Readers’ comments: A trillion-pound load of hot air

In response to Andrew Cadman: A Tale of Two Addictions, lojolondon wrote: Great article, but allow me to correct you: ‘Britain, accounting for just 1-2 per cent of global emissions, cannot hope to affect matters’. ‘Natural causes’...

A Tale of Two Addictions

THESE past few days we have seen the terrible effects that a powerful drug can have on political reputations, careers, and the misery it causes the innocent. No, I am not talking about Michael Gove...

Rory, the Tory Greta Thunberg

DURING April the UK hosted a Swedish truant – 16 years old but dressed as though for kindergarten – who foretells an ecological apocalypse. Thirty years older but still resembling an awkward adolescent in...

Why it’s time for adverts on the minority-interest BBC

THERE was a time when publicans had a severe beef with the BBC. Every time Hancock's Half Hour came on the wireless, the pubs would empty. The only way to listen to the show...

A brief history of conservatism (before the Tories loused it up)

BRITISH conservatism is difficult to pin down. Firstly, unlike America or Israel, Britain does not have a mainstream tradition of religious political conservatism. Although religion does inform some conservatives, it played a more formative...

Readers’ comments: The curse of cannabis

In response to Neil McKeganey: Dopey logic of a legaliser, Michael Staples wrote: I would have less problem with legalisation of drugs if I didn't have grandchildren. I have sat in court watching a succession of pathetic...

Reader’s comment: May should be out of No 10 by now

In response to Patrick Benham-Crosswell: The next Tory leader will be no messiah – just a mess, Mark Forsyth wrote: I found it somewhat amazing that May was allowed to make and sign the statement re...

Save us from Rory Stewart, the fakest fake Conservative

ON Tuesday, Rory Stewart launched his bid to lead the Conservative Party. He opened by saying that he is standing because ‘what people . . . need in this country is leadership.’ I haven’t...

The Lost BBC: Meet the Huggetts

OFTEN films have been made as a spin-off from radio or TV series, but this week’s choice was the other way round: a radio programme that was a spin-off from a series of films. As...

Dopey logic of a legaliser

IN a recent article in the Times, the Economist policy editor Emma Duncan breathlessly recounts her dalliance some 20 years ago with cocaine, concluding that our drug laws are illiberal, illogical, and do more...