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The question May’s Brexit deal critics must ask themselves

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Brexit is an accident born of misunderstanding. One of the biggest miscalculations is about the EU and how it works.…

The ‘Islamophobia’ problem

1 December 2018 9:00 am

This is a good time to bury bad news. And sure enough it turns out that a cross-party group of…

The moment Theresa May sealed our Brexit fate

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Theresa May is in Scotland today which is one way of ascertaining the depth of the hole in which she…

Remaining in the EU would come at a big price for Britain

1 December 2018 9:00 am

We’re familiar with the warnings about the cost of Brexit. The ‘People’s Vote’ campaign released an estimate yesterday suggesting that…

Jeremy Corbyn is as deluded about Brexit as Jacob Rees-Mogg

24 November 2018 9:00 am

Now that the coup of the plastic spoons appears to have failed – Jacob Rees-Mogg and his accomplices could not…

The top 40 horrors lurking in the small print of Theresa May’s Brexit deal

24 November 2018 9:00 am

This week, Theresa May’s government teetered on the point of collapse over her proposed Brexit deal. The withdrawal agreement between…

Has Mark Carney just ended the campaign for a ‘People’s Vote’?

24 November 2018 9:00 am

The headlines will inevitably write themselves. The Bank of England backs Theresa May. The Prime Minister’s beleaguered and precarious deal…

Why MPs should back Theresa May’s Brexit deal

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Many things about the politics of Brexit are mystifying. Some are minor puzzles: Why don’t people read the documents they…

The real reason atheists want to be on Thought for the Day

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Oh God. Or maybe not. There’s a letter in the Guardian today from assorted unbelievers asserting their right to a…

The stop and search race myth

17 November 2018 9:00 am

When I was working as a speech writer in the Home Office, under Theresa May, one of her special advisers…

The ECHR’s ruling on defaming Mohammed is bad news for Muslims

10 November 2018 9:00 am

In a monumental irony, the ECHR’s agreement with an Austrian court that offensive comments about the Prophet Mohammed were ‘beyond…

Life after No. 10 is not what David Cameron was hoping for

10 November 2018 9:00 am

It can be cruel, the way politics plays out. At the very moment George Osborne was telling the bemused staff…

What the rise of the Poppy refusenik tells us about Britain

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Is there anyone smugger than the poppy refusenik? I don’t mean people who don’t wear poppies. That’s absolutely fine. Knock…

Should it be illegal to insult Mohammed?

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Should you be allowed to say that the founder of one of the world’s largest religions was a paedophile? According…

How Cameron’s misreading of Merkel led to Brexit

3 November 2018 9:00 am

It is impossible to overstate Angela Merkel’s significance, to Germany, to the EU, and to Britain. Others are better qualified…

The Budget shows the Tories are now fighting on Corbyn’s turf

3 November 2018 9:00 am

When Theresa May announced at this year’s Tory conference that she would put an end to austerity, it’s safe to…

What I learned at the People’s Vote march

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Two beliefs obsess the Remain cause. First, that voters were lied to during the referendum campaign. (Questionable). Second, that the…

The real reason snobs are calling for a Ryanair boycott

27 October 2018 9:00 am

If you had to draw up a list of people and things it is de rigueur to loathe, it would…

Why Leavers should support a border in the Irish Sea

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Would it really be so terrible if there were checks at the Irish Sea instead of at the border between…

France is fracturing but Macron remains in denial

20 October 2018 9:00 am

As chalices go, few are as poisoned as the one Emmanuel Macron has just handed Christophe Castaner. Minister of the…

The problem with hate crime

20 October 2018 9:00 am

It always amazes me that people think it is normal and acceptable to have hate-crime legislation. To have laws which…

Even our MPs are afraid of the transgender mob

20 October 2018 9:00 am

What are MPs thinking? It’s easy to assume, in the age of Twitter, that we know more about the positions…

The word ‘woman’ is under attack

13 October 2018 9:00 am

A confession: when I set off on my journey down the rabbit hole of gender issues, I was a bit…

The audacity of Nicola Sturgeon’s hope

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Patience. Pragmatism. Perseverance. Nationalist leaders do not, as a general rule, use such terms to inspire their troops. Not, at…

The staggering hypocrisy of Hillary Clinton

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Today Hillary Clinton slammed the Tories for failing to join the recent pile-on against Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban. In…