Simon Kuper

17 results

FT columnist Simon Kuper argues that loquacious posturing, so essential at the university debating society, is still the fuel that propels Brexit and Johnson. File photograph: Getty

If Boris Johnson is the answer, what the hell is the question? Perplexed? Who isn’t? Not for the first time over the past few months, the revealed nat(...)

Boris Johnson acts as if the greatest insight to be drawn is the one explained in Bohemian Rhapsody: ‘nothing really matters’. Nothing but himself, of course. Photograph: Darren Staples/Bloomberg

Late-night holiday conversations have never taken on a more dystopian tone. I thought the wine-fuelled Brexit rows of the past three years were bad, b(...)

“If Brexit ever happens, it will leave Ireland as the European Union’s only officially English-speaking country. Or maybe not.” iStock

When my local supermarket changed ATMs recently, the new machine featured an interesting reflection of the modern Irish economy. Among the six languag(...)

FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi  reserves the “first minutes” of each match for interpretation, says coach Ernesto Valverde, ignoring the ball and taking a reconnaissance walk around the opposition defence, fixing each man’s position in his head before trying to capitalise later in the game on perceived weaknesses.  Photograph: Rodrigo Jimenez?EPA

A little man in a baseball cap, sitting high in his luxury crossover SUV, drives into the players’ parking lot at FC Barcelona’s closed training groun(...)

Whether Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane stay or leave won’t change the realities of football in Ireland.   Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

During his stout defence of Roy Keane this week, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill joked that they’d had a quick chat about the latest family(...)

Question: if you’re a woman of a certain age, what was the point where you realised, almost as if it had happened overnight and when you weren’t looki(...)

 England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford saves  Carlos Bacca’s  penalty during the  penalty shootout with Colombia in the World Cup Round of 16  match at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images

As the clock ticked towards the 90th minute at the Spartak Stadium, thoughts inevitably drifted to what lay ahead for England. Next up would be Sweden(...)

Trumpism: Given US hostility to any kind of welfare state it is unsurprising that nativism, populism and all the other isms are so evident. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty

What’s to be done about populism? Explaining the rise of Donald Trump, Brexit, various European demagogues and neofascists, and Jeremy Corbyn has beco(...)

Mick Jagger: both he and Jeremy Corbyn are frauds when it comes to Brexit. Photograph: Henry Romero/Reuters

In the days following Theresa May’s triggering of Article 50 last March, Mick Jagger sat down to write a pair of songs that would capture “the anxiety(...)

A mural in Dublin commemorating the Easter Rising and, directly underneath, two new bicycle racks in the shape of cars. Photograph: Frank McNally

In a small square off Dublin’s South Great George’s Street, recent renovations have included a mural commemorating the Easter Rising and, directly und(...)

  • 1
  • 2
  • Next
  • Last »