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Michael Wolff said the US needed a market-charming president: now it has one

13 January 2018 9:00 am

I once commissioned Michael Wolff —currently the world’s most talked-about journalist as the author of the White House exposé Fire…

Why cryptocurrency is the answer

6 January 2018 9:00 am

The craze for cryptocurrency can be explained by a host of factors: the allure of getting rich quick; the attraction…

Nine reasons to be cheerful this year

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Since it’s the first week of the New Year I’m going to pretend the bad stuff isn’t happening and focus…

In defence of that £110 million bonus for the boss of Persimmon builders

6 January 2018 9:00 am

New Year’s Eve was certainly a day for celebration in the household of 53-year-old Jeff Fairburn, chief executive of the…

Are we morally better people than our ancestors?

16 December 2017 9:00 am

The doctrine of progress implies that things get better. This is clearly true in terms of scientific knowledge, though not…

The age of volatility

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Every year in British politics seems to be more surprising than the last. Few predicted in 2015 that the Conservatives…

And now for Graham Norton’s next guest... Adolf Hitler!

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Having thoroughly enjoyed Graham Norton’s recent forensic cross-examination of Hillary Clinton on BBC1, I’m thrilled that the corporation intends to…

How can any intelligent person have faith?

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Ten years ago, I had a strange debate about faith with a famous Jesuit and an agnostic psychoanalyst in a…

Leave Brexit alone and get on with governing

16 December 2017 9:00 am

I return often to Cambridge and was there recently. Julian Glover, my partner, was talking to the History Society at…

A purity test for artists is the end of art

16 December 2017 9:00 am

However we keep ourselves amused over the holidays this year, two sources of entertainment are off the docket. Amid the…

Poking fun at the royals is good for the monarchy

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Isn’t Meghan fabulous? Hasn’t she totally brought the monarchy into the 21st century? Doesn’t she make Kate look like such…

Instead of schmoozing at City parties, this year I’m Sarah the Cook in panto

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Last Christmas I offered you a cruel satire about a boardroom big-shot whose career went so awry that he ended…

The DUP is quite likely to cave in over ‘regulatory alignment’. Here’s why they should not

9 December 2017 9:00 am

I’m afraid I have a deep faith in the Democratic Unionist Party’s capacity to cede an issue of principle in…

If Damian Green lied about looking at porn, I don’t blame him one bit

9 December 2017 9:00 am

I first viewed pornography at the age of 12, when a school friend showed me a magazine called, I think,…

How I learned to stop worrying and love the monarchy

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Prince Harry does not exist and soon Meghan Markle will cease to exist too. None of the royal family exist.…

The skulking assassins of the London Stock Exchange

9 December 2017 9:00 am

The revenge tragedy at the London Stock Exchange whose plot I outlined last month has reached its third act, but…

The Tories’ fate is in their own hands

2 December 2017 9:00 am

How will the Tory party remember 2017? Will it be the year it lost its majority, alienated key sections of…

Meghan Markle ticks almost every modern box. Let’s not pretend she’s a tough sell

2 December 2017 9:00 am

We are congratulating ourselves and the royal family on overcoming prejudice by welcoming Meghan Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry. But…

Raising awareness for enraged ‘victims’ always ends in lunacy

2 December 2017 9:00 am

The deaf are beginning to annoy me. They seem, paradoxically, more voluble than the blind. Perhaps this is because, understandably,…

If you voted Remain, you’ll never ‘get’ Trump

2 December 2017 9:00 am

How do you defend Donald Trump without coming across like a rabid lunatic? This was my challenge as the only…

This £50 billion EU ‘divorce bill’ is more like a ransom

2 December 2017 9:00 am

A  ‘bill’ is not commonly subject to negotiation. It arrives after a customer has contracted for the purchase of goods…

A sensible Budget and stronger banks – what could go wrong?

2 December 2017 9:00 am

One week you’re fighting to survive the dance-off amid vicious backstage rivalries, the next you’re scoring a perfect ten from…

The Queen and Prince Philip’s 70th anniversary party sounds glorious

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Windsor Castle on Monday night sounds like a children’s party magnified. The rooms were filled with golden-leaved trees. A giant…

The Irish stance against Brexit is a dangerous gamble

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Never has a European Council been so important to a British prime minister as this December’s is to Theresa May.…

Divorce is a disaster. Don’t let’s make it easier

25 November 2017 9:00 am

I went to Relate once, the counselling service formerly known as the National Marriage Guidance Council. I wasn’t married at…