Post-Covid truancy is everyone’s problem

One of the great scandals of the lockdown era was what seemed to be an indifference to the plight of children and the dreadful challenges they faced as a result of draconian restrictions on schools. Throughout the pandemic, teaching unions... Read more

Britain does not have a presidential system

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the Commons, is as steeped in the ways of Parliament as any politician. Yet he has advanced a novel interpretation of how the constitution works in an attempt to shore up the position of Boris... Read more

The PM’s enemies came to scoff, but in the end, it was Parliament’s own Billy Bunter who took the cake

Keir Starmer has never quite grasped the rough-and-tumble theatrics of PMQs – but pinning down the PM on specifics: inconsistencies, times, dates and so on, should surely have played to his prosecutorial strengths – or so you’d think. Unfortunately for... Read more

The Conservatives face 1997-style annihilation if they don’t stop this drift

Time is running out for the Conservative Party: the epidemic of rule-breaking, broken promises and generalised incompetence and carelessness are trashing not just the PM’s reputation but that of all Tories. Without drastic, urgent action, the party will be sucked... Read more

Pam & Tommy, review: Nineties sex-tape drama tries to have its cake and ogle it

But alongside this ripe heist tale, director Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya) and writer Robert D Siegel (The Wrestler) are keen to explore the Anderson and Lee relationship. The marriage blazed brightly – they got hitched days after meeting in a... Read more

By learning to read at 51, the inspirational Jay Blades has shown it’s never too late

Criticism of celebrity-led documentaries is valid – do television executives believe audiences will only engage with issues when a famous person is front and centre? However, sometimes it works, as in Jay Blades: Learning to Read at 51 (BBC One).... Read more

Katie Price’s Mucky Mansion, review: Channel 4 should be better than this worthless vehicle

You might think that Katie Price’s recent conviction for drunk driving while disqualified and uninsured, leading to her fifth driving ban and an observation by a judge that she thinks herself “above the law”, would make Channel 4 think twice... Read more

Markets jitter on Russian fears – here’s what investors should do

“Cut losses and take steps to be diversified. Only investment money that can afford to be lost should be in more speculative investments,” said Mr Hobbs.  Myron Jobson, of fund shop Interactive Investor, echoed this. He said drip-feeding money into... Read more

Will there be a recession in 2022? How to shield your wealth

Pressure is building on households in Britain. The cost of living crisis looms large and low interest rates mean that the value of our money is falling fast. Many people can still feel the lingering effect of the Covid recession... Read more

How to maximise your savings by investing wisely

Many people will have started 2022 by taking out a gym subscription or hiring a personal trainer – but setting resolutions for your financial health is equally important. Investing is one of the best ways to make your money grow. Over... Read more

Five pension mistakes that could cost you thousands – and how to avoid them

The coronavirus crisis has had an impact on everyone’s finances over the last two years – for better or worse – and many over-55s have been forced to turn to their pension to plug the income gap.  “Drawing down” from your pension, however,... Read more

Landlord loopholes: how to sell your buy-to-let and pay less tax

She added that HM Revenue & Customs would quickly disqualify someone from Private Residence Relief if it seemed as though they had simply moved into the property to pay less tax.  Chris Etherington of RSM, another accountancy firm, said moving... Read more

How to help your children buy a home – and cut your inheritance tax bill

The so-called “Bank of Mum and Dad” helped half of all first-time buyers onto the property ladder last year, with parents gifting or loaning an average of £58,000.  Family members handed out a record £9.8 billion to their children in... Read more

Questor: tech stocks are tumbling – this is why you shouldn’t sell them

The stock market has not had the best start to the year – the FTSE 100 has lost almost 3pc in the past three trading days alone – but the damage among technology shares has been much worse: the Nasdaq‑100 index,... Read more

Investors turn to China to beat stock market chaos in the West

Sharukh Malik, manager of the Guinness Best of China fund, agreed Chinese stocks appeared cheap on a historic basis. “At a 12.6 times multiple of 2022 earnings, they are valued at an 8pc discount to the average over five years,... Read more

‘I bought antiques from a friend for £100, but they’re worth thousands – should I tell him?’

Dear Moral Money,  I’ve been helping my friend clear out his recently deceased father’s house. I found some old antiques in a cardboard box while clearing the garage, including some old watches and lighters, which he suggested we throw out. ... Read more

Freelancers charged higher tax rates after taking Covid grants

Freelancers who claimed Covid-support grants have been dragged into paying 40pc higher-rate tax because of a quirk in how they file accounts.  Self-employed workers face paying double the amount of tax than others making exactly the same amount of money,... Read more

Our state pension is sexist – we need to change it

It was introduced to get rid the system of dozens of complexities – many of which were based on different treatment of men and women. But those differences benefitted women.  Under the old system married, widowed, or divorced women could... Read more

Your pay rise will be scrapped unless National Insurance hike is cancelled

Helen Dickinson of the British Retail Consortium, another trade association, said just like consumers, businesses faced a cocktail of higher bills, including for National Insurance and energy, as well as “rising wage bills, increased transport costs, and increased checks and... Read more

Can driverless cars ever truly make human choices?

Happily, for those seeking a universal rule book for AVs, they discovered that we all share a “big three” basic rules: we choose to prioritise human lives over animal lives; would save more lives over fewer; and children before others.... Read more

Watching ITV… and other things we once saw as common

So you can imagine how the recent burst of correspondence on The Telegraph’s letters page, about things their parents deemed “common”, made me squirm with recognition. Telegraph readers were tickled by Anita Singh’s review of Keeping Up with the Aristocrats... Read more

Cancel the croissant, we should all be having a full English

That may be true (witness the £20 Hawksmoor breakfast) – and it’s hard to imagine life in the capital without The Wolseley, which may serve a fry-up but could never really be called a greasy spoon. However in my neighbourhood,... Read more

Only when we get over our testing obsession can a cough be ‘just a cough’ again

The UK has upped its capacity for delivery of lateral flow tests to seven million a day, while 100,000 more PCR booking slots per day have been made available since mid-December. But is all this preventing us from, rather than... Read more

‘I was sexually assaulted by an NHS co-worker – it’s time for healthcare’s MeToo moment’

It happened when I was a junior doctor in my 20s, working in one of the largest NHS trusts in England. Over a number of months, a member of the theatre team gradually increased his physical contact with me. It... Read more

The woke push to cancel fairy tales lets daylight into the magic

Once Upon a Time there was a boy called Jack who traded in his cow for beans in order to demonstrate the merits of agri-entrepreneurship. But a wicked giant lived at the top of the beanstalk and all the exceedingly... Read more