Carillion’s collapse ends the love affair between governments and private contractors

15 January 2018 19:06

If I am reeling from the collapse of Carillion it is because the company, the banks, its advisers and the…

Virgin Trains’ bungled Daily Mail ban is a warning for virtue signallers

15 January 2018 17:55

How to signal your virtue is one of the most perplexing problems in modern etiquette. It has to be done,…

John Humphrys, equal pay crusader

15 January 2018 17:53

It’s been an awkward week or so for John Humphrys. The Today programme presenter – who is thought to earn…

John Bercow lectures Gavin Williamson on the perils of press briefings

15 January 2018 17:12

Ever since Gavin Williamson was appointed Defence Secretary, there has been a briefing war between the Ministry of Defence and…

The #MeToo movement’s feminist dystopia

15 January 2018 17:07

It’s here, at last: the backlash against #MeToo. Finally people are sticking their heads above the parapet and asking if…

The Tories’ green wheeze won’t win them the next election

15 January 2018 16:27

Conservative ministers are going through a green fit in an attempt to appeal to voters they lost at the last…

What does Momentum’s NEC clean sweep mean for Labour?

15 January 2018 16:22

Perhaps, the most remarkable thing about Momentum’s clean sweep in Labour’s National Executive Committee elections was how expected it was. …

Is political correctness speeding up?

15 January 2018 14:00

One of the most influential and popular ideas of the post-war era was that of the Authoritarian Personality, which linked…

A digital toolkit for young Tories

15 January 2018 13:44

OMG. New Conservative chairman Brandon Lewis has announced a ‘digital toolkit’ to help young right-wingers battle the Left on social…

Henry Bolton’s critics should tread carefully

15 January 2018 13:02

Were I a politician observing Henry Bolton’s embarrassment with glee I think I might just stop short of demanding his…

Eddie Izzard left out in the cold… again

15 January 2018 13:00

Here we go again. The results of the latest election for Labour’s National Executive Committee are in and it’s a clear…

Should we believe the hype about blockchains?

15 January 2018 10:33

Blockchain is an idea whose time has come. By which I mean it’s still mostly an idea, and is currently…

The economics of fish and chips

15 January 2018 10:29

When you pay £8 for fish and chips, where does the money go? That’s the question one restaurant has been…

What the papers say: Chris Grayling has questions to answers after Carillion’s collapse

15 January 2018 8:35

Carillion is set to go into liquidation, putting at risk thousands of jobs and leaving question marks hanging over its…

Listen: John McDonnell’s comments about Esther McVey being lynched

14 January 2018 22:39

The return of Esther McVey to the Cabinet is bad news for John McDonnell and Labour’s claim of a kinder,…

Guardian’s tabloid makeover

14 January 2018 21:54

Here we go. As of Monday, the Guardian is a tabloid – in the physical sense anyway. The paper’s editor…

Sunday shows round-up: Nicola Sturgeon – IndyRef2 decision will be made by the end of 2018

14 January 2018 16:57

The Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was given the prime interview slot on the Andrew Marr Show this morning. Noting…

Michael Gove’s green crusade is a smart way to sell Brexit

14 January 2018 10:42

What is Michael Gove up to? The Environment Secretary seems to be on a tree-hugging rampage at the moment, announcing…

Something’s gone badly right with the world economy

14 January 2018 9:00

It is only a few months since gloomy economic commentators were confidently predicting that the world was about to plunge…

Would Winston Churchill have survived public life in the age of Twitter?

14 January 2018 8:31

It used to be the case that tabloid stings struck the fear of God into politicians and celebrities. Now social…

The Trump exodus could cost the Republicans dearly

14 January 2018 8:30

The Trump presidency has been a disorienting moment in American political life. Imagine a time traveller starting in the year…

Donald Trump has now established himself as the least American president in US history

13 January 2018 21:32

As a schoolboy, George Washington transcribed 110 Jesuitical maxims later published as Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation.…

The true value of cryptocurrency is freedom

13 January 2018 14:00

Picture a village. It has a grocery shop and a pub. A little down the road you can find a…

May can’t bend Macron’s ear on Brexit until she knows what the UK wants

13 January 2018 10:39

Emmanuel Macron and half a dozen of his top team are heading to the UK late next week. I write…