We’re taking back control from Silicon Valley

The future is digital. Hybrid working, speaking to loved ones far away, community organising to send supplies to Ukraine: the internet has made this all so much easier. But so far, we’ve struggled to rein in the wild west of... Read more

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s return is a welcome relief

The release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe from detention in Iran is first and foremost a great relief for her family almost six years after she was arrested on trumped-up charges of spying. The dual-national spent much of that time in prison... Read more

The hubristic West has declared victory over Vladimir Putin far too soon

We must dare to dream, amid the horror, carnage and war crimes, that Vladimir Putin could soon be defeated – or at least forced into an ignominious stalemate. Russia’s conventional forces have proved staggeringly incompetent, crippled by appalling leadership, communications,... Read more

Kate & Koji, review: an uneasy mix of old-fashioned sitcom and woke identity politics

Is Kate & Koji (ITV) the wokest show on television? This is confusing. The writers appear to be aiming for an old-fashioned, Open All Hours sort of comfort comedy, yet every few minutes one of the characters will deliver a... Read more

Council House Swap, review: a show so dreary and dull it seemed to slow down time itself

We can’t expect the television schedules to be all killer and no filler, but Council House Swap (Channel 5) is a programme so dreary that it asks us to care about people looking around a prospective new home and saying,... Read more

Dacia Jogger review: at £196 per month, the UK’s cheapest seven-seater redefines value for money

The car is based of course on the Renault/Nissan Alliance CMF B platform shared by a range of small cars and while there’s obviously a lot of kit you don’t get in the Dacia model, next year the Jogger will... Read more

Liz Truss confirms £400m debt repaid to Iran, as Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe freed

Ms Truss added: Their release is the result of years of hard work and dedication by our brilliant diplomats, and intensive efforts over the past six months. I pay tribute to my predecessors and the Prime Minister, who have all... Read more

Blow for Boris Johnson as he walks away empty-handed from Middle East talks

Downing Street said Mr Johnson and the Saudi leader had also agreed a “UK-Saudi strategic partnership agreement” on defence, security, trade and culture. Number 10 pointed to an investment announcement by the Alfanar group, a Saudi company, in green aviation... Read more

Andrew Bridgen withdraws no confidence letter as Boris Johnson’s ‘partygate’ troubles ease

Another Conservative MP has publicly withdrawn his letter of no confidence in Boris Johnson, citing the Ukraine crisis – in a sign that the Prime Minister’s “partygate” troubles have abated. At a Telegraph event chaired by Christopher Hope on Wednesday,... Read more

Rishi Sunak’s ‘stealth tax’ will bring in £12.5bn more than expected

The Treasury will get £12.5 billion more in revenues from freezing income tax thresholds than originally thought, analysis revealed on Wednesday, fuelling Tory calls for a tax cut. Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, had originally been expected to pull in £8... Read more

How ‘tenacious’ quiet diplomacy helped free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe from her six-year ordeal

Ms Truss, the first female Conservative ever to head up the Foreign Office, approached the Iran talks with two key drives, according to those in her inner circle. One was to build up a personal relationship with the two key... Read more

Brexit made it harder for police to send more fraudsters to jail, say courts

Brexit is to blame for the failure to prosecute more fraudsters, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has claimed. Gregor McGill, the director of legal services at the CPS, told the Commons justice committee that leaving the EU had created problems... Read more

‘Be the leader of the world,’ Volodymyr Zelensky tells Joe Biden as he repeats no-fly zone plea

It was unclear where they were being sent from, but three Nato nations have them – Slovakia, Bulgaria and Greece.  Mr Zelensky appeared to concede Ukraine’s ambition to join Nato would not be realised, choosing not to mention the transatlantic... Read more

Joe Biden brands Vladimir Putin a ‘war criminal’ for the first time

Mr Peskov’s comments indicated that it could further escalate the crisis. At the White House Mr Biden was asked: “After everything we’ve seen are you ready to call him [Putin] a war criminal?” Mr Biden initially said “No” and moved... Read more

‘There was never a personal rift between us’: But does Douglas Ross still have faith in Boris Johnson?

The Scottish Tory leader warned that Ms Sturgeon’s plans for another independence referendum would have a similar impact, with a Bill expected to be tabled at Holyrood shortly. “Bringing forward another divisive independence referendum right now would play into Vladimir... Read more

Alleged mastermind of 9/11 attacks could avoid death penalty with US plea deal

The five men were charged in 2008 with plotting or assisting the hijackers who flew four planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. Lawyers for the five men have requested certain assurances in exchange... Read more

Homes for Ukraine scheme: receive £350 a month, but you have to find your own refugee to sponsor

So if one family takes in one or three Ukrainians they will still receive just £350 a month. But if a charity offers two properties for two groups of refugees they will get £700 a month. The £350 payments will... Read more

Son of Vladimir Putin’s press chief has assets frozen as 370 more Russians face sanctions

Among the other Russian oligarchs targeted by the UK are Mikhail Fridman and German Khan, co-founders of the powerful Alfa-Group, and Pyotr Aven, the head of the Alfa Bank. Between them have a combined estimated worth of more than £100... Read more

The British stocks to buy right now – and the ones to avoid

Stock picking can be hugely lucrative, but finding the time to research individual shares presents a challenge for many DIY investors. Even professional wealth managers outsource the legwork to City analysts.  This valuable research is not typically available to normal... Read more

Questor: our green power pick is still decidedly in the red. Here’s why we are holding on

Faced with such an unpredictable brew of economic and political forces, we should perhaps take a step back and remind ourselves of the original case for investing in Ceres: that it has world‑beating green energy technology and a business model. ... Read more

Crypto investors left in the dark over potentially huge tax bills

Most crypto investors have less than £1,000 invested in digital assets, and so are unlikely to breach the £12,300 capital gains allowance. But Chris Etherington, a cryptocurrency tax specialist at RM, estimated that hundreds of thousands of investors could be... Read more

How to avoid getting stung by looming HMRC penalties

Before HMRC will agree to a Time to Pay arrangement they will want to make sure that you are trying to get your taxes right. That means your tax returns must be up to date – HMRC can’t agree to... Read more

Jewellers accused of profiteering from Ukraine war

Jewellers have been accused of profiteering from the war in Ukraine, by using rising gold prices as a sales tactic to pressure young lovers into buying rings at a higher cost.  The price of gold has risen to £1,460 ($1,900)... Read more

Buy-to-let landlords could see tax bills rise by a third

According to property website Zoopla, UK rental growth hit a 13-year high at the end of last year, with rents up 8.3pc. Lettings agents said investors would increase rental prices further in response to a tax increase. Hamptons also analysed... Read more

Lewis Hamilton is right: every mother should be acknowledged in her child’s name

Like the actresses Lauren Bacall and Tara Fitzgerald, who assumed their mother’s maiden name after their parents divorced, or Michéal Richardson who switched his surname from Neeson to honour his mother, actress Natasha Richardson, after she died in 2009, my... Read more