Craig Wilmann

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Everything you know about British train fares is wrong

In his 1939 novel “<i>The Grapes of Wrath</i>,” John Steinbeck dubbed Route 66 “The Mother Road.” But the 2,448 mile-long highway that once wound from …

Britain's ruled by patronising b*#*@rds says QUENTIN LETTS

How Britain is ruled by patronising b*#*@rds: QUENTIN LETTS names the worst offenders among the People Who Know Best who never tire of telling us …

Great Britain

From Boris the Lion King to Theresa May’s P45 – my malarial week at the Tory conference

A bogglingly unsuccessful few days in Manchester showed that the Conservatives are less the natural party of government than cowboy builders who really ought to stop trying to ‘fix’ things<p>By the end of the Conservative party conference, Theresa May had suffered so many painful betrayals and …

Letter to My Younger Self

D ear 16-year-old Arjen,<p>It’s Thursday afternoon, and mom’s been phoning your school.<p>And phoning.<p>And phoning.<p>At first, you’re going to think something …

The tax trap: why a £70k family isn’t much wealthier than a minimum wage family

Among the many points of contention that arose during the election was Labour’s declaration that people earning more than £70k would be expected to contribute more in taxes should Jeremy Corbyn become Prime Minister. Fair enough, you might say – £70k is more than double the average wage.<p>However, …

Do parents really matter?

Everything we thought we knew about how personality is formed is wrong<p>Parenting does not have a large impact on how children turn out. An incendiary claim, to be sure, but if you can bear with me until the close of this article I think I might be able to persuade you — or at the very least chip …

Canadian baby 'first without gender designation' on health card

<b>An eight-month old Canadian baby has been issued a health card without a gender marker, in what could be the first case in the world.</b><p>Parent Kori Doty - a non-binary transgender person who identifies as neither male nor female - aims to allow the child to discover their own gender.<p>The health card …

Scandinavia is no socialist Valhalla

Scandinavia occupies a special place in the minds of socialists around the world. The <i>Guardian</i> journalist Polly Toynbee once described Sweden as “the …

Economics

Life turns full circle for William Rees-Mogg's Butterfly broken on a wheel

Corbyn's support will fall now he's finally being treated as a politician rather than as a joke

British people, who have always eschewed political extremes, won't vote for a UK version of Fidel Castro.<p>From the moment he became Labour leader, …

From Brexit to Grenfell | Brendan O’Neill | spiked

Editorial<p>O<p>23 June 2017<p>He wasn’t alone, of course. Across the so-called liberal establishment, last June’s political disturbance gave rise to a long, …

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Hello. So, you voted Labour? I don’t blame you. It was a terrible campaign from the other side, wasn’t it? As for me, I found that out on the …

Polls: Labour’s surging. Non-London doorstep: It’s a “nuclear winter for Labour.” Party braces for worst

<b>by Atul Hatwal</b>Just over two weeks ago I posted a projection of huge losses for Labour – over 90 seats – based on dozens of conversations with …

Great Britain

How should Thatcherites respond to May?

A bizarre idea has crept into our political discourse during the past six months. It presents Margaret Thatcher as the archetypal Conservative, and …

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Daniel Hannan: Corbyn is the ultimate selfish gene, content to kill off Labour for his own benefit

<i>Daniel Hannan is an MEP for South-East England, and a journalist, author and broadcaster. His most recent book is What Next: How to Get the Best from</i> …

Great Britain

Chelsea defender David Luiz is the joy from Brazil

David Luiz is the joy from Brazil: The Chelsea defender is one of life's optimists... and now he's finally being taken seriously as a footballer<p><b>David</b> …

Soccer

Political activists who behave like zealots will do no good at all

The election debate so far has included a fair bit of to-ing and fro-ing over whether religion has a place in politics and whether religious politicians have to spend significant portions of interviews talking about their views on what other people get up to in bed. But one striking feature of all …

Acquainted

Antonio Conte: the making of Chelsea’s managerial maestro | Dominic Fifield

Even big-name players recognise the Italian’s imposition of a huge workload is backed by knowledge gained on and off the pitch<p>Those who have worked under Antonio Conte talk of a moment, discernible in the hours of physical drills or monotonous tactical planning back on the training ground, when the …

The hidden £7.2bn the UK sends the EU

UPDATE: Very helpful Twitter folk reckon tariffs may have been included in the gross contribution already as the ‘traditional own resource’ portion… …

Britain’s comics can’t stand Brexit – but the joke is on them

One of the best things about Brexit has been its shattering of anti-establishment pretensions. All the people who for yonks had been getting away with posing as rebels and disruptors and irritants to the status quo have been exposed as utterly allergic to radical political change; as small-c …

Jokes

10 Reasons to Leave the EU 2017 - Capital & Conflict

<i>This article is an update on a pre-referendum article from Dominic Frisby. To read the original, click here.</i><p>The EU referendum has come and gone, and …

Europe

'Nothing will ever be possible again'

We asked two comedians on opposing sides of the EU Referendum debate to duke it out over the future of the nation. Here’s Dominic Frisby’s take:<p>I’ve …

Great Britain

How West can stem the supply of fanatics ready to die for their cause

Michael Gove

Why we should fear a cashless world | Dominic Frisby

Poor people and small businesses rely on cash. A contactless system will likely entrench poverty and pave the way for terrifying levels of surveillance<p>The health food chain Tossed has just opened the UK’s first cashless cafe. It’s another step towards the death of cash.<p>This is nothing new. Money is …

'From now on you have no name': life in a Cuban jail

A brutal high-security prison was the last place Stephen Purvis expected to end up when he moved to Havana. Stephen Gibbs tells his story<p>If you happened to go to a British embassy reception in Havana in the early 2000s, you would likely have met Stephen Purvis. You could not miss him. Six foot …

Cuba

Don’t tell me you weren’t warned about Corbyn | Nick Cohen

Jeremy Corbyn is going to bury the Labour party. If you don’t want that, do something<p>As supporters of Jeremy Corbyn read the <i>Observer</i>, could the rest of you talk among yourselves while I speak to them directly?<p>You should know there is a faint chance Theresa May will call an early election. She says …

Teachers must ditch 'neuromyth' of learning styles, say scientists

Eminent academics from worlds of neuroscience, education and psychology voice concerns over popularity of method<p>Teaching children according to their individual “learning style” does not achieve better results and should be ditched by schools in favour of evidence-based practice, according to …

Learning

Eden Hazard: 'Antonio Conte is fantastic. It is a privilege to play with him'

Chelsea have been “on fire” this season, Eden Hazard says, and what is fanning those flames is clear. They are determined to see this one through: win the Premier League, add the FA Cup and re-establish themselves. Get over the trauma of the last campaign. Make good, in fact. “We are Chelsea,” …