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The violent product of identity politics

15 August 2017 17:25

Identity politics is turning violent. It’s been brewing for a while. Anyone who’s witnessed mobs of students threatening to silence…

The 2007 financial crash changed all our lives for the worse

9 August 2017 9:19

It started as displacement activity, my immersion in the market mayhem of the summer of 2007. I was at home…

How alt-right was Roman Britain?

7 August 2017 15:17

Over the weekend I, like a good dozen others, endured the Twitter rage of Nassim Nicholas Taleb, an old man…

Socialism is destroying Venezuela – but the left will never admit it

31 July 2017 19:03

If ever I have to live in a dictatorship, put me down for one of those right-wing set-ups. To toil…

Stop playing chicken with Britain’s free-trade future

26 July 2017 15:25

Besides being important in themselves, the trade talks between Britain and the United States which began this week are symbolic…

I’m a Leaver who would be happy for a second referendum

25 July 2017 12:48

To everyone’s huge surprise, Jeremy Corbyn has come out as being quite a hard-line Eurosceptic, despite his tireless campaigning last…

The tax trap: why a £70k family isn’t much wealthier than a minimum wage family

18 July 2017 10:15

Among the many points of contention that arose during the election was Labour’s declaration that people earning more than £70k…

There’s still no smoking gun in the Trump-Russia story

12 July 2017 13:46

Political scandals sometimes throw up deliciously eccentric minor characters. Trump-Russia — a scandal or merely a crisis, according to taste…

Theresa May’s downsizing relaunch

11 July 2017 15:14

Every political leader and government goes through a phase when their spin doctors feel they need a relaunch. For some,…

The migrant crisis could prove to be Macron’s undoing

5 July 2017 8:56

What a forty eight hours it has been for Emmanuel Macron. On Monday, he gave his regal address to the…

DUP pushes a hard bargain as talks with Tories stall

20 June 2017 18:23

Tomorrow Theresa May will present a Queen’s Speech that doesn’t have the formal support of a majority of the House…

Labour is now the party of the middle class

20 June 2017 16:26

I’m not sure I’ve ever been so pessimistic about this country’s future, and I’m not usually a barrel of laughs…

Will the Tories’ new domestic abuse bill make any difference?

16 June 2017 17:01

What can Theresa May put in the Queen’s Speech next week? The Prime Minister was always a cautious sort who…

Where we went wrong

14 June 2017 13:32

Nobody inside CCHQ was prepared for election night’s 10 p.m. exit poll. Lynton Crosby’s last text to me predicted that…

People have had enough of the Tory right

13 June 2017 14:44

Go back ten years and you could never imagine green campaigners greeting Michael Gove’s return to government with a mixture…

George Bridges resigns as Brexit minister – has the unravelling begun?

12 June 2017 23:14

The reshuffle might be over, but the government is still changing shape. It has emerged that George Bridges has quit…

Intolerant liberals have a new target: the DUP

12 June 2017 16:54

Memo to London-based liberals: not everyone shares your point of view. Some people — brace yourself for this — have…

Corbyn has stirred the youth vote in a way that even Blair could not

9 June 2017 9:17

We don’t yet have an age breakdown of who voted on Thursday, but from the rise in turnout it seems…

Boris vs David Davis – the most likely battle for the Tory leadership

9 June 2017 7:02

Having squandered the Conservative majority, Theresa May is coming under pressure to resign. It’s not just from Jeremy Corbyn and…

The most shocking thing about Donald Trump’s Sadiq Khan tweet? He’s right

6 June 2017 10:21

How thin-skinned and pompous the British media class is. On the airwaves, Twitter, and elsewhere, the reaction to Donald Trump’s tweet…

After Theresa May’s missteps, a Corbyn victory is no longer inconceivable

31 May 2017 19:52

On the eve of the US presidential election, experts at Princeton university decided that Donald Trump had a 1 per…

Jeremy Corbyn must have been the most secret peacemaker of all

30 May 2017 12:35

I suppose that if you are under thirty, Northern Ireland seems a place far away and it must be difficult to…

Nicola Sturgeon raises prospect of a SNP-Corbyn ‘progressive alliance’ in Westminster

28 May 2017 19:42

The most memorable poster of the 2015 general election campaign was an image of Alex Salmond with Ed Miliband snug…

Islamists are very clear about what they want – we just aren’t listening

24 May 2017 11:55

The meeting place of the two worlds could not have been more sharply defined. In Manchester Arena, thousands of young…

Five reasons why the ‘dementia tax’ U-turn was inevitable

22 May 2017 12:56

‘The Tory “dementia tax” could backfire for Theresa May’ was the Coffee House take last Thursday, perhaps the first mention of that phrase…