The Crown: Matt Smith as the young Prince Phillip. Photograph: Robert Viglasky/Netflix

Millions of Netflix viewers will, on hearing of the duke of Edinburgh’s death, think first of the character played by Matt Smith and Tobias Menzies in(...)

New GAA president Larry McCarthy sat of the ’Towards 2034’ committee. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

The opposition of events, as Harold Macmillan put it before someone edited his reply into something snappier, is the greatest difficulty for all leade(...)

Munster’s Gavin Coombes in action during Friday’s win over Scarlets at Thomond Park:  Pro14 organisers have moved swiftly to state that, if there is no other option, postponed games would result in them being declared 0-0 draws, with two points for each team.  Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

“Events, dear boy, events,” as Harold Macmillan reputedly once said when asked what would determine his government’s fate. His words proved propheti(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pictured during a media briefing at Government Buildings. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

As we face into the second week of the general election campaign we can expect many spending promises with the main parties due to launch their housin(...)

Billie Eilish at the 2019 Electric Picnic. Yes, the Californian performer probably isn’t in the great Bondian tradition. Photograph: Dave Meehan

I’ve bored you about it before and I’ll bore you about it again. The most telling line in the James Bond franchise begins with an observation on high-(...)

Prime minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds arriving in Downing Street on Friday after the Conservative Party won an electoral landslide.  Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA Wire

In his final rally before Thursday’s election, Boris Johnson thanked Conservative activists for working so hard in the difficult conditions of a Decem(...)

Britain’s new prime minister Boris Johnson being clapped into 10 Downing Street by staff in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty Images

Shortly before 4pm on Wednesday, Boris Johnson marched up to the podium outside 10 Downing Street and promised to “change the record” after three year(...)

Boris Johnson during the launch of his campaign to become leader of the Conservative Party. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

If, as expected, Boris Johnson succeeds in his gallop towards Downing Street, his elevation will present a heightened foreign policy challenge for the(...)

Gillian Anderson: said to be taking on the role of Margaret Thtacher. Photograph:  Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images)

Gillian Anderson is to follow in the footsteps of Meryl Streep, Patricia Hodge and Jennifer Saunders by taking on the role of Margaret Thatcher, accor(...)

New Zealand landscape. In 1971 Wellington and the EEC agreed a special arrangement for New Zealand’s butter, cheese and lamb sectors, which were all vital to the national economy.

Brexiteers might not deem it a parallel befitting their wildly inflated sense of national self-importance, but the UK’s best hope is that Brexit turns(...)

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