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The story is closer to science fiction than political journalism, but anything will do during the days of late August.
Sometimes it’s helpful to have a rabble-rousing journalist as prime minister.
Media coverage brushed aside the fact my suggestion of an “emergency cabinet” was in inverted commas, and never meant to be taken literally.
He saw people like the ones he knew – market traders, small-town people – on the stage, and said to himself, “I’m going to do that.”
A breathtakingly glib solution to a problem that really wasn’t that pressing in the first place.
The party’s urgent fight for its traditional heartlands in an era of evaporating loyalties.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
Can Matteo Salvini’s march to power be thwarted?
Eleven years on from the crisis of 2008, we are entering a co-ordinated global slowdow, and policymakers must not be complacent.
The self-mythologising special adviser is built on studied dishevelment, maverick energy and excoriating irreverence.
Never before has Britain had so many qualified graduates. And never before have their qualifications amounted to so little.
Our favourite game was a platform adventure called Croc: Legend of the Gobbos. Now that 20-odd years have passed and my friend has died, I dream about Croc.
Controversial abortion laws threaten to bring a woman’s right to choose back before America’s highest court.
The German people were seduced by Hitler’s message of glorious blood sacrifice – right up until it needed to be paid.
This brave, terse, unsettling novel provides yet more evidence of Levy’s skill.
How information is weaponised in our divided age.
The former foreign secretary seeks to explain Iran’s deep suspicion of Britain.
Dyson writes with honesty and humour of his life in the law.
A new poem by Grey Gowrie.
These three distinct, urgent works act as a manifesto for art.
Written by Aisling Bea and starring her and Sharon Horgan as two sisters, This Way Up is quietly powerful.
The spirit of rave is back in music, film, art and even political protest. Could it be not just a re-enactment of the past, but a roadmap for the future?
Lead actor Antonio Banderas has a tentative charm – but he’s fighting a losing battle against the lugubriousness of the material.
Anna Fitch’s joyful film gets us closer to a highly intelligent animal that has three hearts and blue blood.
At its best, this is a podcast that sounds like it was mooted in a pub one night – and then someone turned up the following morning with a recording device before Plant could change his mind.
At sea, cooking requires creativity, foresight and inventive seasoning.
By some miracle I picked a pair that fit the window space neatly, and have spent weeks admiring the way they work so well. Look, they close! And look! They open! Hours can be spent doing this.
As I wave him off I am smiling and telling him I hope he has fun, while duplicitously screaming inside, I HOPE IT WILL SOON BE CANCELLED AND YOU COME HOME SAFELY.
The musician talks the Beatles, Halakhic Man by Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, and the urgency of climate change.
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