Columns

‘For a young officer unaccustomed to the crack of rounds hissing around me, the ill-trained jihadis in black masks seemed straight out of central casting. It took years for me to realise how insignificant such events really were’

‘Parties of the Left may move back towards the political centre, but they will need a much better story to tell on the economy’

‘Why are children so unhappy? Or, why are they feeling so unhappy, which may be a different question altogether?’

‘Two-fifths of our rivers are man-made canals: dug down, dredged, and separated from their flood plains’

‘Even a small number of prisoners transitioning to the female estate makes a big difference. And numbers are already mushrooming’

‘We should seize the opportunity presented by Brexit to reinvent ourselves’

“Martin? Me again, I got cut off. No, still on the train. Just past Milton Keynes.”

“The lethal combination of the Trump administration’s “America First” approach and many European members’ complacent, cowardly and stingy approach risks making Nato irrelevant”

Our societies are now the battlefield; people, not kit, should drive national security thinking

‘Everyone knows about the code-crackers of GCHQ. But a far bigger pool of talent is underground: alienated young hackers tempted to the dark side, because they find no outlet for their skills elsewhere’