Leading article

The Tories are now the party of the many — Labour is the party of the few

2 May 2015 9:00 am

When election day dawns, it’s worth bearing in mind that two million more people will be going to work than when…

Cameron is the only leader who can deliver an EU referendum. Why is he ashamed to say so?

25 April 2015 9:00 am

The election campaign is becoming increasingly dominated by a small party whose raison d’être is to preach independence from membership…

Cameron led calls to remove Gaddafi. Why is he silent on Libya's drowning refugees?

18 April 2015 9:00 am

One Friday, 28 people were rescued by the Italian coastguard when the boat on which they were fleeing Libya capsized in…

Won't somebody please try to win this election?

11 April 2015 9:00 am

The age of two-party politics is over: we know that because everyone keeps saying so. We are entering an era…

Why aren’t the Tories winning?

4 April 2015 9:00 am

When launching the Conservatives’ campaign this week, David Cameron told party activists that the general election was ‘on a knife…

How to fix our defence budget mess

28 March 2015 9:00 am

With the exception of 1983, when Michael Foot promised unilateral nuclear disarmament, defence has played little role in modern election…

The Conservatives should be the party of immigrants — and here’s how they can be

21 March 2015 9:00 am

For a long while, the Conservatives have been puzzled about their lack of popularity among immigrants. In theory, the Conservative…

James McAvoy is wrong – the arts are better off without subsidy

14 March 2015 9:00 am

The season of cringe-making acceptance speeches at arts awards ceremonies is nearly over, thank heavens. But it hasn’t passed without…

If you really love the NHS, you know it needs to change

7 March 2015 9:00 am

To adapt Aeschylus’s aphorism on war and truth, the first casualty in a general election campaign is objectivity. Over the…

The real problem with our MPs: they’re obsessed with the super-rich

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Had the public been asked, before Monday morning, to identify two MPs who stood for honesty and decency, the names…

Let Greece leave the eurozone

21 February 2015 9:00 am

To listen to Greek government ministers addressing the outside world during their breaks from negotiations with eurozone leaders this week,…

In this election, won't someone please weaponise defence?

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Britain is forfeiting its position on the world stage. With no national debate, we are surrendering our claim to be…

Proof that the schools revolution isn’t over

7 February 2015 9:00 am

For those who assumed that the removal of Michael Gove as Education Secretary marked the end of the Conservatives’ scholastic…

Calling the Green party socialist is an insult to socialists

31 January 2015 9:00 am

The Green party has been likened to a watermelon: green on the outside and red on the inside. But that…

Don't believe the gloom-mongers: deflation will be good for Britain

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Campaigning in Putney in 1978, Mrs Thatcher famously took out a pair of scissors and cut a pound note down…

David Cameron has a very strange idea of freedom

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Last Sunday, David Cameron marched through Paris in solidarity, so it seemed, with those who stand up for free speech.…

The attack on Charlie Hebdo is an attack on freedom

10 January 2015 9:00 am

The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo lambasts, attacks and lampoons absolutely everybody. Its targets include all religions, all identity groups,…

What David Cameron must do to win (properly this time)

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Almost exactly five years ago, the Conservatives fired the starting gun for a general election — and shot themselves in…

Why do the Liberal Democrats see the over-65s as a "time bomb"?

13 December 2014 9:00 am

We are living longer, healthier and more prosperous lives than ever — it’s one of the greatest advances of our…

George Osborne's ambition deficit

6 December 2014 9:00 am

When George Osborne first became Chancellor, he asked to be judged on his ability to reduce the deficit. He does…

Playing chicken with Vladimir Putin

29 November 2014 9:00 am

An official end to the Cold War was declared at a summit between President George H. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev…

Spare us a Bob?

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Anyone listening to the BBC this week could be forgiven for thinking that the musician Bob Geldof had just emerged…

Thank heavens for Justin Welby!

15 November 2014 9:00 am

For decades, interventions of the Archbishop of Canterbury in national debate were like a sporadic bombardment of small pebbles against…

Say no to devolution without democracy

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Imagine if, in one of her first acts as First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon announced that, in spite of…

How to fight Ukip

1 November 2014 9:00 am

In the 2005 general election this magazine supported the Conservatives, with one exception — we urged voters in Medway not to…