A carol a day: We Three Kings of Orient Are

THERE are several unusual aspects to We Three Kings of Orient Are. It was something of a one-hit wonder, as none of the writer’s other works had much success. It is the only carol...

The death of a Jewish baby and a far from Independent report

WHEN is it better for the media to fail to cover a terrorist attack? When the alternative is to have it reported in the Independent. Imagine the scene. A group of people are waiting for...

Readers’ comments special: How can the 117 carry on under May?

KATHY Gyngell’s article in yesterday’s TCW, ‘May wounded? No, her Surrender Plan is bang on target’, prompted many comments. Here is a selection of extracts. Politically__Incorrect wrote: Is the Conservative Party still really one party? 117...

May wounded? No, her Surrender Plan is bang on target

The Brexiteers have been played. Game, set and match to Mrs May and Number Ten's Stasi operation. May’s ‘group of four’ – ‘remainer’ advisers all and her Comms Director, the discreet and low-profile former...

The BBC doesn’t fight fake news – it commissions it

BBC director general Lord Hall of Birkenhead has declared that the Corporation is on a mission to counter fake news.  He announced this in June at the Prospect annual conference – the day before the...

Be prepared for WTO

YESTERDAY I explained the fall-out from the vote of no confidence to RTE Radio 1, at about 1 hour 5 minutes in. The Prime Minister won the vote, but it is still difficult to see...

A government hell-bent on separating mother and child

ALLISON Pearson notes that acrimony is stirring among working mothers on the internet forum Mumsnet. The trigger is the BBC’s new Christmas trailer about a harassed working mother who magically stops time so she...

A carol a day: I Saw Three Ships

ONE of the cheeriest carols is I Saw Three Ships. It was first published in 1833 but had been around for centuries before that. Presumably it is because it is so old that no one...

Readers’ comments: A fix from the start

In response to Laura Perrins: She is the Terminator. She will win, LoveMeIamALiberal wrote: Nope, Theresa May is just dying the death of a thousand cuts. Last night's vote showed that the majority of Tory backbenchers...

Readers’ comments: The Capitulation Party

In response to Nick Booth: Conservative conundrum, Thucydides. wrote: I listened carefully yesterday to Ken Clarke and other ‘sensible’ personages such as Michael Heseltine. What this tells me is that the Conservative Party have been...