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Jeremy Hunt shows some ankle with defence budget pitch

13 May 2019 22:56

With Theresa May’s departure expected later this year, the race is underway among her Tory colleagues to position themselves as…

Listen: Mike Gapes caught out over Change UK funding

8 May 2019 16:55

With less than a month to go until the European elections, and with Nigel Farage’s new Brexit party surging in…

Would a customs union pass the Commons?

7 May 2019 12:06

It’s crunch day for the Labour/Tory Brexit talks. After a weekend of government leaks and briefings, both sides will today…

Would adding a customs union to the Brexit deal really be so bad?

1 May 2019 15:32

It has been nearly a month since cross-party talks between the government and Labour began, and there is still no…

Britain will regret doing business with Huawei

24 April 2019 15:31

Imagine the following medieval conversation: King: “We need to build a castle at Dover. ‘Tis the key to England.” Courtier:…

What did Japan make of Jeremy Hunt’s Brexit mission? 

16 April 2019 15:43

Attempting to explain Brexit in 90 seconds might remind you of a Monty Python sketch, but this is what Jeremy Hunt…

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…

The myth of the Great British Brexit trade policy

9 April 2019 17:06

It makes almost no sense for the Brexit debacle to have come down to the issue of an ‘independent British…

What MPs decide about Brexit is becoming irrelevant

3 April 2019 10:27

Maybe we will go for a Norway-Double Plus. Or A Canada-Minus. Or Common Market 2.0, or a WTO-Light, an EEA-Doubled,…

Corbyn’s cheerleaders are wrong to sneer at Which? magazine

18 February 2019 18:09

First, a confession. Because I try not to spend too much time on Twitter, I sometimes miss “the story that…

Mark Carney is finally right about Brexit

13 February 2019 13:15

Cripes. At this rate the CBI will be putting out reports on Brexit’s potential benefits, George Osborne will be reminding…

Is there any point listening to the Bank of England’s growth forecasts?

7 February 2019 17:35

The Bank of England today downgraded its forecast for UK GDP growth in 2019 from 1.7 per cent (a forecast…

Wealth taxes are back in fashion – but they’re still a terrible idea

7 February 2019 7:45

Wealth taxes are back in fashion. In the United States, Senator Elizabeth Warren is proposing an ‘ultra-millionaire tax’. In the…

Watch: Jess Phillips’ speech on parliament’s high earners

31 January 2019 10:45

With all the dramatic votes this week, it could easily have been missed that an important debate about immigration also…

There’s nothing ‘elitist’ about kids following in their parents’ footsteps

29 January 2019 12:09

Children of doctors are 24 times more likely than their peers to become doctors. Children of lawyers are 17 times…

The £1 billion IT project that has caused chaos in the criminal courts

24 January 2019 17:50

Between 2010 and 2015 the Ministry of Justice endured amongst the deepest cuts of any government department. Yet even as…

Why is Chris Grayling spending so much money on telephone bills?

24 January 2019 10:36

We’ve all been there – when you open that innocuous looking letter in the post only for your eyes to…

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 Gillette advert has more to do with market control than #MeToo

16 January 2019 15:50

For those looking to an antidote to Gillette’s painful ‘The Best a Man Can Be’ advert I highly recommend browsing…

Theresa May moves the market

15 January 2019 21:39

After suffering what could be the largest Commons defeat in over a hundred years – far surpassing anyone’s expectations, it’s…

Gillette and the rise of woke capitalism

15 January 2019 16:31

The politicisation of consumer products is one of the weirder developments of recent years. First, Oreos came out in support…

China’s obsession with Taiwan is nothing to do with money

14 January 2019 14:10

Does President Xi’s first address of the new year spell trouble for Taiwan? In a 30 minute speech on Taiwan, Xi…

Factcheck: is UK aid being spent on politicians in Bangladesh?

9 January 2019 15:47

Britain’s foreign aid department was on the defensive this week, following a Mail on Sunday article casting scorn on the…

Will there ever be an end to Venezuela’s misery?

20 December 2018 18:31

Venezuelans are preparing for a difficult Christmas – the worst of recent times. The middle-class families I have spoken to…

The myth of the Brexit cliff edge

14 December 2018 12:06

The ports will be clogged up with lorries. The shelves at Tesco will be empty. Doctors will be rationing antibiotics,…