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The young are missing out on a proper breakfast

More proof, if it were needed, of the gastronomic generation gap. It seems one in ten young persons has never had a full English/Irish/whatever...

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Melanie Mcdonagh

I was the NME’s squarest journalist

Before I went to medical school I had a hip alternative life. In the 1980s, as a 17 year-old schoolgirl, I wrote for the New Music Express. My...

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Leyla Sanai

Sunak’s Rwanda Bill finally passes parliament

After eight hours of debate on the Rwanda Bill, peers finally threw in the towel shortly after midnight. The two chambers have been engaged in a...

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James Heale

Why are the English embarrassed about St George’s Day?

How should the English celebrate St George’s Day? England is a country with plenty to boast about, but doing so is somehow not particularly...

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Eliot Wilson

Risky / Could Europe send troops to Ukraine?

It is 2026, and in a downbeat speech at the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin finally announces a withdrawal from Ukraine. Russian troops have done their...

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Colin Freeman

What happened to the London bus?

To understand Sadiq Khan’s tenure as Mayor of London, you need only ride one of his buses. Eight years of repeating that he is the ‘proud son of a...

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Alexander Pelling-Bruce

Shylock and the Nazis: the truth about Shakespeare’s most infamous character

None of William Shakespeare’s characters are more controversial than Shylock. The moneylender from The Merchant of Venice may be the most famous...

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Susannah Heschel

Watch: Lights go off in the Lords in Rwanda showdown

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is one step closer to stopping the boats — or so he hopes. After months of back and forth on the Prime Minister’s...

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Steerpike

Is there any way back for the Met Police?

‘You are quite openly Jewish, this is a pro-Palestinian march, I’m not accusing you of anything but I’m worried about the reaction to your...

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Eliot Wilson

Sunak: the Rwanda scheme is ‘ready’

The Rwanda Bill should become law today – and the government is ready for when it does. That was Rishi Sunak’s message at a No. 10 press...

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James Heale

The Beatles / What their critics don’t get

Not everyone likes The Beatles. That said, trashing cultural icons is a modern phenomenon amplified by social media and done, largely, to attract...

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Mark Solomons

Jon Sopel’s Rwanda Bill blunder

It’s hard these days being a teller of truths. So many of the leading lights in British broadcasting have found in recent years that they’re...

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Steerpike

Will there be a summer election?

It’s less than a fortnight till the local elections where Rishi Sunak will face his last major electoral test before going to the polls for a...

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Katy Balls

Desperate manufacturers are struggling to shift electric cars

By 2024, UBS confidently predicted in a October 2020 report, the cost of manufacturing an electric car would have fallen so sharply that it would...

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Ross Clark

Why won’t the Scottish Greens accept the Cass report?

There are many words to describe Patrick Harvie but ‘clinician’ certainly isn’t one of them. Yet his trademark arrogance was out on display...

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Steerpike

Books / They felt they could achieve anything together: two brave women in war-torn Serbia

Lesbian military fiction is a popular genre, featuring titles such as Silver Wings and An Army of One, but Jack and Eve is a true story. Written by...

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Julie Bindel

Why is Russia jamming plane signals across Europe?

The ‘Baltic Beast’ is at it again. Mysterious – or not so mysterious – GPS signal disruption has become a growing problem for civilian air...

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Mark Galeotti

Sunak is deluded to think his bungled Rwanda scheme can save him

Like a cowboy builder sucking his teeth about unanticipated complications on the job, Rishi Sunak has just pushed back another deadline. The Prime...

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Patrick O’Flynn

Parliamentary researcher charged with spying for China

Chris Cash, the parliamentary aide accused of spying for China, is to be charged with espionage offences, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said...

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James Heale

Who would want to buy Selfridges?

A stake in Selfridges – the most iconic department store in the vast retail emporium of Oxford Street – is again up for grabs. It is the latest...

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Jawad Iqbal

Met crisis / Mark Rowley does not deserve to go

Why did Gideon Falter cross the road? Or try to? That is a question that went viral this weekend. A video emerged of Falter, who leads the Campaign...

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Ian Acheson

The Fiat 500 / A love letter

On visits to the continent as a child, what struck me was the strangeness of other European countries. Going to France or Italy, pre-internet, you...

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Robin Ashenden

Banning TikTok isn’t enough. Look at Gauth, too

The American House of Representatives has passed a bill ordering Bytedance, a Chinese company, to divest from TikTok or stop operating in the USA....

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Jon Pelson

Dear Britain, please take Prince Harry back

In the annals of recent royal history, few narratives have unfolded with as much drama and tumult as the saga of Prince Harry’s departure...

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Lee Cohen

Why Biden’s plan to sanction an IDF battalion could backfire

The Biden administration is planning to announce sanctions against a part of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF). On the one hand, this would be the...

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Arieh Kovler

How NPR became a national laughing stock

The smug world of public radio in the United States received a smart slap in the face last week. It was delivered by Uri Berliner, a long-time NPR...

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Peter Wood

Books / John Deakin: the perfect anti-hero of the tawdry Soho scene

During the various lockdowns I found myself wondering how Iain Sinclair was coping with the restrictions. It seemed unthinkable that this...

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Stuart Kelly

How Sweden fell again for transgender madness

When it comes to the transgender issue, Sweden sobered up earlier than many other countries. Paediatricians have pleaded with politicians to take...

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Paulina Neuding

Commons sends Rwanda Bill back to the Lords

The Commons has just voted on the latest ping of the Safety of Rwanda Bill pong, after peers sent back just one amendment, which would prevent...

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Isabel Hardman

Books / Being a printer was what Benjamin Franklin prided himself on most

For some readers this book will have the charm of the Antiques Roadshow. Adam Smyth, professor of English Literature and the History of the Book at...

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John Sutherland

An investigation / Why we read crime fiction

An exhibition dedicated to 20th century British crime fiction has opened at Cambridge University Library. The artefacts on show range widely...

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Alec Marsh

The US war aid might be too little, too late for Ukraine

At the last possible moment, after months of prevarication and with Russian troops on the brink of a major breakthrough in Ukraine, the US Congress...

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Owen Matthews

Why a Labour super-majority is unlikely

In economic, there is a phenomenon known as ‘automatic stabilisers’, which kick in at the onset of a recession. Without politicians having to...

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Patrick O’Flynn

Richard Dawkins: in defence of scientific truth

When we meet in the House of Lords, Professor Richard Dawkins has just addressed a cross-party parliamentary gathering of politicians and...

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Josephine Bartosch

Australia is in danger of tearing itself apart

In her new book, Liz Truss says she likes Australia and Australians. The country is, she says, ‘like Britain without the hand-wringing and...

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Terry Barnes

Are smartphones really destroying the mental health of a generation?

If you want to make your name in psychiatry, find a problem, identify a plausible one-factor solution, and then offer a big fix at low cost. And...

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Glynn Harrison

Mind your language / Amol Rajan is right to change his ways on ‘aitch’

My husband thought it brave and manly of the BBC’s Amol Rajan to resolve publicly to change his pronunciation of the letter-name aitch. He’d...

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Dot Wordsworth

Wartime Budapest was a haven, then a hell, for Europe’s Jews

One day in May 1944, in the Nagyvárad ghetto, Sándor Leitner saw an elderly man struggling to walk towards him. His face was swollen from beatings...

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Adam Lebor

The Met doesn’t care about anti-Semitism

We’re familiar by now with the peculiar paradox of left-wingers and feminists, those weird well-born women who would scream blue murder if a white...

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Julie Burchill

Donald Trump’s U-turn could vindicate his Tory enthusiasts

Better late than never. In Washington, the House of Representatives last night voted to approve £49 billion funding in aid for Ukraine by 311 votes...

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James Heale

The CofE’s female clergy muddle is not sustainable

It’s thirty years since the first women were ordained as priests of the Church of England. For ten years, there have been women bishops too. Well,...

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Theo Hobson

What happened to the Glasgow I love?

The perception of Glasgow still held by outsiders – that it’s all tenement blocks and stabbings, that the only food on offer is gussied up...

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Andrew Mcquillan

Britain doesn’t need an Iron Dome

Air defence was in the news this week, after Israel, with the help of allies including the UK, shot down around 99 per cent of over 300 cruise and...

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John Foreman

Scotland’s surprising new free speech champion

Has Nicola Sturgeon discovered a sudden enthusiasm for free speech? The former SNP leader has today reviewed Salman Rushdie’s latest book Knife...

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Steerpike

Welsh Labour’s speeding U-turn shows devolution is beginning to grate

The tragedy of Wales’ 20 mph speed limit, which is now to be relaxed, was that it took a good idea and ruined it by taking it to extremes. There...

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Ross Clark

Could this be the Scottish Greens’ tuition fees moment?

Questions of power bedevil radical politics. Is entry into government the only way to force change? Do the opportunities of power sufficiently...

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Stephen Daisley

Ukraine’s plight is getting more desperate by the day

Driving into the bomb-damaged eastern Ukrainian town of Kostiantynivka you can hear the impacts from the big Russian guns and bombs. Block by block...

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Julius Strauss

Scrapping replays could be the beginning of the end for the FA Cup

Is time running out for the oldest knock-out tournament of them all? The FA cup‘s obituary has been written a few times in recent years but the...

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Philip Patrick

What Kemi Badenoch gets right about Britain’s economic history

Kemi Badenoch has developed a habit of truth telling. This is risky in our climate of rigid cultural orthodoxy, for whose guardians ‘Truth is what...

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Robert Tombs

Why did the Sandyford clinic delay pausing puberty blockers?

The decision by Glasgow’s Sandyford gender clinic to pause the prescription of puberty blockers to children is good news for the children of...

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Debbie Hayton

An only child is a lonely child

Lonely children often grow up to be lonely, not to mention anxious and depressed. In one study, after factoring in profession, parental...

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John Mac Ghlionn

Why the smoking ban exposes the ‘right side of history’ delusion

As a conservative non-smoker who in his youth was a libertarian twenty-a-day man, I can see both sides of the argument over the government’s...

19.04.2024 5

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Patrick West

Rayner’s eldest child was registered at husband’s home

It’s been a busy time for police investigations across the country and Manchester is no exception. As the curious case of Angela Rayner’s tax...

19.04.2024 8

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Steerpike

The SNP’s net zero hypocrisy

The Scottish nationalists are no stranger to hypocrisy, as their latest U-turn shows. For on Thursday afternoon the Yousaf regime — the only...

19.04.2024 2

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Steerpike

Watch: Sturgeon reacts after husband charged in police probe

Might this be the worst week of 2024 for the Nats so far? Hapless Humza Yousaf demonstrated extraordinary indecision over the Cass review, Patrick...

19.04.2024 5

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Steerpike

Will Sunak’s welfare reforms get more people back into work?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak had days to design the furlough scheme. Once lockdown became mandatory in spring 2020, it was a race against the clock to...

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Kate Andrews

Scotland / Peter Murrell’s re-arrest has plunged the SNP into crisis

There is what can only be described as a mood of despair in SNP circles following the news that the former party chief executive Peter Murrell,...

19.04.2024 2

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Iain Macwhirter

MPs needs a proper HR service

The most damning bit of the lurid Mark Menzies case is that the Conservatives had been aware of the allegations for three months before they story...

19.04.2024 1

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Isabel Hardman

Iran should be banned from the Paris Olympics

Few would disagree with Ben Wallace’s description of Iran as a ‘bully’. The former defence secretary made his comments earlier this week after...

19.04.2024 5

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Gavin Mortimer

The Gamer / Entirely pointless and extremely pleasant: House Flipper 2 reviewed

Grade: B Most video games challenge the player’s problem-solving skills, reaction time or hand-eye co-ordination. But a handful of them offer...

19.04.2024 2

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Sam Leith

Red handed / Clean up the MoD graffiti!

Mary Wakefield has narrated this article for you to listen to. When I first saw the Ministry of Defence building splattered in blood-red paint, I...

19.04.2024 10

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Mary Wakefield

Books / A magnificent set of dentures still leaves little to smile about

John Patrick Higgins is unhappy about the state of his mouth. His teeth resemble ‘broken biscuits’, a ‘pub piano’, ‘an abandoned quarry’...

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Houman Barekat

Why do Lib Dems want to crack down on smoking but legalise cannabis?

Whether it is tuition fees or local development, the Lib Dems are generally not known for their consistency. Trust me, I campaigned for them during...

19.04.2024 8

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Charlotte Henry

Confessions of a 40-something brace face

When I was a teenager, my grandmother would pick me up from school every week and drive me to the orthodontist, the aptly-named Mrs Crabbe, so she...

19.04.2024 1

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Lucy Denyer

Racing tips / Two bets for Ayr

There is plenty of competitive racing at Ayr over the next two days, quite apart from tomorrow’s Coral Scottish Grand National. With some decent...

19.04.2024 1

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Penworthy

Notes on... / Kippers could save your life

I miss kippers. My wife won’t let me eat them at home, and they have become a rarity in restaurants. I stayed in a luxury hotel last month, and...

19.04.2024 2

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Andrew Watts

Books / Murder in the dark: The Eighth House, by Linda Segtnan, reviewed

It takes a Scandinavian mother to write like this: ‘Why murder a nine-year-old girl? She wasn’t raped. Rape is the only motive I know of for...

19.04.2024 6

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Andrew Hankinson

Is Georgia’s future with Europe, or Russia?

On Wednesday, Georgia’s government came one step closer to realising its desire to embed the country deeper within Russia’s sphere of influence....

19.04.2024 5

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Lisa Haseldine

Israel’s warning to Iran

Symbolism is important. Israel’s overnight missile attack against Iran was a warning to the ayatollahs residing in Tehran that it can hit any...

19.04.2024 4

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Sean Rayment

Israel launches retaliatory strike against Iran

Israel conducted missile strikes against Iran on Thursday night, as confirmed by a senior American military official to NPR. Explosions in Iraq...

19.04.2024 4

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Juan P. Villasmil

It’s not over yet between Israel and Iran

Is that it? This is the immediate and understandable reaction in some quarters to the news that Israel has carried out a series of limited air...

19.04.2024 1

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Jawad Iqbal

Sunak declares war on the ‘sick note culture’

Rishi Sunak has returned to one of his pet bugbears: getting the unemployed back into work. His speech to the Centre for Social Justice this...

19.04.2024 4

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James Heale

We’re better off with Hamas in Qatar, than out

The news that Qatar is ‘re-evaluating’ its role as mediator in the ceasefire talks between Israel and Hamas, amid claims by the Qatari Prime...

19.04.2024 1

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Damien Phillips

Israel’s attack on Iran was perfectly calibrated

Today, there have been reports of explosions in Isfahan, in central Iran, in what is presumed to be a strike by Israel. The world had been waiting...

19.04.2024 2

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Jason M. Brodsky

Will Israel continue its strikes on Iran?

The reported Israeli strike on an Iranian air installation near the city of Isfahan in central Iran appears to have been the most significant of a...

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Jonathan Spyer

Russia is failing to undermine German morale on Ukraine

The news that German police have arrested two alleged Russian spies in Bavaria has understandably raised some alarm bells in Berlin. The men stand...

19.04.2024 20

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Katja Hoyer

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