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Susie Dent: ‘There has never been a golden age of English. Even in the era of Keats and Shakespeare, people complained about the abuse of language.’ Photograph: Stewart Williams

The Countdown lexicographer on a life-long love of languages, accidental fame and why ‘gobsHIte’ isn’t as Irish as we think In the dumbed-down w(...)

Before she was made Northern Ireland secretary, Karen Bradley was unaware that nationalists did not vote for unionist parties. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

A senior Tory MP has expressed regret at the “hurt” her words caused while serving as Northern Ireland secretary. Karen Bradley spent 18 months in th(...)

‘Where’s the nearest buffet?’ Holliday Grainger and Tom Burke in Strike: Lethal White

As regular readers of this column will know, there’s nothing I like better than a television protagonist with a random noun or verb as a surname that (...)

The statue of Edward Colston being retrieved from the harbour in Bristol. Photograph: AFP via Getty

The statue of slave trader Edward Colston that was pulled down during an anti-racism demonstration has been lifted out of Bristol Harbour. Bristol Ci(...)

British health secretary Matt Hancock lost his temper at a BBC radio interviewer asking about the government’s handling of the crisis. Photograph: Pippa Fowles/EPA

I had never heard of Heather Wheeler before this month and it is possible I never will again. But I think I will always treasure my first sight of the(...)

Boris Johnson heads to a fridge to cool off on  the UK election campaign trail. Photograph: ITV screenshot

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has poked fun at the British prime minister who was seen entering a fridge in an apparent attempt to avoid being interview(...)

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking after the programme motion setting out the proposed timetable for the Brexit withdrawal Agreement Bill was defeated in a vote in the House of Commons in London on October 22nd, 2019. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told President of the European Council Donald Tusk he supports a Brexit extension for the UK. Speaking on Wednesday mornin(...)

Sterling is likely to weaken as markets open, said Lee Evans, head of foreign exchange trading and strategy at Bank of Ireland’s markets and treasury division. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP

Sterling and European markets are likely to succumb to another wave of volatility this week as the odds of a no-deal Brexit have tightened after UK pr(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar    said many of the Government’s preparations for a no-deal Brexit would be stood down if the House of Commons votes to approve the new agreement. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has sought to reassure unionists that the constitutional position of Northern Ireland is unaffected by the new Brexit agreement(...)

When Louis Met...: Louis Theroux with Jimmy Savile. Photograph: BBC

A LARGE PART OF LOUIS THEROUX’S NEW AUTOBIOGRAPHY IS DEVOTED TO HIS ENCOUNTERS WITH JIMMY SAVILE – THE LATE BBC PRESENTER, WE NOW KNOW, WAS A SEX(...)

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