A blow to economic confidence

The UK economy was stuttering even before the imposition of new restrictions to control omicron. Growth in October came in at just 0.1 per cent, and GDP…

Boris Johnson makes life far too easy for his enemies in the Westminster village

A long time ago, I was a “lobby” journalist – ie, covering Parliament and politics under the special conventions which applied. I enjoyed it very much (I…

Simon McCoy quits GB News as Eamonn Holmes takes on BBC at breakfast

It bolsters GB News’ attempt to seize audience share from BBC Breakfast and ITV’s Good Morning Britain.  ITV dominates the morning commercial TV market with a share…

Mike Nesmith, the Monkees’ John Lennon, was the real deal

Even before the Monkees, Nesmith had composed Different Drum, a bluegrass song that has become something of a country standard, recorded by PP Arnold, Carrie Underwood, The…

Government ‘misled’ watchdog over GCHQ head who quit after helping paedophile priest

The intelligence watchdog was “misled” by the Government over its failure to disclose that the director of GCHQ had resigned because he had helped a paedophile priest…

Northern Ireland prosecutions bill blocked over fears it is preferential towards terrorists

The Defence Secretary has objected to a new law to protect troops and terrorists from prosecution in Northen Ireland because he believes it treats military veterans unfairly….

You must keep schools open come what may, Boris Johnson told

Dame Rachel de Souza, the Children’s Commissioner for England, said: “Schools should always be the last to close and the first to open. I support any measures…

Parliament will overrule European judges on human rights, Dominic Raab to announce

Mr Raab told a committee of peers and MPs this week that he was looking at a mechanism that would allow Parliament to “correct” case law that…

Cut income tax by 2p, Labour’s Rachel Reeves urges Rishi Sunak

A Labour source said: “We want to see lower taxes for working people, but we are too far away from a general election to start setting out…

Bye by-election: Why North Shropshire is Boris Johnson’s own personal referendum

Following the resignation of Owen Paterson over events that fall under the umbrella term of “sleaze”, support for the Conservatives has drained away to the extent that…

Lord Udny-Lister could return as search for Downing Street ‘enforcer’ begins

Mr Johnson strengthened the team of loyalists around him this summer when he brought Ben Gascoigne, his former private secretary, back into his inner circle. Mr Gascoigne…

Six MPs could quit Government in Covid restrictions rebellion

He is also facing a testing “end of term” meeting with fractious backbenchers when the 1922 committee convenes on Wednesday afternoon.  Allies said that – with gossip…

Allegra Stratton video: Who is the Downing Street mole and how did it get leaked on TV?

The leaker: a hero or villain? The leaker of the video – many will consider him or her a heroic whistleblower lifting the lid on bad behaviour…

Leadership challengers begin to stir as Boris Johnson faces biggest rebellion yet

Boris Johnson has been warned that he faces the biggest rebellion of his premiership over new Covid restrictions, as Tory MPs insist there is “no justification for…

Looser mortgage rules will add £17,000 to first-time buyer budget

First-time buyers could borrow tens of thousands of pounds more if the Bank of England goes ahead with plans to loosen its lending rules. Threadneedle Street is…

Rise of the 60-something renter kept off the property ladder by soaring prices

Sarah Coles, of Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “Renters face a ‘Catch-22’, because renting is too expensive for them to save to get onto the property ladder, which then…

Questor: two more divi increases help keep our portfolio’s income up with inflation

The trust said occupancy of its shared ownership portfolio rose to almost 100pc while voids among its retirement homes fell to 7pc in the second half of…

‘Selling oil and gas stocks will crash the economy’

In a day and age when fund groups are keen to promote their “green” credentials, it is rare to hear professional investors speaking up for oil and…

‘How do I take ownership of the lane that leads to my house?’

Dear Property Doctors Three neighbours and I own houses that are on an unadopted, gravel-surfaced lane that was once a used by the farm at the top…

‘My friends lost £36,500 to scammers who posed as the police but Barclays won’t refund them’

The policeman phoned your friend numerous times over the following days and warned him to tell no one about the operation. The scammer claimed the cash had…

Everyone except the Government is getting better at protecting us from scams

Does anything get you in the festive spirit more than seeing the sparkling Coca-Cola truck, or humming along to the wispy wails of the latest John Lewis…

Drivers face ramped up car insurance as companies pack in hidden fees

Car insurers have launched a stealth raid on motorists after increasing hidden fees, costing policyholders hundreds of pounds a year. Drivers now pay around £124 on average…

UK’s rarest cars: 1984 Nissan Laurel, one of only five left on British roads

In the early 1980s, the Laurel was the largest form of Nissan frequently seen on British roads. The 2.8-litre 280C was mostly seen only in brochures, but…

Failing Joe Biden faces a shellacking in 2022

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Boris should not dare follow the EU down the path of mandatory jabs

The European Union is limbering up to force its member states to impose mandatory anti-Covid vaccinations on their citizens. Germany and Austria have opened the batting, so…