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The New Statesman apologises to Roger Scruton

8 July 2019 16:28

It’s been three months since the housing tsar and philosopher Sir Roger Scruton was sacked from the government’s Building Better,…

No matter what Brexit position it has – Labour is screwed 

20 June 2019 18:51

No matter what Labour decides to do with regard to a second referendum next week, as things stand it will…

And then there were three – Sajid Javid knocked out of the leadership race

20 June 2019 13:08

And then there were three. After the latest round of voting in the Tory leadership contest this afternoon, the Home…

Matt Hancock: why I’m backing Boris

16 June 2019 21:15

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, dropped out of the leadership race last week and had been mulling whether to support…

There’s nothing extreme about being a populist

13 January 2019 9:00

I’m slightly sick of the word ‘populist’ being used to suggest some sort of extremist (‘The Last Heave’, 5 January).…

It’s political centrists who are most hostile to democracy

2 June 2018 11:22

The New York Times has taken a drubbing in the British press (not least here on Coffee House) for its…

Germans – not Brits – are the ones who keep mentioning the war

3 February 2018 10:00

The German ambassador, Peter Ammon, leaves Britain this month and retires after a distinguished diplomatic career as Berlin’s man in…

Two Muslim cultures are emerging in Britain

22 January 2018 18:17

Suppose you were a white supremacist who wanted to keep Muslim children down. Or suppose you were a Machiavellian middle-class…

Trump, May, and the sinking of the so-called ‘Special Relationship’

19 January 2018 10:35

Another week, another blow to the so-called Special Relationship. The latest sorry news is that Number 10 has been trying…

David Trimble: the Taoiseach should stop trying to out-Sinn Fein Sinn Fein

29 November 2017 11:21

When I negotiated the Good Friday Agreement nearly 20 years ago, no one foresaw a day when the United Kingdom…

Michael Fallon, for all the times I may have touched your knee while drunk, I’m sorry

8 November 2017 15:10

This one goes out to all the male MPs I’ve taken to lunch. I want to apologise to each and…

Theresa May’s phoney race war is dangerous and divisive

13 September 2017 14:23

Next month, Theresa May is expected to launch her long-awaited audit into racial disparities in public services. We are being…

Tim Farron quits as Lib Dem leader

14 June 2017 18:42

Tim Farron has resigned as Liberal Democrat leader. The Liberal Democrats did make a net gain of four seats but…

What were the Welsh thinking when they voted for Brexit?

12 March 2017 11:00

Goodness, Wales is gorgeous to look at. The landscape is sublime. I woke in Abergavenny to snow on the Black…

Are we doing enough to secure Britain’s digital future?

20 February 2017 16:10

The UK’s digital economy represents nearly one third of the UK economy, and if nurtured properly, it could transform government,…

Could Brexit be sweet? The British beet sugar industry after the European Union

9 February 2017 15:37

With Britain’s exit from the European Union looming and no sign of trading instructions from Downing Street, Britain’s domestic producers and…

Iain Duncan Smith resigns in protest at the Budget

18 March 2016 20:55

In the last few minutes, Iain Duncan Smith has released a letter of resignation from his post as Work & Pensions…

David Cameron’s debate ‘offer’ means he’s chickening out while pretending not to

4 March 2015 22:25

So David Cameron has made his ‘final offer’, his final condition on which he will or won’t sign up to…

The Prince of Wales on a visit to a manufacturing company in Wales. Picture: Getty

Boosting the private sector in Wales

21 January 2013 12:27

Wales, sadly is one of the poorest regions of the United Kingdom. GVA stands at 75 per cent that of…