Juries seem increasingly willing to accept “rough sex” as a defence against murder. Does “BDSM” allow abusers to hide in plain sight?

Defending a nation often accused of entirely lacking a lighter side

The predictably progressive political stance of today’s practitioners has killed their line of comedy

Where are Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and George Osborne? It was as if they couldn’t wait to leave Parliament, having got what they could out of the system, with no thought of putting something back

Was Her Majesty waiting behind the scenes in Westminster, ready to provide her Royal Assent to the EU Withdrawal Act? The reality is more mundane

If there is an art to writing after three courses and wine, I never mastered it. But now that the long, boozy lunch is endangered, I’m having serious second thoughts

‘If every writer who disliked what other contributors wrote decided to withdraw their work, there would be no papers, no magazines, perhaps no telly’

“The dispute over Parkfield’s “No Outsiders” scheme shows that some people are eager for the state to take over”

A new production of Betrayal reminds us of the playwright’s insights into male relationships

British arts venues want to become bastions of “inclusivity” at the expense of connoisseurship

The restoration of great works of art is increasingly being carried out in public before an admiring audience

Kierkegaard’s spirit has never been laid to rest. He is the philosopher of angst and dread: the conscience-stricken companion of modern consciousness