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Does anybody still believe that the EU is a benign institution?

6 July 2015 14:59

Ever since Margaret Thatcher U-turned in the dying days of her premiership, there has been a kind of agreement between…

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England should withdraw from the 2022 World Cup

13 November 2014 13:38

Mark Steyn once wrote of the United Nations: ‘It’s a good basic axiom that if you take a quart of…


Juncker wants more UK money for the EU budget – he could check Luxembourg’s coffers

6 November 2014 10:55

By rights, Jean-Claude Juncker should be in dire political trouble this morning, not lecturing Britain about paying an extra £1.7…

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World Cup diary: Was the ref playing for Brazil?

13 June 2014 9:16

Suspicions that FIFA is an organisation given, occasionally, to a bit of corruption will not have been allayed by the…

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Is Labour a racist party?

20 May 2014 11:08

Is Labour a racist party? The answer, I believe, is ‘no’. Apart from anything else, some of my best friends…

The abduction of 230-odd girls by Boko Haram is an appalling crime that has exposed the true character of the Nigerian government: useless and corrupt. (PHILIP OJISUA/AFP/Getty Images)

Boko Haram proves the Nigerian government to be corrupt and useless

6 May 2014 12:29

You know, the more we hear about the uselessness of the Nigerian government in dealing with the abduction – the…

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The EU is corrupt because southern Europe is corrupt

6 December 2013 14:47

What with Britain’s dreadful performance in the PISA educational rankings, there has been comparatively little attention given to another international…

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When is corruption not corrupt? When the establishment says it isn’t

5 August 2013 17:54

Mr Justice Tugendhat delivered a ferocious verdict last week. Undercover reporters from the Sunday Times claimed they had found Peter…

Darkness falls over Dal Lake in Srinigar in Kashmir, scene of much of the non-sporting action of The Great Tamasha by James Astill and Cricket Cauldron by Shaharyar M. Khan. (TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)

Two riveting journeys to the heart of India and Pakistan

24 July 2013 9:42

50 summers have passed since C.L.R. James asked, ‘What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?’ James’s belief,…

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Arraigning a corpse

19 February 2013 17:45

Part 1 “Russian Justice” A judge at Moscow’s Tverskoi District Court stopped the trial of Sergei Magnitsky (above) yesterday –…

Action from the 2011 ICC World Cup second Semi-Final between Pakistan and India at Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium in Mohali, India, on March 30, 2011. Image: Getty

Cricket’s the loser

12 February 2013 19:11

Cricket glorifies some cheats. W.G. Grace often batted on after being clean bowled; such was the public demand to watch…

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Cheat sheet: the new Spanish corruption scandal

1 February 2013 17:25

An unemployment rate of 26 per cent (and 56 per cent for young people); an economy that contracted by 0.7…

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Two different Laws

1 October 2012 9:12

Among the vast number of British people who are somewhat surprised to see the disgraced MP David Laws back in…

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South Africa: Mired in corruption?

21 August 2012 11:36

On the 5th of August Mary Robinson delivered the annual Nelson Mandela lecture in Cape Town. It should have been…

Bertie Ahern’s Greatest Trick: Shaming the Shameless

23 March 2012 14:49

My friend Ciaran Byrne is right: If Rupert Murdoch owned Fianna Fail he’d close it down. The Mahon Tribunal’s report…

Russia’s Tahrir?

6 December 2011 17:46

Just a couple of days after Vladimir Putin’s electoral setback, Russian police have arrested a number of protesters, including veteran…

Cameron’s letter to Watson

20 July 2011 17:16

Tom Watson fired a barb at David Cameron during the oral questions following the prime minister’s statement. He referred to…

From the archives – Yates had previous

18 July 2011 18:30

As Theresa May put it in an impressive statement to the House earlier, “These allegations are not, unfortunately, the only…

Does the trouble at FIFA really matter?

31 May 2011 13:23

The news that the votes which ended up with Russia and Qatar winning the rights to host the 2018 and…

EXCLUSIVE: The Yes2AV campaign’s dysfunctional strategy

18 March 2011 16:35

A few weeks ago, I revealed the curious conflict of interest faced by the organisation funding the case for electoral…

Developments in the Middle East are beginning to affect Europe

13 February 2011 17:27

After yesterday’s spontaneous clean-up operation on the streets of Cairo, protestors gathered at Freedom Square today to maintain the revolution’s…

Rome smoulders

14 December 2010 14:49

I’m visiting a stylish but tense Rome today, just as the Italian legislature has voted down a non-confidence vote in…

What now?

14 December 2010 13:12

The BBC is reporting that the embattled Silvio Berlusconi has survived confidence votes in both of Italy’s Houses. The vote…

Phil Woolas, four investigations and a funeral wreath

17 November 2010 18:01

It may take another week to discover if Phil Woolas has the right to challenge the election court ruling that…

The vanity appointments

8 November 2010 17:34

If this is what bespoke PR produces, save your money. The Standard alleges that Number 10 has hired 26 ‘civil…