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It’s not just Scotland’s drugs shame – it’s Britain’s

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Twenty years ago, the Scottish parliament was reconvened after a lapse of almost three centuries. The logic for devolution was…

The Tories can profit from Labour panic

13 July 2019 9:00 am

In some alternative universe the Labour party, as under Tony Blair in the mid 1990s, is busily preparing for government,…

The Hong Kong protesters deserve Britain’s full support

6 July 2019 9:00 am

When the tanks were rolling into Tiananmen Square and the Cold War hadn’t yet formally come to an end, it…

Britain will soon have to pick a side in the US-Iran spat

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Crises in the Gulf and Conservative leadership elections come around with unnerving regularity. It is not unknown for both to…

The Tory party has no choice but to bet on Boris

22 June 2019 9:00 am

When Boris Johnson was appointed editor of this magazine two decades ago, an unkind soul said it was like ‘entrusting…

The leadership contest exposes how few Tories have a clue about the economy

15 June 2019 9:00 am

‘Choice’ is a word that is used liberally in Conservative thinking — whether it be about schools, hospitals or consumer…

Playing chicken: Trade deals with the US will make Britain stronger

8 June 2019 8:00 am

Why is it that free trade, which almost everyone agrees is good when conducted with other European countries, suddenly becomes…

The Trump card: We should welcome Donald Trump's visit – and treat him as a friend

1 June 2019 9:00 am

The day after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Donald Trump arrived by helicopter at Turnberry, his golf course…

The end of May: Theresa must go so the Tories can heal

25 May 2019 9:00 am

This week’s European election was always going to be pointless, at least from a British perspective. It is possible that…

The truth about British inequality? It has very little to do with income

18 May 2019 9:00 am

This week the Institute for Fiscal Studies announced a five-year study into inequality in Britain, to be led by the…

A royal baby reminds us why the monarchy matters

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Strictly in terms of its implications for the succession, the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son this…

The Tories are giving a masterclass in how to lose elections

4 May 2019 9:00 am

When a political party is in trouble, we see infighting, leak inquiries, resignations, mass loss of council seats, dismissals and…

How not to fight a war on terror

27 April 2019 9:00 am

It has become commonplace to describe terror attacks as ‘senseless’. The horrific Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, which cost…

Hope will rise out of the ashes of Notre Dame

20 April 2019 9:00 am

‘Great edifices, like great mountains, are the work of centuries,’ wrote Victor Hugo in Notre-Dame de Paris. ‘The man, the…

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It’s vital to keep good relations with our EU allies – and we need a leader who’s up to the challenge

13 April 2019 9:00 am

The European Union’s official goal — an ever-closer union of people — remains its single most attractive feature. Our continent…

If the EU refuses an extension, voters want a no-deal Brexit. MPs should listen

6 April 2019 9:00 am

One of the many tragedies of Theresa May’s premiership is that, having come up with a coherent policy on how…

The absurdity of censoring anti-vaxxers

30 March 2019 9:00 am

It is not hard to make the case that vaccination programmes have been one of the greatest contributions to mankind…

The Conservative Party bears the most blame for the Brexit mess

23 March 2019 9:00 am

For many people, next Friday was supposed to be a celebration. Boris Johnson spoke about an ‘independence day’ marking the…

The Tories are squandering the opportunity of Brexit

14 March 2019 9:00 am

In all the madness of the Brexit voting, it’s easy to forget that Philip Hammond revealed a mini-Budget this week. Even…

If Cox wins his Brexit compromise, MPs should vote for May’s deal

9 March 2019 9:00 am

It is becoming painfully clear that on Tuesday the House of Commons will be asked to vote on an EU…

Who will safeguard our democracy if local news dies?

2 March 2019 9:00 am

The announcement this week that Capital, Heart and Smooth radio are cutting back their local news shows might not in…

Female unemployment has just hit an all-time low. So yes, Britain is working

23 February 2019 9:00 am

At any other time, news that Honda intends to close its Swindon plant in two years’ time with the loss…

The EU and UK are one sentence away from a Brexit deal. Why the games?

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Even the most fervent Brexiteer would have to admit to being impressed at the cohesion and chutzpah of the European…

Why David Harding’s £100 million Cambridge donation might save capitalism

9 February 2019 9:00 am

The British are said to be among the most generous people on earth. When it comes to ordinary people scraping…

After Huawei, can we trust Chinese tech?

2 February 2019 9:00 am

The world is a better place for China’s emergence from behind the bamboo curtain where it hid for half a…