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My least favourite countries in the world

19 April 2019 9:30

Every year during Easter Week I draw up a chart of my least favourite countries and distribute the list to…

The Extinction Rebellion protests are targeting the wrong country

19 April 2019 8:30

In 2007, then-Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd labelled climate change ‘the great moral challenge of our generation’. Rudd is right:…

Why I was wrong to call for Roger Scruton to be sacked

18 April 2019 20:46

It’s been an interesting week. I was perhaps a little too hasty to jump in the ring and conduct what…

Mueller’s report could revive attempts to impeach Trump

18 April 2019 17:32

We always knew the full 400-page report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller probing possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia during the 2016…

Macron’s bid to woo the yellow vests risks opening a battle on two fronts

18 April 2019 16:33

As France and the world grieved over the Notre Dame fire, French national politics rolled on behind the scenes. President…

The author John Boyne is wrong to pander to trans activists

18 April 2019 13:33

You may not have heard of John Boyne, but you’ll almost certainly have come across his most famous book, The…

Barry Humphries and the transgender thought police

17 April 2019 17:51

The purge continues. The latest victim is Barry Humphries. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is renaming its Barry Award after…

What might Macron’s ‘even more beautiful’ Notre Dame be like?

17 April 2019 14:40

24 August 2024 At the opening today of the rebuilt Notre Dame Cathedral, after the disastrous fire in April 2019,…

Extinction Rebellion shouldn’t be given such an easy ride

17 April 2019 13:07

Why is Extinction Rebellion being given such an easy ride? It isn’t hard to imagine the outrage which would rightly…

The Books Podcast: Cass Sunstein – Beyond the Nudge

17 April 2019 11:22

In this week’s Books Podcast I’m joined by Professor Cass Sunstein – best known here as co-author of the hugely…

Ending the divorce ‘blame game’ is a mistake

17 April 2019 10:21

“Why do people get married?” It’s a question worth asking, not least because the government has announced the biggest change…

When will Roger Scruton’s detractors admit they were wrong?

16 April 2019 18:10

In American law there is a concept called ‘the fruit of the poison tree’ which means that if the source…

Notre Dame and Emmanuel Macron’s annus horribilis

16 April 2019 14:53

“Paris outraged, Paris broken, Paris martyred, but Paris liberated!” intoned General de Gaulle on 25 August 1944 from the Hotel…

Watch: Richard Burgon caught out saying ‘Zionism is the enemy of peace’

16 April 2019 12:56

In 2016, Labour’s shadow justice secretary and Corbyn ally Richard Burgon was asked a rather simple question by Andrew Neil…

The shame of Notre Dame

16 April 2019 11:51

The conversation in France changed abruptly last night. Perhaps the blaze in Paris was the wake-up call that France needed.…

The symbolism of Notre Dame’s destruction won’t be lost on Macron

16 April 2019 10:14

The timing of the burning of Notre Dame could not have been worse for Emmanuel Macron. The spire of the…

Notre Dame’s loss is too much to bear

15 April 2019 22:18

Civilisation only ever hangs by a thread. Today one of those threads seems to have frayed, perhaps snapped. It is…

The Trump 2020 campaign is much more formidable than 2016

15 April 2019 18:09

Almost every day, somebody somewhere recycles the idea that President Donald J. Trump doesn’t want to be president. He never…

Shamima Begum has a right to legal aid

15 April 2019 16:41

Speaking on the radio this morning, the Foreign Secretary refused the temptation to condemn the Legal Aid Authority’s grant of…

India should not ask Britain to apologise for the Amritsar massacre

15 April 2019 11:29

On the afternoon of 19 April 1919, troops commanded by brigadier-general Reginald Dyer opened fire on thousands of unarmed Indian protesters massed…

How Britain can make life difficult for the EU during the Brexit extension

15 April 2019 9:00

It is not good form for the British to be awkward and obstructive. The art of the compromise was the…

Which way will Corbyn go on Brexit?

13 April 2019 10:37

In September, Labour conference will impose on Jeremy Corbyn a policy of backing a second referendum in all circumstances. So,…

Brexit need not tear the Tories apart. Here’s why

13 April 2019 9:00

The political dysfunction in Parliament seems to be rubbing off on much of our commentariat. Many have concluded that the…

Inside the Brexit Party launch: Tory anger, Rees-Mogg and ‘Treason May’

12 April 2019 18:32

On Friday, in an inconspicuous metal finishing factory on an industrial estate in Coventry, Nigel Farage officially launched his new…

Why are women turning away from the Tories?

11 April 2019 17:44

Blue leaflets emblazoned with middle-class men standing near bins and schools  will soon be strewn across doormats from Chelmsford to…