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The Tory divide that May must bridge

3 March 2018 9:00 am

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Every time Conservative Leavers speak up demanding a clean break…

The word ‘extremist’ has lost all meaning

3 March 2018 9:00 am

A few years ago, in these pages, Matthew Parris defined Ukip as a party of extremists. Perhaps one of his…

It’s not all Twitter mobs – the internet can be a force for good

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Few readerships of any intelligent national magazine will be more alive to the perils and downsides of 21st–century cyber-life than…

The all give and no take of US taxes

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Last week, the New York Times ran a very un-New-York-Times-y article, ‘Resentment Grows Over Who Gets Health Care Aid’. It…

Running a bank’s tough. That’s no reason to start handing capital back

3 March 2018 9:00 am

A mixed bag of annual results from the big banks. RBS, still 73 per cent owned by the taxpayer, recorded…

This Traveller funeral was the most emotional send-off I’ve ever been to

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Bev died, aged 61. She was the wife of ‘Foxy’ John, kennel huntsman of our local hunt. Bev was the…

The Tories’ real dilemma? To spend or not to spend

24 February 2018 9:00 am

While the rest of the country waits for this spring to arrive, in Westminster the talk is all of spring…

Why are businesses like Center Parcs so terrified of a small minority?

24 February 2018 9:00 am

I am boycotting Center Parcs. Admittedly, this is not going to have an enormous impact upon my life. It’s a…

Even being pro-Trump didn’t lose me as many friends as being pro-Brexit

24 February 2018 9:00 am

When I mentioned on social media recently that I’d lost friends because of Brexit, I was quite surprised by the…

Investors were right to sell Carillion shares when they spotted trouble ahead

24 February 2018 9:00 am

The fallout from Carillion’s bankruptcy spreads in slow motion — just as the outsourcing and construction giant’s finances gradually stretched…

Oxfam is the Harvey Weinstein of aid

17 February 2018 9:00 am

The Queen is Head of the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth is headquartered in London, in the splendour of Marlborough House. The…

There can be no Brexit deal without Tory unity

17 February 2018 9:00 am

In a hung parliament, recess takes on a particular importance for the government. It is a chance for ministers to…

There’s a reason women sell roof tiles in hotpants

17 February 2018 9:00 am

I would rather watch flies buzzing around a light bulb for two hours than Formula 1. At least the flies…

I miss Auberon Waugh. He’d know what to say about relentless women’s issues

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Every now and then one suddenly misses somebody. I miss Bron, who died 17 years ago last month. There’s an…

Why not ban artists who forget to feed their cats or recycle?

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Sometimes a picture — the big picture — is worth more than a thousand words. Consider this Art vs Artist,…

Could the Serious Fraud Office put an end to Barclays as we know it?

17 February 2018 9:00 am

The Serious Fraud Office has upped the stakes in the case of the controversial $3 billion Qatari financing that saved…

Women’s suffrage was just part of a huge shift in the idea of who should vote

10 February 2018 9:00 am

A reader writes: ‘In my last letter, I called you a numbskull. However I should have qualified this with “sometimes you…

Brexit belongs to the Tories — whether they like it or not

10 February 2018 9:00 am

The Tory party is the party of Brexit, whether it likes it or not. The referendum was called by a…

Sometimes men deserve to be paid more

10 February 2018 9:00 am

It is 100 years since women got the vote and I have been joining in the celebrations, on public transport…

There is no housing crisis. It would be easier if there were

10 February 2018 9:00 am

The problem is not a lack of homes, but a skewed market

Extreme pain, of the purest intensity, changes everything

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Since my pulmonary embolism a couple of years ago, I have become something of a connoisseur of pain. The agony…

Falling US shares tell us only that investors were too excited in January

10 February 2018 9:00 am

If you were the incoming or retiring chairman of the Federal Reserve, you might be quietly pleased to see stock…

Conservatives gave women the vote – but you won’t be reminded of this

3 February 2018 9:00 am

A hundred years ago on Tuesday, King George V assented to the Representation of the People Act. Women got the…

I wanted Ted Cruz to be President, but Donald Trump is working

3 February 2018 9:00 am

In London last week I had the opportunity to talk about President Donald Trump with several politically mature friends. Most…

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Stop trying to make football perfect: it’s the errors that make it fun

3 February 2018 9:00 am

They’ve got this new thing in football. It’s called the Video Assistant Referee and it is designed to make the…