The Week

Brace yourself for no deal

24 August 2019 9:00 am

I AM up on the far north-west coast of Scotland, where the weather is changing every five minutes under vast skies…

How did Richard Braine become Dick Braine?

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Name calling Richard Braine was appointed leader of Ukip, leading to jokes about the party being led by a ‘Dick…

Boris is facing his Sparta moment

24 August 2019 9:00 am

The PM’s hero is the Athenian statesman Pericles, and a Periclean crossroads is now approaching. According to the biographer Plutarch,…

Letters: civil servants have ruined our trains

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Travelling in discomfort Sir: I don’t agree with much of what Matthew Parris says these days, but he was spot…

Where’s Boris?

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Before Boris Johnson became Prime Minister there was widespread expectation that his government would be chaotic. It was thought that…

Portrait of the week: All-women cabinets, employment growth and more Hong Kong protests

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, proposed an extra 10,000 prison places and the expansion of stop-and-search powers. PC Stuart…

Rachel Johnson: which political party should I join next?

17 August 2019 9:00 am

I lay low during the ‘season’ as I can’t think what to say to people any more. I went to…

Which country locks up the most people?

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Girls only Polish village Miejsce Odrzanskie was reported not to have had a single boy born in the past decade,…

How Boris’s Roman predecessors took back control

17 August 2019 9:00 am

The Tories, allegedly a ‘one-nation’ party, are currently imposing Brexit on a divided nation. As a result, some Tory MPs…

Letters: Lauren Laverne is a wonderful Desert Island Discs host

17 August 2019 9:00 am

God Sir: In his defence of Christianity (‘Losing our religion’, 10 August), Greg Sheridan writes as if Christianity and religion…

Australian letters

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Please explain Sir: The crux of manmade CO2 causing climate change rests on being able to explain the thermodynamics of…

Trade deals can destroy native industries – but they still boost wealth creation

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Comments by the former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers this week, claiming that Britain will come off poorly in negotiations…

Portrait of the week: US shootings, a dam emergency and a rubbish straw policy at McDonald’s

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Home If the government lost a confidence motion when parliament sits again in September, it could call an election for…

Jacob Rees-Mogg: I’m prejudiced against the Oxford comma

10 August 2019 9:00 am

It is rare that losing a day at Lord’s for a Test match is welcome. I had expected to be…

A Chinook helicopter prepares to drop sandbags onto the dam wall at the Toddbrook reservoir last week (Getty)

Dams, lives and statistics: the worst dam collapses in Britain

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Dams, lives and statistics The town of Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire, was evacuated after heavy rainfall caused the partial collapse of…

How Athenians would have broken the Brexit deadlock

10 August 2019 9:00 am

It is said that our political system is ‘broken’ simply because the passions aroused by Brexit have effectively created a…

Letters: Donkeys are the latest victims of China’s gross cruelty to animals

10 August 2019 9:00 am

We don’t cut God Sir: The Revd Dr Peter Mullen suggests (Letters, 3 August) that Boris Johnson told him my…

If politicians are still in denial about Boris’s Brexit, the currency markets are not

3 August 2019 9:00 am

In his first week as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has shocked those who had assumed that he is a joker…

Portrait of the week: Britain meets its new cabinet

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Home  The Conservatives’ poll ratings went up and the pound went down after a week of the prime ministership of…

Penny Mordaunt: I’m fired. Job done

3 August 2019 9:00 am

I begin the week in Bamako, Mali, with a crackly telephone call to Commodore Dean Bassett, UK Maritime Component Commander…

Persia’s lessons for the PM

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Stanley Johnson suggests his son, the PM, will easily deal with Iran because he is well acquainted with Persian history…

The need for a poll of the people

3 August 2019 9:00 am

The Need For A Poll Of The People, 2 August 1919: ‘It is not to be wondered at that during…

Hot topic: How many of us own fans?

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Growing fanbase A photograph of the Queen meeting Boris Johnson revealed that she uses a Dyson electric fan. How many…

A wasp (insect)

Letters: Leave the wasps alone

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Poppycock Sir: Last week’s lead article (‘Boris begins’, 27 July) suggested that if we leave without a deal, ‘the Johnson…

Australian letters

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Hearing voices Sir: I imagine that John Stone (“Dis-con notes”, July 27) would, like me, have no objections to an…