Hugo Rifkind

Hugo Rifkind is a writer for the Times.

The best thing about Brexit? None of it is my fault

29 March 2017 12:34

Brexit Britain fills me with calm. Six weeks on, there’s no point pretending otherwise. Losing is far better than winning.…

Why is Nicola Sturgeon so cagey about Scotland’s EU future?

26 March 2017 8:30

It’s important to keep an ear out for the rhetoric of Britain’s remaining Remain parties, because they are changing, too. Having…

Jean-Claude Juncker is the worst thing about being a Remainer

25 March 2017 12:00

The best thing about being a Remainer is obviously the dinner parties, where we all sit around being incredibly well-heeled…

Our prisons are a mess – and Amazon’s ‘bumphone’ reviews reveal why

20 March 2017 13:14

On the Amazon page that sells the world’s smallest mobile phone, the reviews are mainly about putting it into your…

Sir John Major is a model former Prime Minister

5 March 2017 10:00

Sir John Major does political intervention just right, doesn’t he? Never mind what he actually says. Once a year, twice…

Nigel Farage isn’t trying to smash the establishment. He’s aching to join it

4 March 2017 12:03

If the British establishment really wants to troll Ukip, then I suppose it ought to give Douglas Carswell a knighthood…

In defence of 2016

30 December 2016 9:00

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

Brexit has ruined my case against Scottish independence

30 October 2016 10:26

I can feel my views on Scottish independence changing. Not enough to write a column about it, perhaps, but enough…

Is that a bomb in your pocket? Or a Russian spy? Or both?

12 October 2016 11:13

This is an extract from Hugo Rifkind’s column in the new issue of The Spectator, out tomorrow. Remember how much…

Theresa May’s love of class politics shows she’s no heir to Blair

2 October 2016 8:57

One of the professional drawbacks of coming from Scotland and then moving to London is that I don’t really know…

Are Apple disrupting the tax system?

30 August 2016 20:41

Reading this week about the European Commission’s verdict that Apple should pay €13 billion in back taxes to Ireland (even…

What should we call Theresa May’s acolytes?

20 August 2016 9:00

What, though, are we to call the followers or policies of Theresa May? Assuming, obviously, that there one day are…

I was caught smoking a rollie in Chevening. What will Boris & co get up to?

23 July 2016 8:00

Chevening, the stately home in Kent henceforth to be shared by David Davis, Liam Fox and Boris Johnson — and…

Hand over £25, or the centre-left gets it

20 July 2016 13:31

In order to become a ‘registered supporter’ of the Labour party, you first have to disclose whether you’re a member…

Lariam and my six months of madness

29 May 2016 14:48

I once went mad in Africa and it was no fun at all. I was snorkelling off the coast of…

Maybe Playboy should stop publishing articles, too

13 October 2015 17:10

I’m enchanted by the news that Playboy magazine is to stop publishing pictures of naked women, because it can’t compete with the…

Jeremy Corbyn is not an anti-Semite but he is reaping what he sowed

18 August 2015 18:24

People keep asking me if I think Jeremy Corbyn is anti-Semitic. I don’t. Or at least I think it’s vanishingly…

The world belongs to Taylor Swift now. There will be no free-trial period

23 June 2015 17:46

All hail Taylor Swift. How she must give baby boomers the fear. Not just baby boomers. Also those who came…

Trying to ban legal highs? Expect a bad trip

27 May 2015 14:48

Keep an eye on the government’s ban on legal highs. The Conservative ­manifesto pledged to outlaw all the horrible chemicals…

If the SNP doesn’t hate the English, why do so many of its supporters behave as if they do?

6 May 2015 16:48

You get bad losers in politics and bad winners, too, but it’s surely a rare business to get a bad…

Like it or not, Russell Brand is the future of media (Ed Miliband seems to like it)

28 April 2015 19:03

I write at a difficult time. The balls are in the air, but we know not where they will land.…

Labour’s most shameful mug? It has to be Diane Abbott

30 March 2015 16:30

This is an extract from Hugo Rifkind’s column in the next issue of The Spectator, out on Thursday: The Labour…

The A&E crisis must be all my fault, obviously

7 January 2015 8:35

A preview of Hugo Rifkind’s column in this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow… Oh, I see. So it’s my fault. There…

You shouldn’t watch Dapper Laughs. But you really shouldn’t let the likes of me stop you.

11 November 2014 17:12

In an extract from this week’s Spectator, Hugo Rifkind finds himself defending the comedian Dapper Laughs… As you’ll know by now, I’m…

This Halloween, say no to American pumpkins and yes to British turnips

31 October 2014 18:42

Possibly you’ve missed this. However, for the last three years or thereabouts, I have been conducting a low-key campaign for…