We should respond early to omicron trends

When I was outside Government last year, I made several interventions highlighting the social and economic costs of the pandemic. Then, when I found myself parachuted at high speed into this job six months ago, I made clear that I... Read more

Holy Land Christians are at threat of extinction

I have the privilege to serve and lead the Franciscan Friars living in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East. For over 800 years, we have honoured a sacred calling as custodians of the sacred sites in this Holy... Read more

Lord Frost’s resignation forces Conservatives to ask what they stand for

Lord Frost’s courageous resignation is a turning point in the history of this administration. A man of integrity, accomplishment and, crucially, principle, he was essential to achieving our withdrawal from the EU, when the cause seemed lost, and was negotiating... Read more

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 Final: Rose and Giovanni lift the Glitterball in emotional finale

Rose Ayling-Ellis was the hot favourite going into the final – and even more so when competitor AJ Odudu was forced to pull out with an injury, though John Whaite fought her all the way. But the EastEnders actress is... Read more

Gomorrah, season 5, review: Roberto Saviano’s Mafia epic goes out in style

He knows, too, when to keep a low profile and, having just wiped out several mortal enemies, is currently hiding in a bunker, separated from wife Azzurra and son Pietro. He is, however, still at work attempting to eliminate the rival... Read more

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 Final, review: historic night as Rose and Giovanni are crowned champions

The finalists had been introduced dancing in front of huge glowing stars in an opening pro dance to the strains of Boy Meets Girl’s Waiting for a Star to Fall. Later there was a guest-turn by Ed Sheeran who, ever... Read more

Peggy For You, Hampstead Theatre review: Tamsin Greig plays it cool in this biting classic

It’s late at night, or early in the morning, towards the end of the 1960s. Margaret “Peggy” Ramsay – the foremost play agent of her time, her client list a roll-call of post-war playwriting talent – is reclining on her... Read more

Boris Johnson is a classical Greek hero: The audience is waiting for him to fall

Boris is also fond of quoting The Iliad, the epic in which Achilles’s notorious heel is perhaps a metaphor for his unwillingness to acknowledge weaknesses: vainglorious contempt for prudence, touchy insistence on his own supposed rights, egotism stronger than patriotism... Read more

Sage seeks ‘immediate’ curtailment of indoor mixing, putting Christmas gatherings at risk

Instead, they are suggesting imposing restrictions until everyone has had a chance to have their booster vaccination, plus an additional two weeks to allow immunity to build. That would mean restrictions are in place until the second half of January... Read more

Lord Frost resigns as Brexit Minister over Covid Plan B and direction of Boris Johnson’s Government

Lord Frost has told Boris Johnson that he is resigning from the Cabinet due to “disillusionment” with the direction of the Government. The Brexit Minister, who was leading Mr Johnson’s post-Brexit negotiations with the EU, is said to have quit... Read more

Lord Frost quits the Cabinet as Boris Johnson considers Christmas Covid lockdown

But Cabinet members were said to have warned that the country risked falling into a cycle of annual winter restrictions if the Government continued to resort to draconian measures, even when much of the population has received a Covid-19 vaccine. ... Read more

Patriotism on the wane among young Left-wing Americans, with only five per cent saying US is best

When it came to Left-wing respondents aged 18-29, a paltry five per cent believed that the US was the finest nation on the globe. More than half of this cohort (55 per cent) said they felt that other countries were... Read more

Former senior aide to Boris Johnson urges him to replace his chief of staff as part of major reset

Meanwhile, Danny Kruger, a ministerial aide in Michael Gove’s Levelling Up department, and Miriam Cates, another member of the 2019 intake of MPs, write in The Telegraph that the Conservatives “need a new way forward”. They warn that the party... Read more

Rishi Sunak weighing emergency measures for hospitality and tourism amid ‘unofficial lockdown’

The Confederation of British Industry warned of a “lockdown by stealth,” as Britons subsequently began steering clear of social gatherings and hospitality venues. The CBI and other industry bodies have said that businesses will need a fresh support package, akin... Read more

The Conservative Party needs to show its faith in the intelligence and capabilities of the people

We lost North Shropshire on Thursday for the simple reason that our supporters didn’t turn out in sufficient numbers to resist the tactical alliance of our opponents. Why was this? What has gone wrong with the reputation of the Conservative... Read more

How angry Tories reacted to the shock by-election defeat in North Shropshire

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Veteran Tory MP and treasurer of the backbench 1922 Committee “I think we’ve got to calm down. This was a very bad result but it wasn’t unexpected and it does reflect what’s been going on in the... Read more

Boris Johnson’s handling of the Owen Paterson sleaze scandal was the ‘kiss of death’ for the Tories

Andy Whitemore, 73, reflected on the result while out shopping with his wife Alison. “I’m not surprised [Morgan’s] won,” says Andy. The pair had also noticed the strength of the Lib Dem campaign, which even included handwritten notes from the... Read more

Apathy, anger and a PM ‘losing his grip’: how Tory woes, not local issues, decided the North Shropshire by-election

Despite Labour finishing in second place at the last general election in 2019, a consensus quickly emerged that it was the Lib Dems who were most likely to unseat the Tories in the seat. With Labour focussed on the campaign... Read more

The bloated public sector is stifling any chance of a strong recovery

In November, despite the furlough scheme ending and despite older workers opting for early retirement in worryingly high numbers, there were 257,000 more people in work than there were a month earlier. Perhaps even more remarkably, there were 424,000 more... Read more

We oldies had our moment – we cannot ask the young to lockdown again now

According to the QCovid risk calculator run by the University of Oxford, a male aged 60 with no risk factors has a 2.3 percent chance of dying of Covid following a positive test. For an 80-year-old man, it’s 16 per... Read more

The forgotten Covid cohort who will leave school without sitting an exam

Michael Smyth, Director of Studies at St Mary’s Calne, a girls independent school in Wiltshire, doesn’t believe that you can compare the work done by the Covid Cohort with any other group, either positively or negatively. “‘Grade inflation’ is the... Read more

Vaccine passports are an ‘affront to British and democratic values’ and do not work, says government aide

A government aide has said vaccine passports are an “affront to British and democratic values” and “do not work”. Joy Morrissey MP – who last week accused Professor Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, of trying to turn Britain into... Read more

Covid 10-day isolation period could be shortened to a week with the same effect, says Prof Lockdown

Sage predicts a significant increase in hospital admissions, to roughly 3,000 a day.  However, a comparable increase has not played out in South Africa, where the outbreak started, and clinicians have reported that cases appear to be less severe. Evidence... Read more

How ‘green’ investing could cost you a fortune in 2022

Britain’s highest dividend payers will be “sin stocks” in 2022, in a blow for green, income-seeking investors.  The highest yielding stocks for 2022 will be miners Evraz, BHP and Rio Tinto, which boasted forecast yields of 17pc, 11pc and 10pc... Read more

Rising interest rates trigger fears of house price falls

The persistent strength of both the labour market and inflation suggest that the Bank could be pushed to raise rates higher than anticipated, said Mr Wishart. Job vacancies are at record highs and inflation in November hit a 10-year high.... Read more