Ukraine sheds new light on the great tragedies of the last century

Mighty Russia, superior in numbers, armaments and economic power, has failed not only to defeat but even to make major inroads into Ukraine during seven weeks of invasion. Yet in only five weeks, in 1940, Germany occupied most of Western... Read more

Online safety is important, but it must not jeopardise free speech

Few pieces of legislation have been more anticipated and discussed before entering Parliament than the Online Harms Bill which has its Second Reading in the Commons today. The aim of the measure is to protect children from the pernicious impact... Read more

The TV show that busts the myth that home births are for hippies

Allerton in Bradford is pronounced ‘Ollerton’. Except in Yorkshire Midwives on Call (BBC Two), where the narrator keeps saying it wrong. Look, I know it’s a little thing, but I was born in Allerton so it annoyed me. Programme-makers: please... Read more

Ross Kemp: Shipwreck Treasure Hunter, review: behold the Alan Partridge of adventuring

Never mind Bear Grylls – is anyone living a more Boy’s Own adventure existence than Ross Kemp? We’ve had Ross Kemp: Alive in Alaska, Ross Kemp on Gangs, Ross Kemp in Search of Pirates, Ross Kemp: Battle for the Amazon,... Read more

Government might scrap green levy that adds £153 to average energy bill

The combined rises would mean price-capped energy bills would have more than doubled in less than 12 months, rising to almost £2,800 for customers on default tariffs, the body said. Rishi Sunak used his Spring Statement last month to provide... Read more

Stop working from home, Civil Service to be told

Ministers have been ordered to send their civil servants back to the office after it emerged that up to three-quarters of staff are still working from home. Jacob Rees-Mogg, the minister for government efficiency, has written to all secretaries of... Read more

Balloons can spread panic, say council killjoys as they deflate the football fun

Officers then handed out a fixed penalty notice but refused to tell them how much the fine would cost, simply saying they would receive it in the post. A dozen or so officers then began hauling away the boxes of... Read more

Boris Johnson to offer MPs ‘full-throated apology’ over ‘partygate’ fine

Brendan Clarke-Smith, a 2019 Conservative MP who had called for “heads to roll” where rules had been broken, said few people in his Bassetlaw constituency had contacted him since Mr Johnson was fined “outside the usual regulars opposed to everything... Read more

Distraught woman cradles body of her father as Vladimir Putin intensifies agony of Kharkiv

Earlier, Serhiy Haidai, the governor of the Donetsk region, said Russian forces had taken control of the villages of Kremenaya and Lugashchnine, both north-west of the town of Severodonetsk. “Evacuation from there is already impossible,” he wrote on Telegram early... Read more

Marine Le Pen abandons controversial hijab policy as polls show Emmanuel Macron extending his lead

The candidates are currently preparing for a prime-time debate that has historically proved decisive for any would-be president. Macron will defend his record over the past five years. It will be a rematch of their debate in 2017 at the... Read more

Extinction Rebellion is wrong – capitalism is not to blame for climate change

Divided Germany provided a solid basis for comparison, with a market economy system in the West and a planned economy system in the East.  The German historian Hubertus Knabe, a leading expert on GDR history, observed: “One of the world’s... Read more

Ban bonuses for water firm bosses until rivers are clean, say Lib Dems

“A sewage bonus ban would stop water company executives being paid a penny more in bonuses until our waterways are protected from sewage dumps. These bosses should be made to hand back the millions of pounds already received in bonuses... Read more

Renewed concerns of politicisation of Scottish civil servants under SNP

New fears have been raised over the politicisation of Scotland’s civil service under the SNP after it emerged officials have not lodged formal objections to ministers’ spending decisions in 15 years. Figures show that so-called “ministerial directions”, which are requested... Read more

Net zero will be new Brexit for Tories, says Richard Tice

The campaign group Vote Power Not Poverty, which Mr Tice co-founded, will publish a report accusing the Government of being “asleep at the wheel” by allowing energy production to fall to its lowest level in half a century. Mr Tice,... Read more

Nadine Dorries: The UK must become the safest place in the world to go online

MPs must make Britain the “safest place in the world to go online” by passing duty of care laws, says Nadine Dorries in an appeal to Tory rebels. In a joint article with Dame Rachel De Souza, the Children’s Commissioner,... Read more

Priti Patel has ‘misunderstood’ church’s role, says bishop after Rwanda migrant deal row

Priti Patel’s local bishop has accused her of misunderstanding the role of the church in the continuing row over the Rwanda migrant deal. Guli Francis-Dehqani, Bishop of Chelmsford and a former asylum seeker, wrote to the Home Secretary on Monday... Read more

For sale: Charles Dickens’ £22.5m house for the London social season

Dickens had to keep the incident under wraps. He had been travelling secretly with his mistress Ellen Ternan and her mother. He avoided appearing at the inquest for fear of having to reveal his travel companions and causing a scandal.... Read more

‘Amazon won’t cancel a £30 monthly charge so I’m taking it to court’

Has a company treated you unfairly? Our Consumer Champion is available to help. For how to contact her click here.   Dear Katie, A couple of years ago I opened an Amazon seller account through which I sold a few portable rotisserie... Read more

Pet owners hit with £180 charge every time they take their dogs to Europe

Pet owners face paying hundreds of pounds when they travel with their dogs and cats to holiday homes abroad because of post-Brexit red tape.  The European Union no longer accepts the entry of dogs, cats or ferrets with “pet passports”... Read more

How falling house prices will hit your Isa

Estate agencies such as Foxtons and Purplebricks and housebuilders such as Persimmon and Redrow would feel an immediate impact. Rightmove, the online property listings company, could fare better as listing properties for sale is an essential service, regardless of price.... Read more

Money Makeover: ‘Sky-high house prices have ruined my buy-to-let dream. What else can I do?’

Almost two years into the pandemic-fuelled property boom, house prices are still breaking records. They have climbed by 21pc in the past two years, hitting an average of £265,312 last month, according to Nationwide Building Society. For 41-year-old Alfred Calland,... Read more

My arrogant teenage daughter bullies me

My 14-year-old daughter is beautiful, intelligent and talented. The trouble is, she knows it. I’m proud of her in so many ways, but wish she’d stop acting so superior. At school, the boys seem to be in dribbling awe and... Read more

I insisted we had a third child, and I’m afraid it has destroyed my marriage

As soon as I told my husband the news, I knew I’d made a terrible mistake. It was 10 o’clock on a Monday night and as usual, he was in bed staring at his work laptop. I was shaking inside... Read more

Could psychedelics be used to treat mental health disorders?

Over the last year, Awakn – the UK’s first private clinic offering psychedelic treatment in combination with psychotherapy for addiction, anxiety, depression, PTSD, eating disorders and other issues – has opened centres in Bristol and London. But the costs of... Read more

The lives of children with Down’s Syndrome have been transformed by science

The standard narrative of the onward march of medical progress over the last 70 years focuses naturally enough on the “major breakthroughs” of miracle drugs and pioneering operations. But just as impressive in its way has been the steady incremental... Read more