In his anger, Cameron has made Britain a toxic brand

Anger suits David Cameron. Its one of the modes he does well. He is skilled at contrition his Bloody Sunday apology was the moment he became, rather than merely held the office of, prime minister but fury is his forte. The cheeks colour, the fist pounds the podium, the words turn plain and demotic. On Friday he channelled the voice of middle-aged men everywhere as they open a brown envelope to discover an unexpected demand for cash. Im not paying that bill, he said, the face puce. Its not going to happen.

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Isis and Ebola: the twin threats that reveal our impotence

In our sense of terror, Islamic State and the virus feed each other. But from airports to airstrikes, the response is glaringly inadequateThey are dark, unseen enemies, come from far away and they are scaring us witless. Isis is not a disease, and Ebo...

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Nigel Farage is the Captain Mainwaring of our time

Ukips rise, like the return of Dads Army, suggests a nation still yearning for the days when it stood aloneNot sure about Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring. Im not convinced he has the face for that permanent look of puffed-up exasperation. Bill Nighy a...

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Too much out in the cold

It is the festival of exile. I know the notion of wandering and of a temporary home is built into the very idea of Succot, but that's not what I mean. Rather, it's the weather. The prospect of eating and sleeping outdoors, with only the slimmest canopy...

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Scrapping human rights law is an act of displaced fury

The Tory plan to break with the European court is all about blunting Ukips bayonets channelling rage that should be aimed elsewhereIts the spelling mistake that gives the game away. Like a twist in a fine legal thriller, a single misplaced letter in t...

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David Cameron has fired the election starting gun

The prime minister has left Conservatives feeling they hold the advantage after a fortnight of duelling party conferencesThe phoney war is over. The campaign for 2015 has begun. On Wednesday, in what may well have been his sharpest, most effective spee...

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