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Religion is on the decline – yet our society is underpinned by faith

9 September 2017 9:00 am

For Church of England vicars who worry less about what they will preach on Sunday than whether there will be…

Britain’s Brexit team must call Barnier’s bluff

2 September 2017 9:00 am

There is a growing perception that Britain is floundering in its EU negotiations, with a professional team from Brussels running…

GCSE reform is just the halfway point of the schools revolution we need

26 August 2017 9:00 am

George Tomlinson, the post-war education secretary, declared that politicians should leave exams to the teachers because ‘the minister knows nowt…

Donald Trump and America’s identity crisis

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Long before student activists started talking about pulling down statues of Cecil Rhodes, a cultural war was being waged in…

Jeremy Corbyn still cannot bear to condemn his fallen idols in Venezuela

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn finally broke his silence on Venezuela this week, but in the manner of a man who has his…

Is Britain ready for recession? You wouldn’t put money on it

5 August 2017 9:00 am

For anyone considering a career in economic forecasting, the Bank of England’s inflation report for August 2007 ought to be…

Stop playing chicken with Britain’s free-trade future

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Besides being important in themselves, the trade talks between Britain and the United States which began this week are symbolic…

It’s time for the Tories to stop plotting — and let Theresa May govern

22 July 2017 9:00 am

It used to be said that loyalty was the Conservatives’ secret weapon. While other parties might descend into internecine warfare,…

Victory over Isis in Mosul is a conquest to be proud of

15 July 2017 9:00 am

For the title of world’s most benighted city, Mosul takes some beating. Liberated from Saddam Hussein by US forces in…

The quiet successes of Brexit

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Just a few weeks ago, the Conservatives triumphed in the local government elections and Theresa May was hailed as an…

The silver lining from the election? A more united kingdom

1 July 2017 9:00 am

There is unlikely to be much of a legacy from Theresa May’s premiership, which could yet be truncated a short…

Forget ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ — what we need is an open Brexit

24 June 2017 9:00 am

The unexpected outcome of the general election has led some to hope that a weakened government will be forced to…

No, the election was not a rebellion against Brexit – or ‘austerity’

17 June 2017 9:00 am

The lessons to be learned from the Conservatives’ poor showing in the election could fill more pages than the national…

Theresa May has learned the hard way how much she needs the Conservatives

10 June 2017 9:00 am

As if we needed reminding, this past week has shown that the Islamist threat is a truly global problem. In…

May took voters for fools – and she has paid the price

10 June 2017 9:00 am

During the election campaign — or what passed for it — Theresa May would sometimes declare that Britain was facing…

Theresa May’s campaign mistakes... and the hard lessons she must learn

3 June 2017 9:00 am

On the eve of the US presidential election, experts at Princeton university decided that Donald Trump had a 1 per…

A proper discussion about terrorism is the best way to honour Manchester's dead

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Until last week, it was thought that the jihadi threat was subsiding and the security services were increasingly able to…

Is the Trump presidency in its last days?

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Donald Trump has often wrong-footed the media. In last year’s election his campaign seemed to be always on the verge…

The Conservatives are being dragged leftwards

13 May 2017 9:00 am

It would be easy to dismiss Jeremy Corbyn’s launch of the Labour party’s election campaign this week on the grounds…

Britain must get ready to walk away from Brexit negotiations

6 May 2017 9:00 am

If elections were decided on voter enthusiasm rather than on plain numbers, Marine Le Pen would win this weekend’s battle…

Uniting the kingdom

29 April 2017 9:00 am

When launching the Scottish National Party’s election campaign, Nicola Sturgeon said the word ‘Tory’ 20 times in 20 minutes. For…

May’s manifesto

22 April 2017 9:00 am

Never has the Conservative party entered a general election campaign feeling more confident about victory. Much of that confidence is…

How will the EU cope without Britain?

15 April 2017 9:00 am

Many EU officials would like to present the Brexit negotiations as a case of one nervous member, weak at the…

The Tories must regain their lost momentum on social policy

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour party is coming to resemble a drunk trying to get home on a bike.…

For Theresa May, the real fight really does start now

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Most people are glad to see the end of a referendum campaign, but the losing side always wants to keep…