Gazza, review: how England’s most gifted footballer was destroyed by fame and by himself

I met Paul Gascoigne once. He won a prize at the British Book Awards for his autobiography, Gazza: My Story. Afterwards, he spotted me in a corner, notebook in hand, and asked if I was writing about him. He took... Read more

Loophole in online safety laws ‘will let incels spread extremist views’

Extremists will be free to promote their misogynistic and violent incel ideology because of a loophole in the Government’s online safety plans, an investigation has found. Dozens of “toxic” websites where advocates of incel (involuntary celibate) culture celebrate murderous attacks... Read more

Only a coherent set of policies can save Boris Johnson

The prospect of Boris Johnson becoming the first Prime Minister to be fined for breaking the law was always said to be the moment of greatest danger for his leadership. Yet it has happened and, despite the prospect of further... Read more

‘Google it, mate’: Politician hits back at journalist’s ‘gotcha’ question

The leader of Australia’s Greens party told a journalist to “Google it, mate” in response to a question about wages, amid an election campaign in which politicians have been repeatedly caught out over figures. Such so-called “gotcha” moments have provided... Read more

Sweden and Finland look set to join Nato after surge in support for military alliance

Sweden has decided to join Nato, according to reports, with Finland likely to follow “within weeks”, in a sign of how badly Russia’s attempts to counter the alliance’s influence in Europe has backfired. At a joint press conference on Wednesday... Read more

Rishi Sunak’s popularity sinks again as he is now more disliked than Boris Johnson

Rishi Sunak is now more unpopular than Boris Johnson, according to a new poll which shows the Chancellor’s popularity has plummeted in the last month. The polling by Savanta ComRes found that Mr Sunak now has a net favorability rating... Read more

Thought Scots would say goodbye to face masks by Easter? You’ve not met Nicola Sturgeon

With one bound, at last they were free. Or maybe that should be after 50 bounds. Or thereabouts. The Scots have been told that Nicola Sturgeon now believes they are adult enough for freedom from most Covid restrictions and can... Read more

What Boris Johnson must do if he is ever to recover from Partygate

Applicants to the Civil Service are, or at least were, always asked to analyse and report on a complex, but fictional, policy problem. The candidate is confronted with a batch of papers giving various interest groups’ positions, records of meetings,... Read more

Exclusive: Government official who drafted Covid laws fined over ‘boozy’ lockdown leaving party

Kate Josephs, the government official who was in charge of writing the Covid laws, has been fined over her “boozy” leaving party, The Telegraph can disclose. The former director general of the Cabinet Office Covid-19 Taskforce received a £50 fixed... Read more

Lord David Wolfson becomes first minister to resign over Boris Johnson’s ‘partygate’ fine

His decision will put pressure on other ministers responsible for the criminal justice system including his boss, Dominic Raab, the Justice Secretary, who publicly backed Mr Johnson after Tuesday’s fines were announced. Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, Kit Malthouse, the... Read more

Scotland to be freed from face masks for the first time in almost two years

While face mask rules south of the border have varied since the start of the pandemic, they have remained in place constantly in Scotland since they were first introduced. A mask mandate on public transport in Scotland was first brought... Read more

Ruth Davidson: Boris Johnson ‘made a mockery’ of the public over ‘partygate’

Boris Johnson has “made a mockery” of the sacrifices of the British public during the Covid-19 pandemic and his determination to cling to office subverts democratic norms, Ruth Davidson has said. On Wednesday, the former leader of the Scottish Tories... Read more

Exclusive: Boris Johnson facing second ‘partygate’ fine over aide’s leaving event

A source close to the “partygate” investigation said the June 2020 birthday party event over which Mr Johnson was fined £50, and which he attended for less than 10 minutes, is far less serious than the leaving party for Mr... Read more

Priti Patel and law officers advised not to publicly support Boris Johnson over ‘partygate’ fine

All other Cabinet ministers, including Dominic Raab, the Justice Secretary, issued public endorsements of Mr Johnson.  “The PM has accepted the Met’s decision and apologised. I fully support the PM and Chancellor as they focus on maintaining the UK’s international... Read more

Channel migrants to be sent to Rwanda

Ministers are also expected to announce the first purpose-built Greek-style reception centre in England, where migrants will have to obey strict rules or lose their rights to claim asylum. The centre, on a former RAF base, will be modelled on... Read more

Six ways to make money while inflation is at 7pc

Real estate investment trusts  Cautious investors may prefer more defensive investments such as investment trusts that own real estate. These funds are particularly attractive when their rental income is linked to inflation.  Analysts at the broker Numis said they favoured... Read more

Can I retire at 55? This is how big your pension pot needs to be

Carla Morris, of Brewin Dolphin, said anyone planning to retire early would need to ensure they had made informed financial decisions, which include maximising their pension contributions and saving prudently. Those who fall short of the large pension required should... Read more

How pensioners can beat rising inflation

The higher the rate at which prices rise, the faster the pension will be exhausted. Inflation is now 7pc, which would wipe 22 years off the lifetime of a pension. This more than halves the number of years the same... Read more

Housebuilders will pay £5bn to fix faults with new-build homes

Housebuilders will pay £5bn to free leaseholders trapped by the cladding scandal that emerged in the wake of the 2017 Grenfell fire. Under a new agreement drawn up by housing secretary Michael Gove, housebuilders will collectively pay a minimum of... Read more

Questor: Aviva’s asset disposals pave the way for better performance and a rising dividend

Aviva’s stronger financial outlook means that its plan to raise dividends at a low-to-mid single-digit rate over the coming years is likely to become more realistic. When combined with its forecast dividend yield for the 2022 financial year of about 7pc,... Read more

Savers could lose £230 a month to inflation – use our calculator to see how you’re affected

Further pain is likely for cash savers as inflation is forecast to rise even higher. Research group Pantheon Macroeconomics expects inflation to hit 8.8pc shortly, driven by the 54pc rise in the energy price cap. At this inflation rate, a... Read more

Rogue pension advisers target sacked P&O Ferries staff

Former P&O Ferries staff who were sacked by the firm risk losing their pensions as well as their jobs, as authorities have warned former employees face being targeted by rogue advisers. The City watchdog and the pensions regulator will send... Read more

‘I couldn’t charge my electric car because of bad phone signal’

But Steve Gooding, of the RAC Foundation, said limitations in infrastructure has “undermined” drivers’ confidence in making the switch to electric. He said there were few things “more frustrating for drivers than turning up to a charge point they can’t... Read more

‘How do I stop my father’s other children blocking my inheritance?’

Dear Moral Money, My father recently passed away and left no will. I never met him, as he left my mother soon after I was born to start a family with someone else. His name is not on my birth... Read more

Cocktail of tax rises brings new mortgage trap for the wealthy

Mortgage rates will still be relatively low historically, but the contrast to the record low rates seen during the pandemic will be huge. “Rates were at sub 1pc, now they are at 2pc. They have already doubled,” added Mr Cox.... Read more