Leo McKinstry

The Roof Of The London Apollo Theatre Collapses During A Performance

Why can’t firefighters double as paramedics?

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Our firefighters have less and less to do. So why shouldn’t they help overstretched ambulance services?


Unions vs workers – this is David Cameron’s chance to strike back

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Trade unions have ceased to serve working people. It’s time to act against them


The squeezed middle is a myth

16 August 2014 9:00 am

With soaring house prices and low interest rates, the middle classes are doing rather well. But you’d never think so to hear them


If homophobia is a problem for bobsled, why is it OK for cricket?

8 March 2014 9:00 am

If anti-gay laws make it wrong to ski in Russia, don’t they also make it wrong to play cricket in Bangladesh?

Gin Lane

Less alcohol, fewer drugs: how the British seem to be shedding their harmful habits

25 May 2013 9:00 am

Contrary to popular belief, Britons’ harmful habits seem to be on the wane

A mayor for Whitehall

21 April 2012 5:00 pm

Siobhan Benita’s sanctimonious and mystifying bid to run London

Lack of appeal

7 April 2012 2:00 pm

The creepy campaign to free Jeremy Bamber

Give me strength

24 March 2012 4:00 pm

Carlsberg Special Brew is the beer of Churchill, Kingsley Amis – and me. They can’t ban it

In praise of the police

8 October 2011 8:00 pm

Outside London, at least, there are still officers who have their priorities right – as I discovered when my home was burgled


Aces high

23 June 2010 12:00 am

Seventy years after the RAF repelled the Luftwaffe, the Battle of Britain continues to have a powerful resonance.

Our lazy firemen must make a radical change

23 July 2008 12:00 am

Britain’s firefighters are under-worked and inflexible, says Leo McKinstry. It’s time we created a unified emergency service

Naked commercial greed meets Stalinist control

4 June 2008 12:00 am

When Leo McKinstry objected to his neighbours’ plan to build two blocks of flats, he quickly discovered the limits of ‘community empowerment’ under New Labour

Fighting Gerry on two fronts

28 May 2008 12:00 am

Leo McKinstry on Patrick Bishop's first novel

Sorry, but family history really is bunk

30 April 2008 12:00 am

Leo McKinstry says the current craze for genealogy reflects an unhealthy combination of snobbery and inverse snobbery, and is a poor replacement for national history

A working-class villain

23 April 2008 12:00 am

Leo McKinstry on Andrew Hosken's biography of Ken Livingstone

No more Troubles

6 February 2008 12:00 am

Leo McKinstry says that Belfast is one of the most appealing cities in Europe


How to waste £2.3 billion of public money

28 November 2007 12:00 am

Spend it on bureaucracy in the regional development agencies


How labour unrest nearly lost us the Battle of Britain

14 November 2007 12:00 am

How it nearly cost us the war


Why the kid should have gone to the chair

12 September 2007 4:58 pm

Why Twelve Angry Men is liberal twaddle

Rosebery: the other waiting Scot

30 May 2007 10:37 pm

Striking parallels with Gordon Brown

Not ‘cricket’s darkest hour’

23 August 2006 2:45 pm

Leo McKinstry says that the Pakistani players have behaved like spoilt children and that the sport has survived far worse controversies than this flurry of feeble pique

High priestess of Tory sleaze

18 March 2006 12:00 am

‘She can’t stand that woman,’ an aide of Mrs Thatcher once said of Dame Shirley Porter, the notorious, scandal-prone leader…

Hate, hypocrisy and hysteria

21 January 2006 12:00 am

Leo McKinstry says that the tabloid moralists should stop hurling abuse at Ruth Kelly and think about their own role in perverting national life

Young people are the business

12 November 2005 12:00 am

They are not feckless booze-hounds, says Leo McKinstry. They are clean and sober, and keen on capitalism

Disability allowances

17 September 2005 12:00 am

Leo McKinstry reports that even crack addicts can now claim to be disabled, and sue for compensation if they are sacked