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Listen: Amber Rudd’s ‘coloured woman’ remarks

7 March 2019 15:14

Amber Rudd has caused a storm of outrage this afternoon after she referred to Labour’s Diane Abbott as a ‘coloured…

If May’s Brexit deal passes, then her troubles really begin

7 March 2019 11:16

Brexit is breaking British politics. Both the traditional powers have been shipwrecked by this storm and show no signs of…

Equalities watchdog: Labour may have unlawfully discriminated

7 March 2019 10:47

It’s been a gruelling couple of days for the Labour Party, as their approach to handling and meddling in anti-Semitism…

Shamima Begum’s baby shouldn’t pay the price for his mother’s treachery

7 March 2019 9:09

What should be done with Shamima Begum? Her husband Yago Riedijk, a Dutch jihadi fighter, has now said he wants…

The Books Podcast: love, death, and loss with Max Porter

6 March 2019 19:20

In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to Max Porter, former publisher at Granta and author of the prizewinning debut…

Eustice and Grieve go head-to-head on Brexit

6 March 2019 19:04

Last week, George Eustice became the latest minister (the majority of whom have been Brexiteers) to quit the government, resigning…

Should Michael Jackson’s music be banned?

6 March 2019 17:31

Why does it follow that, because an artist or performer is an appalling human being, his work should be banned?…

Corbyn fails to identify the culprit of the knife-crime epidemic

6 March 2019 16:52

Jeremy Corbyn’s task can rarely have been easier at PMQs. The knife-crime epidemic has filled our morgues with the bodies…

It’s time for Mark Carney to come clean about Brexit

6 March 2019 12:30

What wonderful powers that Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, possesses. At a stroke, he has just succeeded…

Why Brexiteers aren’t backing down

6 March 2019 11:59

Geoffrey Cox is in Brussels attempting to achieve a breakthrough on the backstop. So far, the Attorney General’s efforts have…

How Steve Bannon tried – and failed – to crack Europe

6 March 2019 10:51

When Steve Bannon was ousted from the White House as president Donald Trump’s chief strategist, the populist provocateur and former…

Will Theresa May vote for a no-deal Brexit?

5 March 2019 18:52

We have a Tory Government and governing party irredeemably split on the biggest question of our age, namely how and…

Chuka Umunna, The Alternative

5 March 2019 18:24

A few weeks ago, it was reported that Sajid Javid likes to refer to himself as ‘The Saj’. While the…

No dealers must dream on: A conversation with Ivan Rogers

5 March 2019 18:06

Sir Ivan Rogers was in conversation at the Institute for Government. This is an edited transcript of his thoughts on…

Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis can never be solved under Corbyn

5 March 2019 16:55

If racism is to succeed in corrupting institutions and countries it needs authorisation from the elite. The popular caricature of…

Revealed: Corbyn’s policy director defends member suspended for anti-Semitism

5 March 2019 16:00

A fresh war broke out this week between Labour MPs and the party leadership over how impartial Labour has been when…

Fiona Onasanya loses her appeal against conviction

5 March 2019 14:35

Today was the last chance for the former Labour MP Fiona Onasanya MP to protest her innocence, as she appealed her…

A brief history of Chris Grayling’s failings

5 March 2019 12:10

Chris Grayling is back in the news – and once again it is for all the wrong reasons. The transport…

Emmanuel Macron’s plans for More Europe will only lead to a poorer Europe

5 March 2019 11:25

It is nothing if not bold. Battered by the gilets jaune movement, challenged by populists, and with a flat-lining economy…

A collapsed case shows the perils of policing ‘transphobia’

5 March 2019 11:01

The bizarre stories of censorship and bullying by trans activists frequently made baffling reading. But the spectacle of Miranda Yardley,…

New York Times goes easy on ‘Failing Grayling’

4 March 2019 19:38

Chris Grayling has managed to take the government’s ‘Global Britain’ agenda up a gear this week with an appearance in…

Jonathan Dimbleby’s Any Questions? was the BBC at its best

4 March 2019 17:51

The recent history of the BBC is a tale of two Dimblebies. David, the elder, enjoyed the higher profile on…

Italy shows that left-wing populism doesn’t work

4 March 2019 17:41

To judge from what is going on in Italy, the only major European country where populists are in power, right-wing…

The cowardice of calling for The Satanic Verses to be banned

4 March 2019 13:55

Let us imagine that a book which Catholics find insulting is published in Britain, and a prominent Polish bishop calls…

Theresa May’s bung shows she still doesn’t understand Brexit

4 March 2019 13:24

When will politicians learn they can’t just buy off voters? You think they would have twigged this during the EU…