Zero carbon targets are a ticking time bomb for British pensions

As if climate change does not engender enough worries about flooding, droughts, storms and bush fires, there is another consequence we often fail to appreciate – the impact on financial services and pensions in particular.

Mark Carney, the Bank of England governor, has told the BBC that savers are vulnerable to changing patterns of investment demanded by the requirement to meet net zero carbon emissions over the next 30 years.

The scale of the adjustment that pension companies will have to make is only slowly becoming apparent. Mr Carney, who will step down as governor in the New Year after seven years in post, said the assets of millions could be rendered “worthless” unless this was handled…

If Boris Johnson can win, then so can Donald Trump

The forces at play in last week’s resounding victory for the Tories are similar to those facing the president

After the astonishing Tory win, I’m upgrading Donald Trump’s chances of re-election from “weak” to “strong”. Brexit and Trump dance a minuet. The surprise Brexit victory in 2016 made Trump’s election seem possible; Boris Johnson’s new majority, built on the slogan “Get Brexit Done”, suggests Trump will beat the Democrats next year. Why? Because the forces at play are so alike.

There are big differences. Brexit is far more popular than Trump for a start, partly because Trump is more controversial on multiple levels. Brexit will change some very important things in Britain but it has…

Boris Johnson is getting Brexit done, and there is nothing his opposition can do to stop him

Boris Johnson has shown what he can do with his massive majority by passing his Brexit deal through the House of Commons at second reading without a sweat.

That 358-238 win, marking a thumping majority in favour of the deal in principle of 124, was a welcome departure from the previous parliament, which was dogged by agonisingly constant stasis as the Government staggered on to survive through endless knife-edge votes. While Mr Johnson managed to persuade MPs in the tail-end of that hung parliament to back his deal at second reading by a majority of 30, that was only by coaxing Labour MPs with a bevy of baubles. Even then, those Labourites only backed it in the hope of softening the terms even…

On trans issues, as with so much else, social media is turning our ignorance into certainty

Our age of instant information obliges us to hold opinions on things we don’t know much about

Sometimes people wonder why a minority topic should galvanise so much attention. Why, for instance, is there so much coverage in the press of the “trans” issue? Very few people are transgender – far less than 0.5 per cent of the population. And yet every day’s news seems to have something about it. Why?

Events this week inadvertently point to some answers. Former NHS staff fear that the health service is “over-diagnosing” children with gender dysphoria. What is more, psychologists who have worked in the system have said that they are unable to properly assess patients because of fears that they will…

It is depressing that a party riven with anti-Semitism still commands such support

Another interesting question for Thursday’s result is has the charge against Labour of institutional anti-Semitism cut through? In an interview with Andrew Marr, John McDonnell expressed “worry” that the row might affect the election result, which is a pretty depressing way to view the matter.

If Jeremy Corbyn is defeated, the acrimony will be intense. After four years of extremism and hate, we all have the measure of the far-Left: they don’t go down without a fight.

What is truly depressing, however, is that the anti-Semitism problem hasn’t driven Labour even further down the polls, preferably to single digits. There are three possibilities: some voters don’t believe it, they don’t care or they…

Wanted: A radical campaign for truth and freedom in the gender recognition debate

If, like us and most people, you’re interested in sex, it’s been a big week.

Attendees at the employment tribunal of a female researcher, sacked for tweeting that ‘male people are not women’, heard from her former employer that holding this belief was “incompatible with human dignity”. Meanwhile, a man launched a judicial review of police guidance on transgender hate crime, after being investigated for tweeting a “gender critical” limerick.

These days, the hottest topic isn’t who’s sleeping with whom, but rather definition itself. Even our use of ‘female’ and ‘man’ in the previous paragraph is controversial. The very concepts of sex and gender are under the spotlight, and if you say something…