The Week

Treating oil companies as pariahs will kill off any green revolution

18 January 2020 9:00 am

When fossil fuel divestment was merely a gesture by universities, the Church of England and the Prince of Wales it…

Portrait of the week: Harry and Meghan quit, America avoids war and the Labour leadership race begins

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Home The Queen agreed to ‘a period of transition’ during which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would spend time…

I was joking about Meghan and Harry becoming king and queen of Canada

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Washington, D.C. On 8 January, I tweeted about the Sussex-Markles: ‘Obviously the plan is to return to Canada, lead a…

How can Harry and Meghan cash in?

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Royal flush The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have registered the trademark ‘Sussex Royal’ as part of their plan to…

Does ‘equality’ mean the same to Rebecca Long-Bailey as it did to Plato?

18 January 2020 9:00 am

The candidates battling for the leadership of the Labour party never stop banging on about ‘social justice’ and ‘equality’. But…

Letters: I was once on Prince Harry’s side. Not any more

18 January 2020 9:00 am

On child care Sir: Your recent editorial deplores, among other things, the cost of child care, to which you attribute…

A big Tory majority. So where are the Conservative policies?

11 January 2020 9:00 am

What is the point of a Conservative majority? The answer might once have been to implement Conservative policies. But now…

Portrait of the week: Crisis in Iran, fires in Australia and Manchester rapist jailed

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Home Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, who had not been told in advance of America’s killing in Iraq of Qassem…

Judge Boris by what he does, not how he does it

11 January 2020 9:00 am

The night before our last issue went to press, I received a message from the Prime Minister saying that he…

Is a double-barrelled surname still posh?

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Lock, stock and double barrels In Rebecca Long Bailey, who sometimes hyphenates her name and sometimes doesn’t, the Labour party…

What difference will ‘weirdos and misfits’ make to the civil service?

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Dominic Cummings has written a modest blog inviting mathematicians, physicists, AI specialists and other experts to help him revolutionise the…

Letters: Roger Scruton and the meaning of life

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Wonder and gratitude Sir: Roger Scruton, in a very personal and moving portrait of his year (‘My Strange Year’, 21…

Letters

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Culling camels Sir: Re: the proposed culling of over ten thousand wild camels in the outback. For some years now,…

Democracy redux: the lessons of 2019

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Britain’s parliamentary democracy is easily mocked: the medievalisms, the men in tights, the ayes to the right. But it has…

Portrait of the year: From May to a December election

21 December 2019 9:00 am

January ‘If parliament backs a deal, Britain can turn a corner,’ Theresa May, the Prime Minister, said. The Commons defeated…

Boris Johnson: Perhaps my campaign was ‘clunking’. But sometimes, clunking is what you need

21 December 2019 9:00 am

You may wonder why I am up at 4.45 a.m. writing this diary when I have a country to run, Queen’s…

What did psychics predict was going to happen in 2019?

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Bah humbug Some of the things reported to have been banned this Christmas: — Mulled wine banned from being sold…

It’s science, not protest, that will save the planet

21 December 2019 9:00 am

One might expect that the challenge of climate change would encourage many young people to take up Stem (science, technology,…

A coalowner on coal

21 December 2019 9:00 am

From 16 June 1866: Mr Stanley Jevons, Mr Mill, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer are all agreed that there is…

Letters: Should conservatives be worried that high-spending Boris has a majority?

21 December 2019 9:00 am

My father’s imprisonment Sir: Harald Maass’s piece on the plight of Uyghurs in China (‘A cultural genocide’, December 14) captures…

Politics has fractured along new fault lines – those elected must repair the cracks

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Boris Johnson stood for party leader as a One Nation Tory, he fought the campaign as a One Nation Tory…

Portrait of the week: Trains stop, a volcano erupts and the nation goes to the polls

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Home The nation went to the polls. Engineering works compounded the misery of passengers on the South Western Railway where…

Andrew Sullivan: The evidence against Trump is overwhelming

14 December 2019 9:00 am

When people ask me what the mood is in DC these days, the only word I can come up with…

How common are volcanic eruptions?

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Volcanic eruptions At least six people were killed when White Island, a volcano off New Zealand’s North Island, erupted. How…

Letters: Why have the Conservatives decided Chesterfield is a lost cause?

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Given up on Chesterfield? Sir: Matthew Parris makes some interesting and accurate points about growing Tory support in the north…