10:25am Monday 26th September 2016
ANGELA MERKEL’S Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) has lost seats in elections in Germany’s eastern states and, last weekend, in Berlin as well.
11:15am Monday 19th September 2016
SEASONAL affective disorder (SAD): it’s what many people suffer with the coming of autumn.
10:49am Monday 12th September 2016
IN a single week in August, 10,000 migrants were rescued from sinking boats in the Mediterranean and taken to Italy.
3:11pm Monday 22nd August 2016
I AM glad that the BBC are to put up a statue to George Orwell. Four years ago, the Corporation turned down the idea – because they judged that the public would think their statue to Orwell would confirm the suspicion that the BBC is full of left wing bias. Gosh – people might think the Beeb is run by lefties! Surely not!
6:44pm Sunday 14th August 2016
WE’RE all babies now. I really must get on and write my book The Infantilisation of Britain. It’s everywhere you look and in every sound you hear, throughout public space. It’s even got to the gee-gees. Yes, they really are applying mascara and eye-shadow to horses in gymkhanas.
3:50pm Monday 8th August 2016
A MAN walks into a pub. He has a few drinks and a good natter. But when he returns a few weeks later, he finds the place has been closed down.
3:57pm Monday 1st August 2016
SHOULD I be crying into my beer?
4:03pm Monday 25th July 2016
WE need an extra 750,000 school places in England to keep up with a population bulge, says an official forecast from the Department for Education.
12:26pm Tuesday 19th July 2016
I bring glad tidings, for a change.
9:03am Monday 11th July 2016
WE’VE had more than we can stand of all the slush and mush which has engulfed public conversation since the Brexit vote.
8:17am Tuesday 5th July 2016
I AM conservative in my political views, but I hesitate to mention this in case it leads you to think I support the Conservative party.
9:17am Tuesday 28th June 2016
WHEN is an apology not an apology?
2:54pm Monday 20th June 2016
AFTER the slaughter by Omar Mateen in Orlando, Barack Obama said, “Americans must decide what kind of country we want to be.”
8:06am Monday 6th June 2016
LORD Waldegrave, provost of Eton, has threatened to resign from the Conservative party if proposals to make it mandatory for employers to ask job candidates if they received a private education come into force.
12:15pm Tuesday 31st May 2016
AT THE risk of sounding sexist, I’d say that Angelina Jolie Pitt is rather better looking than William Hague.
10:10am Monday 16th May 2016
IN case you were wondering, I’ve been hiding under the bed for a while, hoping to escape the endless palaver about next month’s EU referendum. But I’ve just come out from under after reading some remarks by Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the unelected European Commission which governs Europe.
8:42am Monday 25th April 2016
KEEP your nose out, Obama! Don’t you think you’ve done enough damage to prospects for world peace in the nearly eight years of your disastrous presidency?
8:39am Monday 18th April 2016
I THINK I shall write a book and call it All Kids Now: The Infantilisation of Britain. Not a day goes by – not an hour goes by – without news of a fresh example of the nation’s descent into childishness. For instance, last week the newspapers were reporting, “top” doctors and “senior medical professionals” – I hope I’m never treated by a medical amateur – say that children are getting fat because they drink too much milk.
5:48pm Sunday 10th April 2016
UNUSUALLY, I find myself with something to cheer about. It seems that Britain has not quite – or not yet – completed its descent into totalitarianism and the police state. The subject is free speech, and particularly freedom of the press. Following the Leveson Inquiry, MPs voted overwhelmingly for a savage curtailment of press freedom. One of the new regulations would require newspapers to pay libel costs even where they win a case, should they not have previously offered a low cost means of resolving disputes.
8:05am Monday 4th April 2016
FATHER Tom Uzhunnalil has been crucified by Islamic State in Yemen. Nothing unusual about that. Crucifixion is IS’s preferred method of murdering Christians and Fr Tom’s cruel death made the news only because, with barbarous mockery, they did it on Good Friday. Thus one priest’s murder was meant to warn Christians everywhere that they are the targets of the violent Islamic insurgency on three continents.