Holby City, final episode, review: the most poignant love letter to the NHS since London 2012

“I knew on day one I’d found my place in the world,” came her disembodied narration. “Somewhere I belonged. This is what the NHS means to us. Not a badge on a cabinet minister’s lapel. Not a number down the... Read more

Banned! The Mary Whitehouse Story, review: a wild ride through Britain’s tortured sexual psyche

Whitehouse was made to appear – perhaps not unfairly – the out-of-touch, comically repressed, bigoted caricature we think of today, tat-tattering on her typewriter with pursed lips, tutting at Alf Garnett’s blasphemy and despairing at I Am the Walrus. This... Read more

Russia has increased Arctic military presence since Ukraine invasion, says Ben Wallace

Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron (SRS) teams launched from a “hunter-killer” submarine for “subsurface insertion” missions, which required them to surveil rocky shores in Lyngenfjord, within the Arctic Circle, while “enemy” troops searched for them. The SRS is drawn from a... Read more

Why Brexit is not to blame for slump in UK trade

Remainers have jumped on comments by Rishi Sunak as evidence that leaving the European Union was economic folly. “It was always inevitable that if you change the exact nature of your trading relationship with the EU that was going to... Read more

Joe Biden spotted with cheat-sheet as White House attempts to avoid another gaffe

Joe Biden was spotted holding a cheat-sheet as he clarified his claim that Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power”, in an apparent attempt to avoid another gaffe. The comment in a speech in Warsaw over the weekend triggered an international... Read more

The Met’s Partygate secrecy is wrong

It has now been established that some of the gatherings in Downing Street during the pandemic lockdowns were unlawful. The Metropolitan Police has asked the Criminal Records Office to issue 20 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to officials and others who... Read more

French presidential candidates blunder on cheese, race and basic geography in TV classroom exchange

Ridicule was also in store for far-Right runner Eric Zemmour, whose campaign has been heavily based on diatribes against Islam, immigration and the “great replacement” of indigenous French by foreigners. One pupil of North-African origin asked the 63-year-old, who the... Read more

My hole-in-one is not fake news, insists Donald Trump

Three years earlier Golf Digest said he was a “legitimate 4 handicap” and the “real deal” as a golfer. However, in a 2019 book called “Commander in Cheat” the sports writer Rick Reilly accused him of cheating and sabotaging opponents.... Read more

Covid outbreak exposes major holes in China’s pandemic strategy

These numbers are “disastrously low”, according to Paul Mainwood, a Covid analyst, and only marginally better than Hong Kong – where roughly a third of those over 80 have had two jabs. In recent weeks the city has been battered... Read more

The Queen stands unbowed and utterly determined in ultimate tribute to Prince Philip

Later, Princess Beatrice was seen to give a small chuckle as the Dean of Windsor said of her grandfather: “He could be somewhat sharp in pricking what he thought to be bubbles of pomposity or sycophancy.” As the congregation sang... Read more

In full: The order of service for Prince Philip’s memorial service

The Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip is taking place at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday and will feature a number of hymns and readings that were not possible at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral last year due... Read more

Prince Philip memorial guest list: Prince Andrew attends first public engagement in months

The ceremony was also attended by around 30 foreign royals, many of whom were on the pre-pandemic guest list to Prince Philip’s funeral. They included Denmark’s Queen Margrethe, Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, the King and Queen of... Read more

More money may be needed to defend Britain, warns Ben Wallace

Mr Wallace stressed that “for the first time in many decades” the MoD was set to come in on budget this year, but warned that it may need to change how its money is spent in light of the Ukraine... Read more

Tory MP sexually assaulted teenage boy at party, court told

A Tory MP asked a teenager if he was “a true Scotsman” and lifted the youth’s kilt before sexually assaulting his 15-year-old brother in a bunkbed, a court has heard. Imran Ahmad Khan, 48, elected as the MP for Wakefield... Read more

What is in potential Russia-Ukraine peace deal? Security guarantees but Nato ambition taken off the table

That led to the Euromaidan protests, which were followed by Russia’s seizure of Crimea and the beginning of the war in 2014. Even if Russia does agree, hurdles remain in Brussels. The reaction when Kyiv put in an urgent application... Read more

Free Covid tests for all will end when latest wave is over

Health and care workers with symptoms will continue to be eligible for tests. Hospital patients will be offered PCR tests in cases where it is thought necessary, such as before operations. Free tests will also continue to be offered to... Read more

‘I have nothing to hide’, claims Lord Lebedev as details of peerage could be made public

The other sought “minutes of, submissions relevant to and electronic communications relating to” meetings between the Cabinet Office or Mr Johnson’s office and Lord Lebedev. Labour took the unusual step of using what is known as a “humble address” procedure,... Read more

‘Partygate’ police ‘hiding behind’ Leveson privacy guidelines by not naming those given fines

As well as refusing to provide the names of those issued with fines, Scotland Yard has said it will not give any details about the specific events. But throughout the pandemic the force issued press releases which contained the dates,... Read more

The best investments that won’t fall when markets drop

Diversifying your portfolio is crucial to the long-term health of your savings. But even the most seasoned of investors can struggle to pick out alternative assets that will not drop alongside their shares when stock markets fall.  So how can... Read more

Why you should trust an algorithm to choose your investing portfolio

Tracker funds are a cornerstone of many portfolios, but recent market swings have turned old winners into cash drains. These “passive” funds remove human stock pickers – and any associated costs and mistakes – from the investing process. Instead, algorithms... Read more

Questor: we’ve made easy money on this property developer – now is the right time to sell

A strong balance sheet, which carries very little debt, and increased borrowing capacity at its banks mean that Harworth has the wherewithal to pursue its plan. All of this may persuade truly patient, long-term investors to stick with the company,... Read more

Rising stock markets mean pensioners punished by 55pc taxes

The number of people breaching the pensions lifetime allowance has risen dramatically after strong investment returns pushed more savers over the cap, new figures have shown. The lifetime allowance punishes those who have too much in their pension pots with... Read more

Housing market set to cool after prices rise by a fifth in five years

The company reported buyer appetite remained “unseasonably strong”, despite predictions the market would begin to cool this year. Gráinne Gilmore, of Zoopla, said: “Demand is strongest for family houses and more than twice as high as usual for this time... Read more

BT halts removal of landline phones after vulnerable unable to call 999

Some two million customers have already had their landlines removed to make way for the new systems, with around 160,000 forced to make the switch on average each month since the roll out started in April last year. Many readers... Read more

Eco red tape will soon damage your house price

According to the Office of Budget Responsibility, the Government’s fiscal watchdog, household utility bills this April will cost 120pc more than a year ago. “Valuers are reflecting on whether the valuation should take the EPC rating into account. I think... Read more