Simon Targett

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Friday, 18 October 2019

Brexit shows good old fashioned negotiation is still in style 

When the history of Brexit comes to be written, the one word (other than “Brexit”) that will appear more than …

By Simon Targett

Friday, 7 June 2019

The lost art of losing

It’s not often that I agree with Nigel Farage. In fact, make that almost never. But he did say something …

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Friday, 3 May 2019

Why Cambridge must go beyond virtue signalling with its review of slavery

I know I’m not “transgender”. But, until this week, I had no idea I was “cisgender”. That’s the neologism that …

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Friday, 1 March 2019

Kepa, Brexit and the art of compromise: Why it doesn’t need to end in tears

And so, in the end, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Chelsea’s goalkeeper, had his comeuppance, of sorts. Fined £190,000—a week’s wages—for his mutinous …

By Simon Targett

Friday, 22 February 2019

The rise of the “Left” - how the trend to disconnect could leave us left behind

You could say that the left wing tendency is on the rise. Not in the sense of red flag-waving Corbynistas, …

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Friday, 8 February 2019

Why our divided country needs a day of national reconciliation after Brexit

Who now remembers the day when the UK joined what was then the European Economic Community? If you know that …

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Friday, 18 January 2019

What Theresa May can learn from football's Marcelo Bielsa

“Some people believe football is a matter of life and death,” the great Liverpool manager Bill Shankly once said, before …

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Friday, 21 December 2018

What Theresa 'Dancing Queen' May can learn from jazz giant Duke Ellington

“Democracy is the worst form of government,” Winston Churchill once said, “except for all the others.” As the Brexit debate …

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

The speech that made the difference: why John Bercow is the new Geoffrey Howe

When historians look back on the events of the past few weeks, what will be the event they point to …

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