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‘Donald Trump? How can anyone exist and be so dumb?’

15 April 2017 8:00 am

Howard Jacobson talks about his new novel, a hypothetical exploration of the US President’s childhood

The importance of being trolled

25 March 2017 9:00 am

In social media’s strange class system, victimhood belongs to those at the top

My advice to Trump: study President Nixon’s fall

11 February 2017 9:00 am

When I was young my recurring nightmare was that I would die and be reincarnated as a polo pony. I…

Protest and petition all you like. I won't bother listening

4 February 2017 9:00 am

I think on balance I would prefer people to demonstrate their opposition to political developments — Brexit, the forthcoming state…

What was Joseph Goebbels’s secretary really like?

4 February 2017 9:00 am

As if on cue, The World At One on Monday (Radio 4) ended with a short (too short) interview with…

How to put a positive spin on this bizarre year

10 December 2016 9:00 am

This is going to be a positive, optimistic column. I promise. Because, look, let’s be honest, I’ve been a bit…

Happiness is being a Mormon

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Here we go again, my 40th Christmas column in a row, and it seems only two weeks ago that I…

Prepare to tiptoe around generation snowflake in the workplace

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Last week I was asked to give a talk about generation snowflake. This was at a breakfast organised by a…

How Donald Trump found the thermal exhaust port on the liberal Death Star

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Rory Sutherland is vice-chairman of Ogilvy Group UK.

What to eat: Anyone for acid-free snake oil?

22 October 2016 9:00 am

If I were to ask you to name a health problem that affects around seven million people in the UK…

What to eat: Anyone for acid-free snake oil?

22 October 2016 9:00 am

The tradition of charlatans with crackpot theories is nothing new, especially in the world of health, although it wasn’t until…

Supporters of President Erdogan in the aftermath of this summer’s attempted coup

The trouble with Turkey

24 September 2016 9:00 am

I remember an American author once saying she wrote about love and friendship because, after all, these were the fundamental…

Social media, Michael Gove and me

24 September 2016 9:00 am

The publication of private emails by Colin Powell has spread panic in Washington. Now nobody feels safe. Some prominent people…

The gig economy and why steady jobs are more recent than you think

16 July 2016 9:00 am

In the same song where the brilliant lyricist Ian Dury gave the world the couplet, ‘I could be a writer…

Elizabeth Hurley: Facebook rescued my cat

9 July 2016 9:00 am

All hail social media. In January, I lost my beautiful pussycat Mr Mew, and I have spent six long months…

Are we really all curators now?

9 July 2016 9:00 am

In January 1980 Isaac Asimov, writer of ‘hard science fiction’, professor of bio-chemistry and vice-president of Mensa International, penned a…

Dear Mary: what to do with a dinner guest who attends only to her phone?

2 July 2016 9:00 am

Q. The setting was dinner for 16 at one of Europe’s most civilised houses. Sitting on the right of the…

Our sinister, soul-sapping happiness industry

25 June 2016 9:00 am

Ever feel a moment of melancholy? There are many, many apps for that

Am I a Remain roundhead, or a Brexit cavalier?

18 June 2016 9:00 am

My pen hovers — but refuses to touch the postal ballot paper. I pour a drink (I won’t say whether…

Joan Collins: The celebrity trend I just can’t stand

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Not only are today’s young girls having to work hard on their abs, butts and glutes, now the likes of…

Nicholas Soames’s Twitter account is a miracle (and so is his diet)

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Miracles are not ceased. A few years ago, a kindly educational therapist took pity on John Prescott and set out…

The vaping craze isn’t about nicotine. It’s about gadgets

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Probably you never visited the flats of middle-class student drug dealers in the 1990s, because crikey, neither did I, and…

The internet’s war on free speech

14 May 2016 9:00 am

The web was meant to empower us all. Right now, it’s empowering censors

I have seen the future, and it’s a racist, filthy-mouthed teenage robot

2 April 2016 9:00 am

‘I’m a nice person,’ said the robot. ‘I just hate everybody.’ Maybe you know the feeling. The robot in question…

Why Joan Bakewell must be right about anorexia

19 March 2016 9:00 am

You can always tell when a public figure has said something with the ring of truth about it by the…