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Should we be sad or happy that the pound has buckled?

10 August 2019 9:00 am

A wave to the FT team whose weekend feature on how the pound has been hit by fears of no…

What would you save, Marmite or the planet?

3 August 2019 9:00 am

In his very long letter to Jeremy Corbyn about why, after all, he will stay out of the Labour party…

Boris may end up delivering Corbyn

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Alastair Campbell has written a longish ‘open’ letter to Jeremy Corbyn, helpfully explaining why he has decided not to contest…

I’ve started talking like a hardline Leaver

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Our involuntary responses know us better than we know ourselves. As I left King Charles Street in Whitehall last week…

All money is dirty – but it can still be used for good

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Whitney museum: no space for profiteers of state violence // dismantle patriarchy // warren kanders must go! // supreme injustice…

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak (Getty)

Why Rishi Sunak is the one to watch in parliament

3 August 2019 9:00 am

‘Turbocharging’: sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Two weeks ago, I noted that our incoming PM had deployed this power-word — with…

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The conviction of ‘Nick’ shows the evil behind McCarthyism

27 July 2019 9:00 am

‘No great surprise’ headlined the BBC television news on Tuesday lunchtime. The BBC does not admit it now, but it…

The Lib Dem revival could be the Tories’ best hope of winning an election

27 July 2019 9:00 am

When the leadership result was announced, Jeremy Corbyn’s keyboard warriors swung into action. Behold, they said: a new party leader…

We’ve made morons of our police force

27 July 2019 9:00 am

I never believed Carl Beech’s allegations that he had suffered multiple depravities, including sexual abuse, at the hands of various…

God, I hate wasps!

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Halfway up the back stairs on a ledge is the body of a wasp so big it’s either a queen…

Jin Xing, one of China’s most popular talk show hosts and a trans woman (Getty)

Is China really the enemy?

27 July 2019 9:00 am

China is a nation with values deeply at odds with the West. The Chinese spy, steal and bully. They don’t…

Has the gin craze reached its zenith?

27 July 2019 9:00 am

The list of business leaders who have damaged their careers with a single word famously begins with Gerald Ratner, who…

What would Jane Austen say about Debrett's going digital?

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Seventy-five years ago on Saturday, the July plot failed. Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg placed a bomb in a briefcase…

Will ‘chairman Boris’ revive cabinet government?

20 July 2019 9:00 am

It has become something of a tradition in British politics: an incoming prime minister promises to restore proper cabinet government.…

The ethnicity pay gap just doesn’t add up

20 July 2019 9:00 am

I suppose it was a bit naive to wander on to Newsnight having been booked to talk about Brexit and…

Leaving the EU won’t stop the Remain struggle

20 July 2019 9:00 am

My voice is often recognised by people who don’t know me. My face, which is unmemorable, less so. But once…

The best response to hate speech is free speech

20 July 2019 9:00 am

There’s a broad mainstream consensus on both sides of the Atlantic: Trump’s tweet telling four hard-left minority Congresswomen to ‘go…

Should we all be alarmed by Boris?

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Back when Boris Johnson was editor of this magazine and MP for Henley, I was with him at a Tory…

Kim Darroch speaks at the British Embassy in Washington to mark Donald Trump’s inaugura-tion (Getty)

Sir Kim Darroch failed to recognise Trump’s communicative genius

13 July 2019 9:00 am

When I last talked to Sir Kim Darroch, he was a slim young private secretary, so it was a long…

The most important decision that Boris has to make

13 July 2019 9:00 am

After being backed by a majority of Tory MPs, Boris Johnson now looks set to win over party members by…

End this hate speech against my community

13 July 2019 9:00 am

I am a football fan. Each fortnight I go to watch my club and, like the overwhelming majority of the…

My daughter’s gone to Magaluf, and it’s hard not to worry

13 July 2019 9:00 am

At the Leavers’ Ball held to mark our daughter’s last day at boarding school, there were only two topics of…

Deutsche Bank is a parable for our mad modern era

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Among the numbers attached to the restructuring of Deutsche Bank announced by Chief Executive Christian Sewing this week, the 18,000…

Thankfully, the world is waking up to the threat of China

6 July 2019 9:00 am

The Cabinet Secretary, Sir Mark Sedwill, is offering to meet Jeremy Corbyn about the Times story last week which reported…

Revealed: Tom Watson’s secret plan to oust Jeremy Corbyn

6 July 2019 9:00 am

The phrase ‘existential crisis’ is thrown around too easily. But it is hard to find a better description of the…