11:53am Tuesday 26th May 2015
“THE Government will increase NHS investment by £8billion a year.” Thus spake our newly elected Prime Minister. It won’t be enough. It never is enough. Expenditure on this “envy of the world” almost doubled from £57.049bn in 2002/03 to £105.25bn in 2012/13.
5:10am Wednesday 20th May 2015
I’VE fallen into a fit of nostalgia for a movable feast. I refer to this coming weekend which used to be called Whitsuntide – a bank holiday before these things were secularised.
11:16am Tuesday 12th May 2015
BREAKING the habit of a lifetime, I have been worrying about the future of the Labour party.
8:34pm Sunday 3rd May 2015
THIS coming Friday is VE Day and we might use the event to express thanks for our deliverance from the Nazis and to take our minds of whatever result the general election has thrown up.
6:19pm Tuesday 21st April 2015
PLEASE let’s go back to the old way of doing things. I mean, let the Prime Minister of the day call the General Election when he sees fit.
4:03pm Tuesday 14th April 2015
"My mantra is that if you can add anything to what people can see on the screen, then do. If not, shut up.” So said Richie Benaud.
2:21pm Monday 30th March 2015
GERMANS are renowned – and sometimes heavily satirised –for their excessive efficiency and their capacity for obeying orders. So why was a man with a history of mental illness allowed to fly a passenger jet?
3:15pm Monday 23rd March 2015
I’M not a big fan of the radio presenter Paul Gambaccini but I deplore the disgraceful way he has been treated by the police.
12:09pm Tuesday 3rd March 2015
I REALLY enjoyed last weekend. I felt so reassured, so much at peace with myself and the world.
12:05pm Tuesday 24th February 2015
WITH less than three months to the election, I’ve been trying to penetrate the parties’ propaganda to locate something solid.
5:46pm Tuesday 17th February 2015
I AM delighted to see that the Church of England has decided to pardon the devil and to remove all mention of his Satanic Majesty from modern services.
10:51am Tuesday 10th February 2015
THERE was a bigger punch-up on the BBC’s Any Questions the other night than in the whole of the Wales-England rugby match which was going on at the same time.
2:41pm Tuesday 3rd February 2015
I HAVE long known the EU to be a malevolent institution, but I didn’t suspect before some stuff I read this week that they are absolutely stark staring bonkers and suicidal.
10:46am Tuesday 27th January 2015
A Church of England priest, I shall visit the synagogue today and ask if I may be allowed to join their prayers to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
12:22pm Tuesday 20th January 2015
A QUESTION from the Archbishop of York last week: "Is it ever right that I should have more when somebody else has nothing?"
11:57am Tuesday 13th January 2015
IT’S only a few weeks ago since I said in this column that Islamic State’s barbaric atrocities now witnessed in Iraq and Syria will come to Europe.
5:36pm Tuesday 6th January 2015
I CANNOT chart the sequence of distasteful events that took place in the hotel that night, but I do know the verdict of the court: Ched Evans was found guilty of rape.
8:02pm Sunday 4th January 2015
Some words of former prime minister Harold Macmillan come back often at this time of the year. A reporter asked him what he most feared and Mac replied, “Events, dear boy. Events.” This is the week when journalists turn away from the typewriter and peer into the crystal ball in the hope of being able to produce a few words on the subject of what’s likely to happen next year. These predictions nearly always turn out to be wrong. I bear that thought in mind as I intend – for what it’s worth - to tell you what the entrails seem to be telling me.
11:21am Tuesday 23rd December 2014
THE English are a practical people – unlike the intellectual French, their heads full of theories. There is a true story about when the French magazine Paris Match asked three important men, who happened to be in Paris at the same time, what they would like for Christmas.
4:52pm Tuesday 16th December 2014
THERE are few things more sickening than to observe the mass media in one of its periodic fits of moral outrage. The US Senate intelligence committee report on the treatment of terror suspects has been described in lurid vocabulary: “Shame of the West…America’s disgrace…intolerable cruelty…”