Hipster cafes are no match for the Great British greasy spoon

Hungry? Hungover? Overtaken by a craving for bacon, egg, baked beans, sausage and a fried slice? There was a time when the remedy was readily to be found at the local greasy spoon. Steamy windows, formica-topped tables, a cosy fug... Read more

Sussexit is the result of a princely sense of humour failure

As any fool knows, but obviously not crosspatchy Prince Harry and his Missus, the secret to good comedy is – TIMING! Just as the key to great headlines is – RHYMING! It’s a big thing here in Britain; the tabloids... Read more

The Government must be ready to restore freedom as soon as possible

The sight on Saturday of Boris Johnson flanked by Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance, with their often doom-laden graphs and charts, was an unwelcome return to the days when Covid was cutting a vicious swathe through the country. The... Read more

Wobbling Tories should stick with the PM’s bold interventionist vision

The Tories are in a funk. MPs mutter about the Prime Minister. Cabinet ministers jockey for position. Pundits question the purpose and identity of the Government. Some complain ministers are spending too much. Some worry that without tax cuts and... Read more

Doctor Who: Flux, episode 5, review: a sonic screw-up

Pass me a head torch, a compass, a length of rope, marker pens, a stack of Post-Its, a spare pair of trousers and a bulging reference book. No, I’m not going down a pothole to do my homework. I’m just... Read more

Strictly Come Dancing 2021: Week 10 results, live – Tilly Ramsay heads home after losing her third dance-off

Neither celebrity was a stranger to the red light: both Ramsay and Stephenson had appeared in two previous dance-offs. And they were closely matched in many ways, since both had nabbed perfect scores in the past but also had some... Read more

American Rust, review: Jeff Daniels is wasted in this miserable Snore of Easttown

The makers of American Rust (Sky Atlantic, Sunday) will have watched Mare of Easttown with their heads in their hands. A cop in a depressed Pennsylvania town ravaged by drug addiction, called upon to investigate a murder? The comparisons are... Read more

Price of Covid testing kits set to soar in wake of new omicron rules

PCR test prices are set to soar in the wake of the new omicron rules amid warnings that private companies will “hike their prices”. Some providers have already started to raise their prices in the past 24 hours, according to... Read more

Blue Wall Tories could give Boris a bloody nose in Bexley

He feels that Mr Johnson has lost his shine in the 23 months since the 2019 election, and thinks Thursday’s vote will produce a substantially reduced majority for his party. “I think they will take a bit of a battering,... Read more

Boris Johnson should use his levelling up agenda to tackle soaring housing costs, says Theresa May

Millions of families face a cost of living crisis over rents, says Theresa May, as she urges Boris Johnson to put tackling “exorbitant”  housing costs at the heart of his levelling up agenda. In a foreword to a new study... Read more

UK and Israel join forces to stop Iran gaining nuclear weapons

The UK and Israel’s foreign ministers have declared that they will work “night and day” to stop Iran getting a nuclear weapon as they sign a “historic” 10-year plan for deepening ties. In a joint article for The Daily Telegraph... Read more

Brussels’ bid to standardise its rules is a gift to the City

A unified pricing mechanism. Integrated trading. Shared information, and standardised rules. The European Union this week pushed forward with plans for what it calls a “capital market union”. It is attempting to build a common rule book and a single... Read more

Ireland’s elites face a reckoning as Brussels demands higher taxes

The other was Communist East Germany, and Ireland couldn’t build a wall to keep its most talented from emigrating. So something had to change. For Whitaker, that began with the end of protectionism. Whitaker lamented the “vicious circle . .... Read more

Rise of the nanny state puts small state Conservatism under threat

But slashing back the state is no easy task. Health spending as a share of GDP alone has risen from 4pc of GDP to above 7pc in the past 40 years, and is predicted to reach 8.4pc by 2025. Meanwhile... Read more

If people arrive illegally, they must be sent away

The drownings in the Channel last week were the tragic, but entirely predictable, outcome of our longstanding inability to secure our borders. People have been dying in the Channel for years, though not on the same awful scale. Twenty-seven are... Read more

EU banks demand access to City markets in blow for Brussels

The eurozone’s most powerful banking groups have demanded long-term access to London’s multi-trillion dollar derivatives trading market in a fresh blow for Brussels’ plans to seize business from the City. In a joint letter, finance trade bodies said that the... Read more

Action on NHS waiting lists expected as omicron variant lands

New measures to counter the surge in NHS waiting lists are expected to be announced this week as the possibility of fresh restrictions to tackle the omicron Covid-19 variant emerged. A record six million people are already waiting for NHS... Read more

Britain must take responsibility for Channel migrant crisis, say French

Britain must take responsibility for the Channel crisis and make itself “less attractive for migrants”, France’s interior minister said on Sunday at an emergency meeting from which Priti Patel was excluded. Gerald Darmanin and his European counterparts agreed at the... Read more

Let us vote on new Covid restrictions on Tuesday, restless Tory backbenchers urge PM

Tory lockdown critics are demanding a vote on the new Covid restrictions on Tuesday after Sajid Javid said MPs might not be given a say until mid-December.  The changes to regulations that will bring back a mask mandate for certain... Read more

Mask refusniks face £200 fines as ministers warned new Covid rules will be met with ‘high degree of non-compliance’

Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, argued during broadcast interviews on Sunday that the approach on mask mandates made sense. “Doing it in this proportionate way where it’s for public transport, it’s for retail outlets, I think is the right level... Read more

Plan for Christmas as normal despite omicron Covid variant, says Sajid Javid

Mr Javid offered a note of reassurance on Sky News, saying: “I think people should continue with their plans as normal for Christmas and I think it is going to be a great Christmas.” The Health Secretary also said that... Read more

Questor: worried about inflation? This company’s dividend growth plan is the answer

The Bank of England’s latest inflation forecasts make for grim reading. They predict that inflation will remain above 4pc throughout the winter before peaking at around 5pc in April. Of course, those forecasts may already be out of date. Inflation... Read more

A record year for investment trusts – but only these four deserve your attention

Investment trusts are supposed to be century old institutions known for solid but stale strategies, but a spate of new launches have offered DIY savers the chance to own stocks involved in space, hydrogen and “digital infrastructure”. It has been... Read more

Racehorse trainer Mark Johnston: ‘I sold three horses for £1.3m’

Mark Johnston, 62, is a racehorse trainer who found fame in 2009 when he became the first Flat trainer to produce more than 200 winners in a season. He has since repeated this feat eight times, having trained more than... Read more

Foreign holidays killing the British second home buying frenzy

In Cornwall, where second home buyers account for a tenth of sales, the share of homes selling above asking price jumped from 11pc to 32pc. In Dorset, the proportion increased from 8pc to 27pc. Oliver Fairchild, of Goadsby estate agents... Read more