Reformers vote to make it easier to learn English… These nu, sili speling rools tayk the biskit 

Howz yor speling? An organisation known as the International English Spelling Congress has just voted in favour, or favor, of major reform. Apparently, English takes up to three years longer to master than other languages, and the peculiarities of our spelling sytem are at least partly to blame. The congress is concerned that far too … Read more

ANNA MIKHAILOVA: Because we’re worth it… L’Oreal defends £1million furlough claim

L’Oreal has pocketed nearly £1m in British taxpayer cash – despite making billions in profits during the pandemic. New figures from HM Revenue & Customs reveal the global cosmetic giant was given ‘£500,000 to £1m’ in furlough money in December and January alone – and continues to claim. And while some of the French-based firm’s … Read more

ANNA MIKHAILOVA: Because we’re worth it… L’Oreal defends £1million furlough claim

L’Oreal has pocketed nearly £1m in British taxpayer cash – despite making billions in profits during the pandemic. New figures from HM Revenue & Customs reveal the global cosmetic giant was given ‘£500,000 to £1m’ in furlough money in December and January alone – and continues to claim. And while some of the French-based firm’s … Read more

IAN LLOYD: The Queen’s tenacity and inner strength will carry her through the coming weeks

Royal biographer IAN LLOYD  ‘Grief is the price we pay for love,’ was the message the Queen sent to New York in the aftermath of the September 11 atrocities. They are words worth remembering at the passing of the man she loved since the age of 13 – and which follows one of the most … Read more

PETER HITCHENS: When police start raiding our churches, you know the revolution has begun 

The sight of police closing down a church service is one of the worst moments of this national panic.  I am more and more sure that this country is suffering a revolution in which much that we used to know and believe is being quietly, insistently destroyed. But Scotland Yard’s raid on the Church of Christ … Read more

MAIL ON SUNDAY COMMENT: We must reflect on the virtues Prince Philip represented

The life of Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is one of such astonishing length and intensity, stretching so far back into the unreachable past and containing so much incident, adversity and adventure that it takes Shakespeare to sum it up: ‘We that are young shall never see so much, nor live so long.’ In fact the … Read more

PENNY JUNOR: Prince Philip adored it when you stood up to him… like Prue Leith did! 

Years ago, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh paid a fleeting visit to the Surrey town of Dorking. There were hundreds, if not thousands, of wellwishers penned in behind barriers. Those at the front had been standing there for many hours. Among them was a small child holding a single daffodil. The Queen made … Read more

SARAH VINE: Real men like Prince Philip are rare these days because the modern world despises them 

A few days after the death of King George VI in February 1952, Earl Jowitt, the Lord Chancellor under Clement Attlee, addressed the House of Lords in a message of condolence to the new Queen Elizabeth II. ‘It is, I fear, inevitable that the life of the Sovereign must be in some sense a lonely … Read more