent cove. He’s been stoic and loyal but I can’t help hoping that the next prime…

Should we fear Facebook's cryptocurrency?

1 June 2019 9:00 am

The cryptocurrency winter has turned to spring: having slumped from $20,000 in late 2017 to $3,200 a year later, bitcoin…

If you’re going to leave Notre Dame in ruins, why not set fire to Oxford University?

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Almost everyone agrees it is a pity that so few pupils from ‘disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds’ get into Oxford. But no…

The grave mistake that has killed Theresa May’s Brexit deal

25 May 2019 9:00 am

The European elections were a gift for Britain’s two new political parties, Change UK and the Brexit party. But only…

On milkshakes

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Should we make it illegal to study the social sciences? Imagine the amount of tendentious rubbish we could erase from…

Only Boris can bury Brexit

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Sit down, my swivel-eyed Brexiter friend, and pour yourself a stiff whisky. I’ve something to tell you that’s going to…

Adversity is the new diversity – and it disadvantages everyone

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Like all attempts to take a shortcut to social justice, this advantaging of one group will disadvantage others

Why the British Steel crisis is not about Brexit

25 May 2019 9:00 am

There’s a strong sense of déjà vu in this week’s steel crisis. The whole Brexit saga seems to have been…

Trump's Iran strategy: Keep your enemies close and your hawks closer

18 May 2019 9:00 am

 Washington, DC Donald Trump has an itchy trigger finger, and his name is John Bolton. The President’s national security adviser…

I'm starting to have doubts about Nigel Farage

18 May 2019 9:00 am

The echo chamber is the defining characteristic of this berserk and entertaining political age: squadrons of foam-flecked absolutists ranting to…

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Gratitude lessons show Eton is losing its way

18 May 2019 9:00 am

‘Repeat after me, gentlemen: “Thank you for not letting me into your Oxbridge college because I belong to the wrong…

Metro Bank was the wrong model for its place and time

18 May 2019 9:00 am

This column has long been a fan of the concept of ‘challenger banks’ offering alternatives for personal and small business…

Are the ‘village idiots’ right about Brexit?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

The former BBC presenter Gavin Esler has very kindly given us an insight into how BBC people think (had we…

Can May and Corbyn find a Brexit compromise?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Can Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn reach a satisfactory compromise on Brexit? The two leaders’ positions are not, in fact,…