As the Covid crisis deepened, the nation’s favourite farming soap shut up shop

Until the pandemic came along, The Archers seemed indestructible. Nearly 70 years old, Radio 4’s everyday story of country folk is the world’s longest-running drama, and still draws several million listeners every week. At any rate, it used to. Whether it will have such a large and happy audience when Covid-19 finally departs our shores … Read more As the Covid crisis deepened, the nation’s favourite farming soap shut up shop

DOMINIC LAWSON: What has ‘builder’ Boris got against the miners of Northumberland? 

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, says his priority is: ‘Jobs, jobs, jobs.’ For Boris Johnson, it is: ‘Build, build, build.’ Last week, the Prime Minister declared his commitment to end unwarranted delays in the decision-making process, so as to make sure the planning system delivers the infrastructure and employment we all want. Yet the Conservative Government … Read more DOMINIC LAWSON: What has ‘builder’ Boris got against the miners of Northumberland? 

Is it just me? Or has shopping become utterly joyless? asks SARAH VINE

Is it just me? Or has shopping become utterly joyless? asks SARAH VINE Sarah Vine argues shopping in the UK has become a lengthy, mindful process Claims it’s impossible to pop into a shop during your lunch or on your way home She fears the pandemic shopping guidelines may not be good for business By … Read more Is it just me? Or has shopping become utterly joyless? asks SARAH VINE

Weddings can be bliss without guests

Coronavirus has dumped a great big bucket of cold water on Britain’s Bridezillas. No huge party, no being walked down the aisle by dad (does anyone understand why?) and it sounds like the traditional family photos are going to end up looking horribly like those warning of the dangers of multi-generational virus transmissions. So I … Read more Weddings can be bliss without guests

I can tell you exactly why Leicester had to go back into lockdown

My only surprise when the Government announced a local lockdown in Leicester last week was that it had taken so long. I have had grave and growing concerns that my city was heading for a severe Covid-19 outbreak because, since the end of April, lockdown here has been observed in name only. At first, when schools, … Read more I can tell you exactly why Leicester had to go back into lockdown

I can tell you exactly why Leicester had to go back into lockdown

My only surprise when the Government announced a local lockdown in Leicester last week was that it had taken so long. I have had grave and growing concerns that my city was heading for a severe Covid-19 outbreak because, since the end of April, lockdown here has been observed in name only. At first, when schools, … Read more I can tell you exactly why Leicester had to go back into lockdown

A rousing message to the world from a young leader of the pro-democracy protesters defying China

As my plane took off, I looked down wistfully for one last time at the city I love so much, with its skyscrapers, its ferries and its fabulous fizzing energy. I was bidding farewell to Hong Kong. At the age of 26, I was leaving my home, my parents, my two brothers and my friends … Read more A rousing message to the world from a young leader of the pro-democracy protesters defying China

A rousing message to the world from a young leader of the pro-democracy protesters defying China

As my plane took off, I looked down wistfully for one last time at the city I love so much, with its skyscrapers, its ferries and its fabulous fizzing energy. I was bidding farewell to Hong Kong. At the age of 26, I was leaving my home, my parents, my two brothers and my friends … Read more A rousing message to the world from a young leader of the pro-democracy protesters defying China

PLATELL’S PEOPLE: Ghislaine Maxwell, a daddy’s girl who never escaped his toxic legacy

The first time I met Ghislaine Maxwell was back in the mid-Eighties. She was the fabulously rich and sophisticated daughter of mighty media mogul Robert Maxwell, wafting in and out of the parties he held at his Mirror offices in London. I was a humble executive on the launch of his newspaper The London Daily … Read more PLATELL’S PEOPLE: Ghislaine Maxwell, a daddy’s girl who never escaped his toxic legacy

PLATELL’S PEOPLE: Ghislaine Maxwell, a daddy’s girl who never escaped his toxic legacy

The first time I met Ghislaine Maxwell was back in the mid-Eighties. She was the fabulously rich and sophisticated daughter of mighty media mogul Robert Maxwell, wafting in and out of the parties he held at his Mirror offices in London. I was a humble executive on the launch of his newspaper The London Daily … Read more PLATELL’S PEOPLE: Ghislaine Maxwell, a daddy’s girl who never escaped his toxic legacy