Coffee House

Rod Liddle is right about black boys and absent dads

23 January 2019 17:53

Rod Liddle was branded a ‘national disgrace’ when he wrote about how black boys are paying the price for growing…

Labour MP’s academies double standards

23 January 2019 17:29

From an outside view, one could be forgiven for thinking now is a good time for academies in the UK.…

Books Podcast: what modern Bibles get wrong

23 January 2019 17:12

In this week’s books podcast, my guest is Robert Alter – who has just published the fruits of decades of…

Why I spoke out about Labour’s anti-Semitism shame

23 January 2019 16:58

If you told me this time last year that, come January 2019, I’d be standing in Parliament, addressing a room…

Gove’s schooling revolution is irreversible

23 January 2019 16:20

With our continued Brexit obsession, one could be forgiven for thinking that there was little else of significance going on…

Isn’t James Dyson supposed to be a Brexiteer?

23 January 2019 16:03

History will remember Sir James Dyson as the pioneer of the bagless vacuum-cleaner. Thanks to his genius, we are now…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is wrong: the world won’t end in 2030

23 January 2019 15:33

So apparently the world is going to end in a few years’ time. Yawn. It’s fair to say that this…

How Germany helped shape the conditions for Brexit

23 January 2019 14:46

German political leaders, industrialists, artists and sportspeople wrote to the Times last week urging Brits to reconsider and stay in the…

The futility of the no-deal Brexit bluff

23 January 2019 13:23

We desperately need clear and honest thinking about our choices – not just for the weeks but for the years,…

Michel Barnier confirms Brexiteer fears

23 January 2019 11:36

When Eurosceptic MPs voted down Theresa May’s Brexit deal last week, the hope was that this would send a strong…

Are the Yellow Vests just a bunch of middle class whiners?

23 January 2019 10:37

On two Sundays this month there have been Yellow Vest demonstrations in France organised by women. As one of the…

The west’s response to the Huawei row is bound to backfire

23 January 2019 9:18

The Huawei row is now a full-blown diplomatic incident between China and Canada. Two months ago, on the very same…

Anna Soubry: people have had enough of 62-year-old Tory women

22 January 2019 18:28

While several members of the ERG announced that they were voting against Theresa May in the Conservative leadership vote of…

Brexit is making Tories unforgivably careless about the union

22 January 2019 18:14

On Saturday, a car bomb went off in the UK. In Londonderry, Northern Ireland, to be exact. It was the…

The mystery behind Patisserie Valerie’s collapse

22 January 2019 18:10

Patisserie Valerie, the cake-shop chain that found a potentially fraudulent £40 million black hole in its finances last October, fell…

The royal family’s quest to be environmentally right on

22 January 2019 17:58

Well, it was kind of Sir David Attenborough to grant an interview to Prince William at Davos (by way of…

Snobs and mobs agree on the cost of a second referendum

22 January 2019 16:07

Britain moved a step close to Weimar yesterday when the Prime Minister used the threat of terrorism to get her…

Is Dyson’s Singapore move anything to do with Brexit?

22 January 2019 15:52

Brexit has become the inverse of a pair of rose-tinted spectacles. It is the lens through which all negative economic…

The weakness behind Macron and Merkel’s love-in

22 January 2019 14:22

Emmanuel Macron spoke for three hours, almost without pause, at the first of his grand débats national in Normandy last…

The TWaT revolution: office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only

22 January 2019 14:14

I recently saw a series of photographs depicting a rural home in China. Pride of place in a grimly furnished…

In defence of Diane Abbott

22 January 2019 14:04

The question I had hoped to pose this week was this: “Do people dislike Diane Abbott because she is black…

Jeremy Hunt proposes a plan to make the backstop time-limited

22 January 2019 13:55

Cabinet today was not as dramatic as some had expected. No one argued for ministers being allowed a free vote…

Watch: David Blunkett despairs at Chris Williamson’s Brexit stance

22 January 2019 13:24

David Blunkett once ruled the roost in the Labour party but under Jeremy Corbyn, Blair’s old acolytes are mostly ignored…

Stuart Rose is being vindicated for his Brexit wages warning

22 January 2019 12:10

It was one of the more memorable moments of the referendum campaign. In the midst of a fevered debate between…

Why relations between the EU and US are about to get worse

22 January 2019 11:12

If you thought the last two years of transatlantic relations were bad, things are about to get even worse. Donald…