Alec Marsh

Don’t expect Trump or Clinton to stick around for a second term

6 November 2016 14:00

Whichever unappealing candidate wins the US Presidential election next week, one thing seems to be pretty certain: they are almost certainly going…

Britain should be grateful for its new aircraft carriers. They do still make waves

2 November 2016 16:51

As the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov finally nears the eastern Mediterranean, with a trail of ugly black smoke belching from its…

The loss of his knighthood is the least of Philip Green’s problems

26 October 2016 16:30

The prospect of becoming plain old Mr Green again may be troubling ‘Are-you-staring-at-me’ Sir Philip Green less than we might imagine.  Because compared to the other problems…

Why is Sadiq Khan giving Americans his views on the US election?

19 September 2016 10:35

‘It’s important for those of us who are foreigners to stay out of the US elections.’ So said the mayor…

How better to spend £80 billion: HS2 or a proper British space programme?

11 September 2016 8:30

There is no humbler reminder of Britain’s diminished place in the Universe than the sight of hostile aliens from Mars…

Why fashionable baby names are impossible to avoid

7 September 2016 13:05

The latest official lists of the 100 most popular boys and girls’ names in England and Wales confirm the dominance…

London’s old elite is discovering how it feels to be priced out

4 September 2016 8:30

‘Super-rich foreigners are “forcing” the old money elite out of London’s prime postcodes.’ So declares London’s Evening Standard newspaper –…

‘Honour thy son and thy daughter’ is the new secular commandment

23 August 2016 10:45

Unseemly as the public blood-letting between stand-up comic Joshua Howie and his apparently less-than-absolutely-fabulous mother Lynne Franks undoubtedly is, it…

The wonderful unfairness of the Olympics

19 August 2016 15:26

Does the Olympics medal table reflect more than just sporting prowess? If you take a look at which countries have won…

The government can’t ‘phase out’ Latin from the English language

28 July 2016 9:00

In his essay, Politics and the English Language, George Orwell famously exhorted writers to be cautious of allowing ready words…

The war on Christians is extending into Turkey

19 July 2016 16:02

Turkey’s President Erdogan is already facing international calls to respect human rights in Turkey following last weekend’s failed coup. Now…