The young and woke are now embracing their inner gammon

It was hard to suppress a smirk at the news that an allotment has become the latest must-have for the eco-conscious and sustainability-obsessed young. New research from the University of Sussex even suggests that city allotments and vegetable patches can... Read more

Johnson avoids an end-of-term pasting by yelling loudest and fastest

Yet with his foe on the ropes, Sir Keir Starmer inexplicably decided to down his knuckleduster in favour of a feather duster. He began by presenting the Prime Minister with a blank cheque. “If further votes are needed to save... Read more

Boris is dooming Britain to a dismal cycle of never-ending lockdowns

When will this nightmare end? Next year? The year after? Are ruined Christmases the new normal? Britain, in common with much of the West, failed to learn the lessons from the first phases of the pandemic, and now faces a... Read more

Portrait Artist of the Year, review: Barry Humphries was the very model of wit in this vibrant finale

It’s hard to think of a better sitter for Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the Year final than Barry Humphries. The artist formerly known as Dame Edna, or Sir Les Patterson, or Sandy Stone, depending on your vintage, came on... Read more

Christmas at Castle Howard, review: Bah! Humbug to this glorified sales brochure

Like a schmaltzy movie you’ve seen a thousand times, the familiar becomes acceptable, even desirable, at Christmas time. That’s lucky for Channel 4’s Christmas at Castle Howard because this was a type of documentary that’s become a genre in itself:... Read more

Natalie Palamides: Laid, Soho Theatre: daring and inventive – and that’s more than un oeuf

Come and see a silly clown show about eggs, they said. How delightful, I thought. Just the thing to lighten the heart in the run-up to Christmas. Reader, be warned: Natalie Palamides’s Laid is, indeed, a silly clown show about... Read more

Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!, Sadler’s Wells, review: a witty, wonderful, rip-roaring spectacular

I’m going to resist the temptation to describe the subsequent transformation scene: suffice it to say that it’s a terrific coup de théâtre, and that the following dissolve between the orphanage and the frozen lake on which Clara and co... Read more

‘This will be a watershed moment in our democracy’: Readers on No 10’s Covid pass plan

‘I am very grateful for the PM’s commitment and leadership in this pandemic’ @G.T. D.B: “Boris has done a fantastic job for his country when he was asked to make life-saving decisions for us in this pandemic. Never forget his... Read more

Christmas party photo used against the Tories in fight for North Shropshire by-election votes

On Sunday, Nadhim Zahawi, the Education Secretary, told Times Radio that by-elections have “historically been used as a protest vote because people know it’s not going to change the outcome of which party governs the country, but actually they want... Read more

Wednesday evening UK news briefing: ‘Records will be broken’ warns Prof Chris Whitty as omicron spreads

At Prime Minister’s Questions, Sir Keir Starmer accused Mr Johnson of being “too weak to lead”, after suffering the worst Tory rebellion since taking the reins over the introduction of Covid passports.  In her latest Write to Reply column, Sherelle... Read more

Boris Johnson names 7/7 bombings judge Baroness Hallett to lead Covid inquiry

A retired Court of Appeal judge who led inquests into the 7/7 terror attacks and Iraq has been appointed to chair the Covid-19 inquiry, Boris Johnson has announced. Baroness Hallett, a crossbench peer, will take up the post in spring... Read more

Tearing up Northern Ireland Protocol risks £500m of taxpayers’ money

In October, DUP MP Ian Paisley said Boris Johnson told him he would “tear up” the protocol, which grants Northern Ireland access to both the UK and EU markets. At least one major contract worth £360m would still have to... Read more

European energy policy makes the rich richer

A summit of the European Council will be held on Thursday. This time there will be an important debate on energy policy as part of a discussion on the post-pandemic economic recovery. This debate has a direct bearing on the... Read more

How Boris Johnson’s magic died at the 1922 Committee ahead of shattering Commons rebellion

The Prime Minister pressed on. The UK was facing some of the most difficult circumstances this country has faced for generations, he said, adding: “We are going to do the right thing by our people and our country tonight.” He... Read more

Blow for Boris Johnson as all six leaders of 1922 Committee join rebellion against Covid passports

All six officers of the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative MPs joined the rebellion over Boris Johnson’s plan for Covid passports, it has emerged. It came as Tory MPs were told they can email letters of no confidence in Boris... Read more

Tory Covid rebels deal hammer blow to Boris Johnson’s authority

The vote came less than an hour after the Prime Minister had sought to convince rebels to back his Plan B restrictions by addressing the 1922 Tory backbench committee. Mr Johnson used the face-to-face meeting to urge his fellow Tories... Read more

Questor: A booming property market means that there is more to come from these three tips

Since our original tip, Bellway has further strengthened its market position. For example, in its latest financial year the company increased the size of its owned and controlled land bank by 25pc and it now has more than 56,000 plots.... Read more

‘HMRC tax delays mean I will lose my house by the end of the month’

Another wrote she was also waiting on a five-figure refund after overpaying tax on a pension withdrawal. The taxpayer pleaded for help saying the money was her only income.  “HMRC appear to be a law unto themselves with taxpayers money... Read more

Chaos for landlords as Purplebricks evictions rendered invalid

Jonathan Davidson, of Broudie Jackson Canter solicitors, said the Purplebricks blunder would cost landlords currently trying to evict tenants another £5,000 on top of the fines for inadequate deposit documentation. He said: “Landlords will face extra bills if their eviction... Read more

‘My staff want to work from home – is it wrong to force them to come to the office?’

Dear Moral Money, I own a small business that does strategic communications for a number of mid-sized companies. I have eight full-time employees, most of whom have been with me for at least four years.  Everything used to run so... Read more

Pension triple lock ‘must be reinstated’ to protect from the ravages of inflation

The Government is under pressure to U-turn on its controversial decision to suspend the state pension “triple lock”, as soaring inflation eats away at pensioner incomes.  Inflation has surged to its highest level in a decade at 5.1pc but the... Read more

Students and consumers in line for shock bill hikes

Interest rates on student loans could become as expensive as credit cards, after inflation hit its highest level for 30 years.  Graduates face paying interest rates of more than 10pc next year, while rail tickets, phone contracts, car taxes and... Read more

Plug-in car grant and eligibility slashed

The price cap for passenger cars that are eligible for the grant has been reduced from £35,000 to £32,000, with the grant itself reduced from £2,500 to £1,500. Commercial vehicles are also affected, with the large van grant falling from... Read more

Electric car grants slashed for second time this year

Electric car sales doubled in November to account for one in every five purchases as the switch away from petrol and diesel vehicles gathers pace.  Almost a third of new cars sold were either pure electric or a petrol/electric hybrid,... Read more

How cheap is your car to fix? Huge disparity in repair costs revealed

Other small cars to feature in this group are the Citroen C1, Hyundai i10, Honda Jazz and Suzuki Swift.  The surprise of the top 10 for repair costs is that the Mercedes SLK is the second cheapest car to repair.... Read more