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 British prime minister Boris Johnson: By the time of the Brexit referendum in 2016, the Anglosphere had established itself in right-wing mythology as the promised land. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

If the success of a political idea turns on its power to instil hope or optimism in its adherents, then, in its early years, Brexit was a colossal fai(...)

EM Reapy: good at writing interesting, believable predicaments

There’s a touch of the difficult second album syndrome to EM Reapy’s Skin. Her debut, Red Dirt, was a gripping, beautifully written novel that charted(...)

In a Word . . .

Who ever heard the like? What sort of idiot would believe that a television programme about people watching television programmes would be the least b(...)

Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A friend inquired recently if I was familiar with the Hiberno-English phrase “damn the hate” and, if so, where it originated. Yes and no were the answ(...)

Anti-extradition Bill protesters hold up placards for arriving travellers during a protest at the arrival hall of Hong Kong International Airport. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Demonstrators crowded the arrivals hall at Hong Kong airport on Friday, handing out anti-government leaflets and waving banners in a dozen languages i(...)

Manchester United announced in December that “manager José Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect”. Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

HSBC chairman Mark Tucker on Monday said chief executive John Flint was leaving by “unanimous decision of the non-executive directors”. But the bank a(...)

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen:  he continues his “risk and reward” experimentation policy. Photograph: Getty Images

Australia v New Zealand, Optus Stadium, Perth, Saturday, 10.45am (Irish time). Live on Sky Sports Action All Blacks coach Steve Hansen believes Kiera(...)

Nadir Dendoune and his mother, Messaouda. Figs in April, an hour-long profile of  Messaouda,   is being shown this summer in festivals, prisons and public parks. Photograph: Camille Millerand

As you pass the Porte de Châtillon on the Paris ring road, you might catch a glimpse of a giant wall painting. “Chibani”, it says, next to a portrait(...)

Photograph: Cecilie Arcurs/iStock

I took the Luas out to Tallaght on Wednesday night, planning to run a mile race at the local athletic track. It was the last of this summer’s Dublin “(...)

Betting tax was originally tied to support for the horse and greyhound racing industries, which lobbied for this year’s increase. Photograph: Michael MacSweeney/Provision

Looking at Paddy Power owner Flutter Entertainment’s first-half results, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that governments are falling out of love wi(...)

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