Our fixation with net zero carries great risk

The principle behind the Government’s new energy strategy is a good one. Successive administrations have failed to take resilience and security of supply seriously, leaving the UK overly reliant on international markets and foreign expertise. The invasion of Ukraine has... Read more

Sunak’s wealth is an obvious target – as he’s now finally finding out

 A few days ago, a Labour councillor from Wandsworth advised Rishi Sunak to “go back to India” with his “billionaire wife”. It was a rather daft suggestion. Sunak’s from Southampton, for a start. His wife is from Bangalore and one... Read more

It’s cruel to deny trans children the chance to think again

Imagine your 13-year-old daughter is depressed and withdrawn and then, one day, she tells you she’s trans and will, henceforth, be known as Sean. You must no longer call her by her “dead name”. Even the most liberal parent may... Read more

Channel 4’s new documentary claims Big Brother kept Nikki Grahame alive

There was something fishy about Nikki Grahame: Who is She?, in which Channel 4 claimed that one of its shows “saved the life” of one of the station’s stars. Particularly when that star has recently died. Sparkly and stroppy, Nikki... Read more

Art That Made Us, review: a great idea but the talking heads talk too much about themselves

But it turns out that some people – artists, mostly – want to insert themselves into the picture. We start with Antony Gormley admiring a beautiful little figure known as Spong Man, carved to sit on top of an Anglo-Saxon... Read more

Fernando, Re di Castiglia, London Handel Festival, review: one strictly for scholars

The rediscovery of Handel’s operas, neglected for so long after his death, has been one of the great musical developments of our time. The realisation of the composer’s dramatic genius was slow to dawn, but is now unarguable. Today, every... Read more

Ketanji Brown Jackson becomes first black woman on US Supreme Court

Mr Biden said: “We’ve taken another step toward making our highest court reflect the diversity of America. She will be an incredible justice.” Ms Jackson will join the highest court in the summer, when Justice Stephen Breyer retires. The nine-member... Read more

Labour peer Lord Pendry faces suspension for bullying security guard

A Labour peer is facing suspension after a conduct committee ruling that he bullied a security guard. Lord Pendry, a former Treasury minister who was a Labour MP for more than three decades, was found by an investigation to have... Read more

Scottish independence still matters to voters, even if Anas Sarwar wishes it didn’t

Anas Sarwar has had a pretty successful couple of weeks as Scottish Labour leader. First, he cracked the political joke of the decade when he asked Nicola Sturgeon if she thought she was buying Lionel Messi when she forked out... Read more

Rishi Sunak’s bad press could be more conspiracy than coincidence

Seeing the drip-drip of stories suggesting the Chancellor was the key blockage in doing more to tackle cost of living, or portraying him as out of touch given his private wealth, has caused some Treasury figures to point the finger... Read more

Rishi Sunak’s allies claim No 10 is undermining the Chancellor

Rishi Sunak’s allies have pointed the finger at Number 10 after a succession of politically damaging leaks about the Chancellor. Mr Sunak is under pressure after it emerged that his wife, Akshata Murty, has non-domicile status, meaning she pays no... Read more

Torn apart by war, two sisters hug tightly as they reunite amongst the carnage of Bucha

But nearby was a checkpoint manned by Chechen soldiers, who Ms Liubarets described as the worst of all the invading soldiers. The family moved again, seeking shelter in the basement of a kindergarten. But even here they were not safe,... Read more

Maradona’s daughter claims shirt on sale for £4m is not the ‘hand of God’ top

Dalma, speaking on Radio Metro, said: “That ex-England player thinks he’s got my dad’s second-half shirt but there’s a confusion. ‘Knows the truth’ “He has the first-half top. I wanted to explain that to people so that whoever wants to... Read more

Marine Le Pen calls on France to ‘take back control’ as she edges closer to Emmanuel Macron in polls

An Opinionway poll placed Mr Macron on 26 per cent in round one, with Ms Le Pen on 22 per cent and her nearest challenger, Leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon, gaining ground on 17 per cent. Mr Macron would go on to... Read more

France’s ‘Iron Lady’: who is Valerie Pecresse and what are her policies?

The Republicans were mauled in the last presidential elections in 2017, when Mr Macron poached some of their top figures, naming them interior, finance and prime minister, and swathes of their electorate. “The Right is back”, Ms Pécresse intoned in... Read more

Shoplifting prosecutions at all-time low amid warnings thefts will soar due to cost of living crisis

Former Scotland detective chief inspector David McKelvey said this downgrading had been a green light to police to abandon prosecutions and investigations into such thefts which could tie up an officer for six to eight hours when they could be... Read more

Sajid Javid: NHS should follow ruling that allows trans bans in female-only spaces

The EHRC listed hospital wards, lavatories, changing rooms and women’s refuges among spaces where they could limit access based on someone’s biological sex if it “is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim”. A senior Government source on Thursday... Read more

Boris Johnson prepares Britain’s creaking electricity network for the net zero age

It prompted Kwasi Kwarteng to wonder aloud whether the Grid should be stripped of its role running the electricity network. The Business Secretary has now given a clear answer. The Government on Wednesday revealed plans to set up a publicly-owned... Read more

Planning objections to be blocked in Boris Johnson’s green energy revolution

The time it takes to approve an offshore wind farm will also be reduced from four years to one year, including by setting up a fast-track consenting route. Listed buildings will be able to install heat pumps – a green... Read more

Family barred from hosting Ukrainian refugees because home has bare floorboards

The Government has suggested homes need to be safe, in a “clean, reasonable” state, have adequate kitchen and bathroom space, smoke detectors on each floor, a gas safety check within the past year and doors and windows at entry level... Read more

She’s richer than the Queen, but Rishi Sunak’s wife avoids UK tax as India is her ‘final resting place’

Mr Sunak and his wife have a grace and favour flat in Downing Street, but they also own a five-bedroomed mews house in Kensington, west London, which they bought for £4.5 million without a mortgage in 2010, and which is... Read more

The best stocks and shares to invest your money in for 2022

“The UK market is also likely to gain from inflation and incoming interest rate rises,” he said. “This is because there are a lot of commodity, energy and bank stocks.”  Banks’ profit margins typically improve when interest rates rise, because... Read more

How to increase your savings by making smart investments in 2022

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

Questor: this trust’s charges appear eye-watering, but impressive returns make it worth keeping

As the trust was set up to manage the Rothschild family’s wealth – they still have more than £800m invested – capital preservation remains front of mind for the management team. We see no reason for this to change. Charges... Read more

House prices rise 11pc as young people forced to leave rural areas

House prices have climbed to record highs after buyers were not deterred by rising mortgage rates and surging inflation.  The average home cost £282,753 in March, rising 11pc over the last year and up £43,577 in the two years since... Read more