We cannot afford to postpone a return to normality

In the days after omicron was first identified in South Africa, the concern among some scientists was that the brutal logic of exponential growth and the increased transmissibility of the new variant would see the sheer weight of case numbers... Read more

Nicola Sturgeon’s opponents must force her to make a Damascene conversion on Covid rules

This was the week that Nicola Sturgeon appeared to accept that there was more than one way to stop a pandemic surging out of control and that a programme of heavier restrictions simply wasn’t among them. However, if we’re to... Read more

The case for the ‘Colston Four’ was not based on facts, but on political feelings

A Bristol jury this week controversially acquitted the four accused of causing criminal damage to the statue of Edward Colston, the 17th-century slave trader. After the verdict, many people, from Jacob Rees-Mogg Leftwards, have reminded us that the jury system... Read more

How Sarah Beeny became the most smug woman on TV

In the end, it was the Beeny boys’ bedrooms that well and truly crossed the fixer-upper Rubicon here in Woods Towers. My husband, who has been known to patiently endure any number of George Clarke’s bifold-doors-into-the-garden big reveals and gets... Read more

Nicola Sturgeon feels the heat as four in 10 Scots in hospital for ‘non-Covid illnesses’

It found that the proportion of people who needed hospital care after getting the virus dropped from 12 per cent in January 2021 to one per cent in December. When age was taken into account, the report said people were... Read more

Labour MP attacks Attorney General for ‘playing politics’ with Colston statue verdict

It is feared that other protesters could deploy similar defences, prompting widespread criticism, including in an exclusive article for The Telegraph by Lord Sumption, the former Supreme Court judge, who warned that the verdict “undermined the rule of law”. However,... Read more

Premier League stars who refuse Covid vaccine could be barred from playing matches

European matches could mean players miss domestic fixtures The change could cause serious disruption for Premier League clubs. Some 16 per cent of Premier League players – around one in six – have still not had a single Covid vaccination... Read more

Hillsborough Law to support bereaved families backed by Gordon Brown and Theresa May

Mr Brown, the former Labour prime minister, ordered the creation of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, which in 2012 went on to reveal police failings and eventually led to the quashing of the accidental verdicts from the first inquests. Speaking on... Read more

Treasury set for £1bn ‘VAT windfall’ from rise in household energy bills

Craig Mackinlay, who chairs the Net Zero Scrutiny Group, said: “This windfall should not be accepted by the Treasury or, if received, it should be targeted at hard-pressed families.” However, a Treasury source said: “We don’t recognise VAT windfall receipts... Read more

Britain must look beyond Brussels in the face of a hostile EU

As Britain enters 2022 many challenges face us, including a largely hostile continent.  One hundred years ago the world moved on from a deadly pandemic, with the following decade being defined as the ‘Roaring Twenties’.  Will the 2020s be defined... Read more

A revolt on the Right is brewing — and I’m ready to be part of it

Conservative MPs in Red Wall seats have got the jitters, and so they should. Two polls at the weekend are causing the alarm. One puts Labour 16 per cent ahead in those key seats that Boris Johnson would need to... Read more

The Telegraph weekly news quiz: Which company became the world’s first $3 trillion business?

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A philosophical reset can save Boris from disaster

Boris Johnson likes to compare himself to Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher, but unfortunately the atmosphere among the parliamentary Conservative Party at present leads rather more to reminiscing about the premierships of Edward Heath and John Major. That is why... Read more

Fourth Covid vaccines won’t be necessary, say JCVI experts

Fourth Covid vaccines are not currently needed, government scientific advisers have said, amid increasing evidence that the omicron strain is much milder than previous variants. On Friday night, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) announced that booster jabs... Read more

Novak Djokovic’s predicament may well be politics at play … but many believe it serves him right

Djokovic is due to spend the next three days in his hotel room in Melbourne until a court case on Monday that will decide his fate. His lawyers have brought an injunction to prevent what would have been Djokovic’s immediate... Read more

Boris should seize his Thatcher moment to take on the selfish unions ruining our schools

Now this is one school strike I can get behind. Faced with a demand to wear masks all day in lessons, pupils are in revolt. In one school in the north of England, reportedly just 67 out of 1,300 students... Read more

Labour MP Jack Dromey dies aged 73

The Labour MP Jack Dromey has died aged 73, his family announced on Friday night, weeks after his wife Harriet Harman said she would stand down at the next election. The father-of-three, a lifelong trade unionist who represented the seat... Read more

Leaseholders to be spared huge cladding bills

It marks the latest attempt by ministers to draw a line under what has blown up into a significant scandal, partly due to blunders that critics say were avoidable.  Tory MPs had complained of “shocking incompetence” after former housing secretary... Read more

Mike Pompeo: I lost six stone in six months by giving up pancakes

Mike Pompeo has told how he lost over six stone without a trainer or dietician by giving up pancakes and exercising in his basement. Mr Pompeo, 58, is now virtually unrecognisable from when he was Donald Trump’s secretary of state... Read more

Former Energy Secretary Amber Rudd joins board of British Gas owner

Mr O’Shea also suggested measures such as suspending VAT on energy bills and financial support for the most vulnerable customers. He insisted British Gas, the UK’s biggest supplier with about 9m customers, “hasn’t asked for a bailout, we don’t want... Read more

Parents of gravely ill children could win legal right to seek treatment abroad under ‘Charlie’s Law’

The proposals are contained in a House of Lords amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill tabled by Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, a professor of palliative medicine. They will be debated in the Lords next week, though there is... Read more

Face masks in schools are ‘dystopian’, says Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson

Rev Chalke said staff absence levels across all the schools in his trust was running at around 10 per cent, but believed this could rise as term goes on. One of his schools, in Birmingham, was partially closed this week... Read more

Boris Johnson’s private secretary accused of hosting another ‘lockdown breaking’ garden party

He also claimed loosely that Mr Johnson was aware of other parties which had taken place in 2021 and pictures of the gatherings, though provided no specifics or proof. In the blog post, Mr Cummings claimed that on May 20... Read more

Halifax warns house price rises will slow after growing 9.8pc in 2021

Halifax has warned house price growth will falter this year after “defying expectations” in 2021 with the biggest increases seen in almost two decades.  Property values rose by 9.8pc in the year to December, according to the lender, after climbing... Read more

Ask the expert: ‘What’s the best replacement for my comfortable Saab?’

Alex Robbins is contributing editor at Telegraph Cars where, as well as responding to readers’ queries, he also contributes reviews of new and used cars, together with articles on buying and selling.  His knowledge of the used car market informs... Read more