We’ve forgotten that peace comes from strength

Like many I was proud to listen to President Volodymyr Zelensky’s address to Parliament this week. His courage has reminded us that brave men and women really can bend the arc of history. Many think Ukraine would have long succumbed... Read more

We’ve allowed narcissistic eco martyrs to booby-trap our energy markets

The skittles are tumbling. Hedge funds that bet on growth are closing down. Central banks have gone back to the drawing board. Across Europe, factories and smelters are already being mothballed. Markets expected to absorb the Ukrainian war without much... Read more

Not even the frivolous can avoid becoming dissidents in Putin’s tyrannical state

The BBC recently aired a Russian documentary about the country’s last independent television station. As it happens, it did so just a few days before “Dozhd Optimistic Channel” was shut down by the Kremlin’s war-driven surge of tyranny. It tells... Read more

The free West is in danger of forgetting why it has always triumphed over dictatorships

Two years ago next week, Britain began to shut down because of Covid-19. Since then, more than six million worldwide are thought to have died from the disease. (A new study by The Lancet even claims 18 million dead.) Although... Read more

Ukrainians coming to Britain under ‘rooms-for-refugees’ scheme to get full welfare benefits

Gerald Darmanin, Priti Patel’s French counterpart, wrote to her on Sunday saying the UK’s approach demonstrated a “lack of humanity” towards those “in distress”. Four days later the Home Secretary eased border rules so Ukrainians can apply for entry to... Read more

Jeremy Hunt calls for massive boost in UK defence spending

Britain should increase defence spending to the same level as the US, Jeremy Hunt has proposed, as he declared: “Peace comes from strength, not luck.” Writing for The Telegraph, the former foreign secretary called the invasion of Ukraine “the biggest... Read more

Lady Shore, senior civil servant who championed the cause of women in medicine – obituary

Lady Shore, who has died aged 94, was a medical academic and expert on manpower in the NHS, and the widow of the Eurosceptic Labour Cabinet minister Peter Shore, who was created a life peer in 1997. Dr Elizabeth Shore... Read more

Ed Balls: ‘What’s a woman? In my house it’s the person who doesn’t cook’

He also does a bit of presenting on Good Morning Britain, and has produced several documentaries for the BBC, one on Donald Trump and another on the social care crisis – prompted by his experiences with his 83-year-old mother, who... Read more

The Treasury must reverse this tax raid

Even now, Rishi Sunak does not seem able to admit to the full scale of the challenge facing the UK economy in the coming months. Yesterday, he warned that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had created significant economic “uncertainty”. That is... Read more

Jacinda Ardern’s party falls behind in polls amid backlash over Covid curbs

Speaking to Television New Zealand, Ms Ardern, who became the world’s youngest female head of government at the age of 37,  admitted that her fellow countrymen were facing one of the hardest moments New Zealand had been through in many... Read more

White House turns to TikTok influencers to counter Russian misinformation on Ukraine

The White House has enlisted TikTok influencers to help in tackling the Ukraine crisis. Thirty of the most followed TikTok stars were briefed by White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, along with key members of the National Security staff. The... Read more

Iran nuclear talks suspended amid claims Russia is obstructing the process

The European Union has announced that talks to revive the deal to limit Iran’s nuclear programme would be paused after last-minute Russian demands threatened to torpedo the negotiations. After 11 months of negotiations, “a final text is essentially ready and... Read more

Myanmar ambassador urged to leave London residence 

Outwardly, the British government has praised Kyaw Zwar Minn’s “brave stand in support of democracy” and a foreign office spokesman told Reuters Britain had provided “significant support” to him to build a life for his family in the UK. But... Read more

By its actions, Germany is propping up Putin’s war machine as much as China

But buying in an extremely tight market would cost an estimated €370bn, compared to €60bn in the last normal year before the pandemic. It would also require slashing demand by 10pc to 15pc. Rationing on this scale is precisely what the... Read more

Sunak tax raid risks tipping UK into recession, warn economists

Rishi Sunak’s tax raid risks plunging Britain into recession, as consumers face the biggest hit to living standards in decades following the Ukraine crisis. Economists have slashed their forecasts for the UK’s outlook this year, warning that soaring oil and... Read more

Lord Lebedev: ‘My father was in the KGB. But I am not some Russian agent’

The 41-year-old is on friendly terms with Boris Johnson, who elevated him to the House of Lords in 2020 naming him “Baron Lebedev, of Hampton in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and of Siberia in the Russian Federation”.... Read more

Douglas Ross: Only Vladimir Putin would benefit from Boris Johnson’s removal right now

Mr Ross extended an olive branch to Mr Johnson on Thursday, disclosing he had withdrawn his letter to the 1922 Committee calling for a vote of no confidence. The Scottish Conservatives also invited the Prime Minister to speak in person... Read more

How Putin could be removed from power – and who would replace him

Barring any such deus ex machina, it is hard to see him standing down voluntarily. He periodically toyed with handing the presidency to a successor, perhaps retaining some “father of the nation” role. However, in a system where politics trumps... Read more

Priti Patel plan for Navy to tackle Channel migrants ‘has failed before it started’, say MPs

However, the policy has yet to be formally unveiled and has been bedevilled by friction between the Home Office and the MoD over whether the Navy will be involved in the controversial “pushback” tactics against migrant boats. The MPs noted... Read more

‘Our stocks don’t fall when other share prices do’

Who is the fund for?   Investors who want income while growing their savings. We aim to generate reliable income and returns that beat inflation over five years.  It gives investors access to the wonderful characteristics of infrastructure: inflation protection, reliable... Read more

Questor: a falling stock market makes these three earlier tips even more appealing

Update: Marks & Spencer The cost of living crisis has weighed on a third earlier tip, Marks & Spencer. Its shares have fallen by a third since the start of the year and now trade on a forecast price-to-earnings ratio... Read more

The Isa trick that will save you thousands of pounds

The stock market, with its ups and downs, can be a difficult place to make money for beginners and experienced investors alike. This can make it feel all the more unfair when investment returns are subject to capital gains tax.... Read more

‘My father nearly missed out on £885k payout because Barclays ignored the ombudsman’

Dear Reader, I phoned Barclays to ask what on earth it thought it was playing at forcing an elderly victim of crime to play stick or twist with his life savings. I said your father needed confirmation that if his... Read more

When will the housing market realise there’s a cost of living crisis and a war?

That is the housing market. The reality, on the other hand, is that affordability is already at a record low, with buyers needing 7.7 times their salary to get on the ladder. Interest rates are rising, which will add hundreds... Read more

‘Making my buy-to-lets safe will cost me £150,000’

Landlords must not be excluded from funding for fire safety works related to the cladding crisis, a cross party group of MPs has urged the Government. The Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee has heavily criticised the Government’s new building... Read more