08:24

Matt Hancock wants to sequence your baby’s DNA Theres's a potential Pandora’s Box of unintended consequences

Mary Harrington

Thursday
07.11

07.11

The five historical dramas Netflix should make next I find historical inaccuracy deeply annoying — it makes me unbearable to watch TV with

Ed West

07.11

Speech: Marco Rubio looks to Pope Leo XIII to fix the broken economy The Florida Senator looks to a 19th-century Papal Encyclical for answers to America's problems

James Billot

07.11

We should defend the right not to wear a poppy There is far too much demand for rigid conformity in thought, word and deed

Paul Embery

Wednesday
06.11

06.11

Are New Zealand’s new visa laws racist? It seems fair enough to check if a relationship is real before handing out a visa...

Libby Emmons

06.11

Good news! Employers are struggling to fill low-wage jobs Why do self-styled progressives always ignore the positive side of a tighter labour market?

Ed West

06.11

Watch Kate Hoey’s goodbye Kate Hoey used her farewell speech to stress the importance of tradition, and how not all change is good change...

Freddie Sayers

Tuesday
05.11

05.11

Justin Welby joins the fight against the new ‘Magisterium’ Free speech on university campuses is still a problem - but it's nothing to do with the Church

Freddie Sayers

05.11

The Great Realignment: America got there first The richest people in America have been Democrats for some time

Ed West

05.11

How marrying your cousin corrupts society Loyalty is more likely to be to a large, interconnected network of blood relations

Mary Harrington

Monday
04.11

04.11

What really happened to the New Atheists A political movement doesn’t just disappear. All that kinetic force has to go somewhere, to fight someone, and so the “Blue Tribe”, turned to social justice.

Ed West

04.11

The Express has swung behind Boris — and that matters The newspaper that Westminster likes to laugh at is a powerful signal of where Brexit Party voters are headed

Freddie Sayers

04.11

Parasols in space? Pet sensors on cars? What Europe really wants… Since mid-2018, the European Commission has collected policy ideas within a citizens' forum. I took a look inside...

Mary Harrington

Saturday
02.11

02.11

In defence of the Illiberal Arts Is the current state of exhaustion and nihilism in the arts the logical consequence of our liberal civilisation?

Mary Harrington

Friday
01.11

01.11

Should religious leaders tell you who to vote for? Rabbi Jonathan Romain has written to his congregation urging them to vote tactically against Labour. I'm not sure it's right...

Giles Fraser

01.11

Becoming formed as well as informed As another election gets going, it's not just information that matters

Elizabeth Oldfield

Thursday
31.10

17:0031.10

The real horror of Halloween Watch out for cars more than ghosts this halloween eve

Peter Franklin

31.10

Spare a thought for the troops whose Christmas just got cancelled The Christmas election is having consequences beyond Westminster

Eleanor Doughty

31.10

Workington Man must be one part of a coalition Onward director Will Tanner responds to Freddie Sayers on the 'Belonging in Politics' report...

Will Tanner

31.10

Obama’s warning on wokeness The former president upsets everybody with an important message

Libby Emmons

Wednesday
30.10

30.10

What about Workington Woman? A new report on 'Workington man' is interesting, but there's no mention of women

Freddie Sayers

30.10

The real reason why people hate vegans The hostility that vegans get from their ‘own side’ is especially intriguing...

Peter Franklin

Tuesday
29.10

29.10

Rory Stewart on Love, Brexit and Boris Johnson Rory Stewart talks to Freddie Sayers about love, Brexit and how Boris Johnson made him feel like an abused wife

Freddie Sayers

29.10

Democratic attitudes to Israel are shifting Listening from Israel, is was hard not to be aware of the gap that exists between US Democrats and the sorts of conversations being had among politicians over here

Giles Fraser

Monday
28.10

28.10

Trouble in Umbria as Salvini soars Italian regional elections aren't exactly headline news in the UK, but what happened in Umbria this weekend matters.

Peter Franklin

28.10

Will climate sceptics save us from global warming? A new report suggests that climate sceptics have more pro-environmental habits than climate activists

Mary Harrington

28.10

‘Never apologise, never explain’ turns out to be right A new study from Columbia University suggests that public figures who apologise are more likely to seen as needing punishment

Ed West

28.10

How capitalism replaced religion Eugene McCarraher's book has been hailed as 'a landmark in American cultural and intellectual history'

Giles Fraser

Saturday
26.10

26.10

Blake’s visionary imagination Jenny Uglow reviews the current William Blake exhibition at the Tate Britain, in this week’s long read pick...

Mary Harrington

Friday
25.10

25.10

Did Oasis cause Manchester’s 21st-century economic boom? One thing I left out of my article on “soft power” the other day was music...

Ed West

25.10

Grace Blakeley: What the Left can learn from Thatcher Freddie Sayers talks to the Left-wing economics writer about what her plans would mean in the real world

Freddie Sayers

25.10

Do Leave voters really think ‘violence is a price worth paying’? The media is constantly saying things about how Brexit extremism and violence and it usually turns out to be overstated

Tom Chivers

25.10

Woke students should think again about jazz hands Oxford University students are moving to encourage jazz hands instead of clapping. But is it actually politically correct?

Giles Fraser

25.10

WeWork tells us what works in the wider economy Could a renewed loss of confidence in the tech sector tip the entire economy into recession?...

Peter Franklin

Thursday
24.10

24.10

Liberals against democracy? Don't miss this magnificently provocative essay from John Gray in the New Statesman..

Peter Franklin

24.10

Five demolished buildings we should rebuild How about nominating buildings that were destroyed in the 20th century by cultural vandals of both the German and British variety, and rebuilding them?

Ed West

24.10

MPs can’t be crybabies Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick revealed on the Victoria Derbyshire programme that some MPs had been in tears during Saturday’s parliamentary sitting — I have to say I find it all a bit feeble....

Paul Embery

Wednesday
23.10

23.10

Time for our political packages to be re-sorted I have been doing some online dating recently which gives you a lot of practise in presenting yourself and in noticing tribal politics in other people.

David Goodhart

23.10

Are Americans becoming less Christian? While Britain and France are way ahead on the path of godlessness, the recent drop in Christian religious identification in the US is pretty staggering...

Ed West

23.10

Northern Ireland could still have MEPs after Brexit Northern Ireland may well have the option to petition The European Courts to have representation in the European Parliament through the continued election of MEPs...

Phillip Blond

Tuesday
22.10

22.10

Watership Down reveals the radical centre, rabbit-style The rabbits of Watership Down, in escaping their doomed warren and seeking to found a new one, show the way to a new political order

Freddie Sayers

22.10

John Simpson’s two thirds idea is half-baked The veteran BBC broadcaster suggests a new supermajority rule - but has he thought it through?

Peter Franklin

22.10

What will singleton society do to politics? More than a third of households now consist of someone living alone...

Ed West

Monday
21.10

21.10

The truth about immigration in Sweden Freddie Sayers talks to Swedish activist Siavosh Derakhti about antisemitism and violence in Malmö

Freddie Sayers

21.10

Will the EU shut down its tax havens? New analysis confirms Ireland is the EU's home grown tax haven

Peter Franklin

21.10

Why I baptised my son without asking him first Liberal arguments against baptism misunderstand the nature of faith...

Giles Fraser

Saturday
19.10

19.10

Weekend Long Read: Inside China’s Gulags In this sobering interview, a survivor of a Chinese 're-education camp' tells her story...

Mary Harrington

Friday
18.10

18.10

Daylight robbery: how lack of sunlight is keeping us awake Lack of sleep is hitting Britain's economic productivity...

Peter Franklin

18.10

Is Nick Cave right about Christianity and Woke Culture? In a recent letter, Nick Cave criticised not just religion, but also atheism, and also woke culture in general...

Giles Fraser

18.10

Why Poland’s Law and Justice Party appeals That Poland currently enjoys an economic growth rate superior to many of its European neighbours should command attention...

Paul Embery

18.10

How Russell Brand won me round The ex-junkie sex-addict comedian is a healthy voice for men in our culture

Elizabeth Oldfield

Thursday
17.10

17.10

Not so fast. Boris Johnson will have an uphill battle with voters Whilst it’s still too early to say how the deal will go down, the Conservative Party leader certainly faces a challenge...

Chris Curtis

17.10

Important news of the day: the Eleanor Cross is safe Yes, the Eleanor Cross in Northamptonshire is off Historic England’s “endangered list” of buildings...

Ed West

17.10

The politics of Donald Trump’s stoopid language Using childish language seems to have served Donald Trump quite well...

Freddie Sayers

Wednesday
16.10

16.10

There is nothing wrong with neoliberalism… as a word ‘Neoliberalism’ is not the loveliest of words, but it is a useful one...

Peter Franklin

16.10

Hassan Damluji: How to build a global nation I sat down with author Hassan Damluji to discuss his new book, The Responsible Globalist...

Freddie Sayers

Tuesday
15.10

15.10

LeBron James kowtows to China Lakers basketball hero LeBron James poured burning oil on already-troubled waters when he appeared to row back from supporting freedom of speech...

Mary Harrington

15.10

Late Capitalism? Don’t you believe it. In the 1930s, the capitalist system faced an existential threat from communism and fascism; but what does it have it worry about today?...

Peter Franklin

15.10

Where’s the EU outrage at Spain’s brutal sentencing of separatists? Can you imagine policemen from the Home Counties being sent up to Glasgow to crack heads because the SNP had dared to hold a referendum?...

Ed West

Monday
14.10

14.10

Trust me, Tony Blair is not as brilliant as you think I’m afraid I just cannot share Freddie Sayers's view that Tony Blair is this brilliant...

Philip Collins

14.10

Sorry Lady Hale, that’s not quite an answer Lady Hale's response to anxieties about legal overreach didn't convince me...

Giles Fraser

14.10

Prince Charles hints at a blueprint for his reign When Prince Charles becomes King, the monarchy will overnight once again become a court of ideas

Freddie Sayers

Saturday
12.10

12.10

Weekend long read: China’s illiberal Confucianism This week’s long read recommendation looks at the rise of authoritarian Confucianism as an increasingly dominant state doctrine in modern China...

Mary Harrington

Friday
11.10

11.10

Why haven’t you seen your friends recently? With our hectic work-lives now increasingly directed by the demands of a 24-hour gig economy, shared time with friends or the old fashioned idea of the family weekend have been destroyed...

Giles Fraser

11.10

How the Knights Templar explain Portuguese politics Historical regions map onto contemporary politics with remarkable accuracy...

Ed West

Thursday
10.10

10.10

Why would anyone buy a negative yield bond?

Peter Franklin

10.10

Tax evading billionaires will put Warren in the White House Well, it's finally happened – America now has a regressive tax system in which the 400 richest families pay a lower effective rate than the poorest 50% of Americans...

Peter Franklin

10.10

You don’t have to be lefty to love Extinction Rebellion Boris Johnson acknowledged that Thatcher was ahead of her time in acknowledging the impact of “greenhouse gases”...

Elizabeth Oldfield

Wednesday
09.10

09.10

Not a soul on the streets for Yom Kippur in Tel Aviv It is not illegal to drive here on Yom Kippur. You can if you want, but people don’t...

Giles Fraser

09.10

Why #WeHeartGermany Survey after survey shows that British people feel very warmly towards Germans...

Ed West

09.10

RIBA makes the right decision, for a change The judges made the right decision in last night’s Stirling Prize...

Nicholas Boys Smith

Tuesday
08.10

08.10

Are socialists liberal? A response to Maajid Nawaz I'd argue that most of the contemporary Left, including the self-declared socialist component, is liberal though-and-through...

Peter Franklin

08.10

When will the Left get over WW2? No sooner had news filtered through that Pizza Express was in trouble when, inevitably, some people suggested nationalising it...

Ed West

08.10

When war becomes like mowing the lawn 'Just war' theory had much to say about when it was morally acceptable to start a war, and very little about how to end them...

Giles Fraser

Monday
07.10

07.10

Why does everyone hate inheritance tax? The case for inheritance tax is a supremely rational one – but that's precisely the problem...

Peter Franklin

07.10

Is Joker meant to be Donald Trump? I worry that in the political furore around Joker, the violent backstory of the iconic Batman character, people might be missing the obvious...

Freddie Sayers

07.10

Why won’t the Islamic Republics criticise China? Both Iran and Pakistan are shamefully silenced by China's economic muscle...

Giles Fraser

Saturday
05.10

05.10

Weekend Long Read: The Myth of Boundless Growth This weekend's long read looks at the implications for our world economy of a future seeking either to prioritise growth or decarbonisation.

Mary Harrington

Friday
04.10

04.10

Satire isn’t as powerful as you think

Giles Fraser

04.10

Urban Guy versus Flyover Man

Freddie Sayers

04.10

Fake blood won’t do it: the climate change movement needs to lead by example A protest to spray the Treasury with fake blood left the organisers red faced...

Peter Franklin

Thursday
03.10

03.10

Marina Hyde’s selective feminism Am I being po-faced, or is Marina Hyde's latest riff on the Conservative Party conference downright misogynistic?