Booming Boris means business as he leads the chumminess at Nato summit

A Nato summit in Brussels could only mean one thing. An awkward family photo call of the G7 leaders, spaced out like Anthony Gormley statues at weird…

The Boris and Rishi power struggle has left the Tory Party in a muddle

Is Rishi Sunak a fool or a fraud? To a great many people, it has to be one or the other after a mini-budget which seemed to…

Paid to party like a Russian: the end of the stars’ oligarch gravy train

As Robbie Williams belted out his smash hit Angels, hundreds of revellers swayed and sang along. So lavishly lit and impeccably produced was Williams’ performance that he…

The Apprentice: the Final, review: dessert parlours or dog pyjamas? Lord Sugar didn’t seem to want either

Do dogs wear pyjamas? The Apprentice (BBC One) is a programme that sticks so closely to a formula, and contains so few surprises, that only occasionally do…

MPs call time on drunken staff sleeping in parliamentary offices

MPs’ staff have been drunkenly sleeping in the office after missing their trains home after nights out. Sir Charles Walker, the Conservative MP who chairs Parliament’s administration…

Rishi Sunak not a tax-cutting chancellor, say Tories in Spring Statement backlash

Robert Halfon, who led the campaign for a 5p cut in fuel duty, welcomed the move but added: “I am not saying it’s perfect, and they will…

What does the Tory Party stand for?

Rishi Sunak’s Spring Statement has not benefited from closer examination. Many have pointed out that the Chancellor’s attempt to pose as a tax-cutter lacks credibility given that…

Madeleine Albright: Former US secretary of state dies aged 84

She championed Nato expansion and pushed for the transatlantic alliance to intervene in the Balkans to stop the ethnic cleansing of Bosnian muslims. Albright’s experience as a…

‘My 57-strong investment portfolio is an unwieldy mess – how do I fix it?’

Dan Boardman-Weston, chief investment officer at BRI Wealth Management We would suggest that Mr Bennett build a balanced portfolio that includes lower-risk assets such as cash, wealth…

Sunak’s stealth pensions raid is a ‘brutal attack’ on 1.6 million savers

Someone purchasing a joint life inflation linked annuity at the age of 65 with £1,073,100 would receive an income of £24,137 a year before tax, according to…

Landlords’ appeals against quadrupling council tax bills are ‘unwinnable’

Alan Murdie, a housing lawyer and council tax specialist, said: “From my research, there have only been a couple of cases of successful challenges.” One of these…

Wind farms knock 8pc off house prices

There are currently 135 wind farm sites that have been approved but are awaiting construction. A further 50 are awaiting approval. Several hundred more that were previously…

HMRC ‘unfairly’ raises interest rates for two million taxpayers

Sarah Coles of the stockbroker Hargreaves Lansdown said the move was unfair and meant HMRC would make more money from those struggling to pay their bills while…

Questor: this property fund took a beating from the lockdowns but has now bounced back

The good news is that Travelodge appears to be back on its feet now and since the start of the year rents have reverted to levels agreed…

Over-50s dip into life savings to pay for gas bills

Over-50s have raided their pension pots to cover the cost of soaring energy bills and more expensive supermarket shops.  The Office for Budget Responsibility has dramatically revised…

Meet the millionaires who made their fortune using Isas

The number of Isa millionaires at Britain’s biggest stockbroker soared by more than two thirds last year as stock markets bounced back strongly from the pandemic. Hargreaves…

‘Green’ home improvements will cost 15pc more despite Rishi Sunak’s VAT cut

Noble Francis, of the Construction Products Association, a trade body, said: “The reduction in VAT on energy-saving materials from 5pc to 0pc merely makes a dent into…

Workers will pay more tax despite Rishi Sunak’s promise to lessen burden

A £50,000 earner will pay £107 more in National Insurance from July, despite the threshold rise. Someone on £100,000 a year will pay £733 more, while a…

Mark Hix’s three-course spring menu to make this weekend

Spring arrived a bit early this year and all sorts of things have popped up ahead of their natural timing: British asparagus has been on sale in…

Five brilliant value wines to have with roast chicken

Red or white wine with roast chicken? For me, it’s white every time. Chicken is a relatively delicate meat and if you’re roasting the bird quite plainly,…

Parkrun has become a passive-aggressive hot bed of middle-class competition

In the badlands outside Ipswich, a row has broken out over Parkrun. Kevin Ward, a 46-year-old finance director from Kesgrave, resigned from his local junior Parkrun league,…

Who is really the Queen’s ‘favourite family member’?

Super Sophie… will have a good grasp of the loyalty rules There are certain friends who might come to your birthday party (or God forbid, your wedding)…

Britain will never be safe with Armed Forces this weak

Rishi Sunak may believe, as he stated in the Commons yesterday, that a strong economy is our best defence against Russian aggression, but the brutal reality is…

Britain could become a tidal energy superpower

Tidal electricity generation is among the ideas listed by Boris Johnson as a way of avoiding reliance on Putin’s Russia. It is an even stronger candidate than…

Putin’s failures may be making future wars less likely

The renewed Russian invasion of Ukraine has, rightly, resulted in widespread condemnation and outrage by the international community. Many countries have imposed sanctions on Russia, including individual…