Leading article

The ‘in’ side’s shockingly bad start in the EU referendum campaign

30 January 2016 9:00 am

David Cameron wants to get the European Union referendum over with quickly — and understandably so. Things are still going…

David Miranda arrest: saving lives must come first

23 January 2016 9:00 am

This week brings to a close an absurdly overblown cause célèbre. The Court of Appeal ruled that David Miranda’s detention…

Striking doctors need an injection of realism

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Treatment for that once-virulent condition, the British disease of strikes, has largely been successful. The number of working days lost…

George Osborne has made his own 'dangerous cocktail' of economic risk

9 January 2016 9:00 am

When David Cameron said this week that he is worried his children would not be able to afford to buy…

Why can’t we go Dutch on flood defence?

2 January 2016 9:00 am

As the chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, Lord Deben, observed this week, there is a bizarre dislocation between…

The shocking truth about the English and the Scots: they agree

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Last year, the United Kingdom came within 384,000 votes of destruction. A referendum designed to crush the Scottish nationalists instead…

It is time to join the fight against IS in Syria

5 December 2015 9:00 am

The Islamic State is as monstrous an enemy as we have seen in recent history. It crucifies and decapitates its…

(Photo: Getty)

Osborne's ringfence cycle

28 November 2015 9:00 am

By now, George Osborne had hoped to have completed his austerity programme. Instead, he finds himself making what is, still,…

Europe’s chaos vindicates decisions Britain has made

21 November 2015 9:00 am

To say that the Paris attacks could have happened in Britain is not enough. Such attacks are being attempted here…

We trust our spies. But we shouldn’t trust this bill

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Were David Cameron in any way adept at spin, it would be tempting to think that the publication of the…

The climate summit in Paris will feature a lot of hot air

7 November 2015 9:00 am

The delegates who will gather for the star-studded Paris climate summit include celebrities, presidents and perhaps even the Pope. Among…

Tony Abbott is right about immigration - and turning back boats

29 October 2015 9:00 am

For many years, Australia has been turning away boats filled with migrants. From a remove, this looks cold–hearted — a…

Tearing tax credits away from the working poor is a battle of choice, not necessity

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Just over 30 years ago, Margaret Thatcher’s government decided to look at local government finance. A young aide, John Redwood,…

Britain should not mistake its allies for friends

17 October 2015 8:00 am

It would be hard to dream up a more absurd piece of political satire than an agency of the British…

It's not Tory vs Labour; it's the party of government v the party of protest

10 October 2015 9:00 am

Political party conferences have, in recent years, felt like an empty ritual. They used to be convened in seaside towns,…

(Photo: Getty)

Will Spain learn from Scotland in the battle for Catalan separatism?

3 October 2015 8:00 am

One of the unforeseen consequences of the reunification of Europe after the Cold War has been a resurgence of independence…

The people who really need the Pope's help

26 September 2015 8:00 am

On Tuesday, Pope Francis set foot in the United States for the first time in his life. His plane touched…

The Tories must move quickly to recruit ex-Labour voters. Here's how

19 September 2015 8:00 am

David Cameron might not be remembered as the best prime minister in modern British history but he will probably be…

On drone strikes, David Cameron is repeating Tony Blair’s big mistake

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Not even Jeremy Corbyn lamented the death of Reyaad Khan, who was killed by an RAF drone in Syria after…

Queen Elizabeth the great

5 September 2015 9:00 am

That the Queen has lived to become our longest-reigning monarch — a milestone which she will mark quietly with a…

George Osborne has bet the house (and other people's houses) on there being no new crash

29 August 2015 9:00 am

When George Osborne visited Sweden, Finland and Denmark  the stock markets of each country promptly fell by about 5 per…

At last, Britain can have its shale gas revolution

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Over the past week, the government has finally made a decisive move to kickstart a fracking industry in Britain. Licences…

To defend the NHS, stop health tourism

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Speaking after the Stafford hospital scandal in 2010, the then newly appointed Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, grandly announced plans for…

Edward Heath conducting the annual carol concert at the Grand Ballroom, Broadstairs, Kent in 1963. (Photo: Erich Auerbach/Hulton Archive/Getty)

Edward Heath and a very modern witch-hunt

8 August 2015 9:00 am

There was a grim inevitability that the name Edward Heath would one day be trawled up in connection with allegations…

Look beyond the Sewel video: the House of Lords still works

1 August 2015 9:00 am

The shaming of Lord Sewel was a classic tabloid exposé. The fact that a peer of the realm (albeit one…