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The humiliating end to Leanne Wood’s Plaid Cymru leadership

6 October 2018 9:00 am

‘The morning had been golden; the noontide was bronze; and the evening lead.’ So said Churchill about the career of…

J.K. Rowling and the darkness on the left

29 September 2018 9:00 am

You rarely come across a character in modern literature like Jimmy Knight. He’s a racist, but that’s not what makes…

The dreadful state of British politics

29 September 2018 9:00 am

Conference season always shows our political parties at their worst. It would be a kindness if these things were not…

What is motivating Macron’s self-destructive Brexit position?

29 September 2018 9:00 am

As France prepared to go to the polls in the Spring of 2017, it was already probable that Emmanuel Macron…

Donald Trump is a free trade hero

22 September 2018 9:00 am

President Trump has stated on numerous occasions that he wants to increase trade. Under his wise rule, he assures us,…

What happens when Steve Bannon is given a platform?

22 September 2018 9:00 am

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the interesting question of whether or not the former chief strategist to…

How John McDonnell wooed Mumsnet

22 September 2018 9:00 am

As so often these days, if you want real political insight, go to Mumsnet. In a web chat there today,…

Serena Williams isn’t the victim of sexism – she’s just a sore loser

15 September 2018 9:00 am

Serena Williams’s epic tantrum in last night’s US Open final wasn’t a noble stand against racism or sexism. It wasn’t…

The new Swedish lesson: populism can be kept at bay by listening to voters

15 September 2018 9:00 am

The world’s press was all geared up to write “Rabble-rousing Sweden Democrat breakthrough” but Sweden’s voters have not obliged. The…

Why an insurgent Remain could win a second vote

15 September 2018 9:00 am

Cold calculation suggests there won’t be a second referendum. It could destroy both the Tory and Labour parties, and in…

The pointlessness of banning Bannon

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Under David Remnick’s editorship, the New Yorker has become stronger than ever during a period where many titles have collapsed.…

How Caroline Lucas fell foul of the transgender thought police

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Last week, it emerged that Linda Bellos, veteran feminist of the Old Left, faces legal action for having said the…

Emmanuel Macron holds Britain’s Brexit fate in his hands

8 September 2018 9:00 am

C.S. Forester, creator of Hornblower, a great student of Anglo-French relations, wrote a now often overlooked exhortative novel titled Death…

Who will speak for the working class? Everyone, apart from the working class

1 September 2018 9:00 am

It’s funny how the new left’s rule against speaking on behalf of groups to which you do not belong never…

If Pope Francis resigns it could tear the Catholic Church apart

1 September 2018 9:00 am

The allegation by a former senior Vatican diplomat that Pope Francis vigorously covered up sex abuse is looking more credible…

The real lesson of a Swedish deportation protest

1 September 2018 9:00 am

A few weeks ago I wrote in this space about the case of Elin Ersson. She is the young Swedish…

Trump’s presidency has imploded – in less than two years

25 August 2018 9:00 am

This is the beginning of the end of the Donald Trump presidency. The double whammy of Michael Cohen, his former…

The fury of the stop Brexit mob has finally been explained

25 August 2018 9:00 am

At last they’ve found a name for it. A name for the meltdown that has occurred in certain political circles…

Is it a crime to say ‘women don’t have penises’?

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Is it now a crime to say “women don’t have penises”? A police force and a City mayor seem to…

What happened to Je Suis Charlie, Prime Minister?

18 August 2018 9:00 am

On January 11 2015, I was one of two million people who marched slowly and silently through Paris to honour…

The myth of Jeremy Corbyn, a kind and gentle man

18 August 2018 9:00 am

I am relaxed about Jeremy Corbyn being thicker than mince but draw the line at the assumption, all too evidently…

Is the BBC scared of the transgender debate?

18 August 2018 9:00 am

I like the BBC. I like the idea of a national broadcaster and I like a lot of BBC output.…

As a Muslim woman, I’d like to thank Boris Johnson for calling out the niqab

11 August 2018 9:00 am

As a Muslim woman observing Islam, I am fully supportive of Boris Johnson’s rejection of the niqab. And I wonder…

Jeremy Corbyn and the cynical tactics of the left

11 August 2018 9:00 am

It is August, so perhaps it is inevitable that parts of the left are getting somewhat over-heated. But it can’t…

Another £43bn for HS2?How about some austerity instead

11 August 2018 9:00 am

There is a big glaring problem for anyone trying to accuse the government of ‘austerity’ – a charge that is…