Politics

Why the Tories won’t let me display a local election poster

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Being told by the Tories not to put a local election poster in my window because it will only remind…

How 20th-century artists rescued the Crucifixion

27 March 2021 9:00 am

Two millennia ago, in the outer reaches of the empire, the Romans performed a routine execution of a Galilean rebel.…

Scottish Tories must be more than the angry party of no

16 March 2021 8:03 am

Among the many challenges facing Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross has been the question of definition. It is difficult to…

Inside the £2.9 million Downing Street press room

16 March 2021 4:42 am

This afternoon ITV got the scoop they were all after – pictures of the elusive Downing Street press conference room. The…

My advice to Trump supporters? Smile and take it

28 November 2020 9:00 am

New York There are times, living in this here dump, when I doubt if anyone’s heard of the word magnanimity.…

A cautionary tale about how democracy can subvert itself: Bunga Bunga reviewed

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Italy has long captivated romantics from rainy, dreary, orderly northern Europe. Goethe, Stendhal, Keats and Shelley all flocked to Italy…

Enough plotlines to power several seasons of The West Wing: BBC1's Roadkill reviewed

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Like many a political thriller before it, BBC1’s Roadkill began with a politician emerging into the daylight to face a…

The politics of hair dye

18 July 2020 9:00 am

‘What are you going to put on my head to protect me?’ said the man outside the barber’s shop to…

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How the Supreme Court became the ‘most dangerous branch’

10 July 2020 1:48 am

From 1969 to today, presidents have appointed eighteen men and women to the U.S. Supreme Court. Of those eighteen justices,…

What angry young French men want

27 June 2020 9:00 am

Chatting on the café terrace with my new friends Didier and Emile made me aware that certain political ideas, which…

Is left the new right?

20 June 2020 9:00 am

I took a table on the terrace of the reopened bar and ordered une pression from the waitress. ‘Back to…

An 11-year-old’s birthday party was hijacked by Brexit

6 June 2020 9:00 am

Saturday night we ate outside next to the floodlit rock face. Four adult guests came puffing up the path and…

In this strange new world, where do we find purpose?

28 March 2020 9:00 am

Perhaps we are at least past the beginning of this crisis. The phase where the hunt for multipacks of loo-rolls…

How I fell out of love with the BBC

7 March 2020 9:00 am

One of the many technological things I don’t understand is, how come I’m paying to watch television? I know why…

Oracles, perverts and the Dirtbag Left

7 March 2020 9:00 am

For 500 years the State Oracle of Tibet has worked as a kind of angry immortal advisor to the Dalai…

Radio 4's new H.P. Lovecraft adaptation will give you the chills

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Of all the many things I’ve learned from the radio so far this decade, the most deranging is that the……

Benjamin Disraeli — inventor of English political fiction

11 January 2020 9:00 am

For our fractured times, the release of Disraeli’s Sybil in unabridged audio, narrated with the respect it deserves by Tim…

The Middle East for dummies

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad   The French have a saying: ‘Il n’y a rien de plus bête que le sourire du gagnant.’ In…

How the Conservative strategy is faring across the country

9 December 2019 11:18 pm

It’s the week of the election and Boris Johnson is to spend the final days of the campaign visiting every…

I’ve finally found out the truth about my horse-riding nemesis

30 November 2019 9:00 am

She was a trade union activist, she told me. She wanted a second referendum. Well, they all do. I’m starting…

Dear Mary: What should I do about a Lib Dem friend who can no longer take a joke?

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Q. I sent a WhatsApp message to a Lib Dem friend of 15 years. ‘How are you finding being a…

General de Gaulle’s advice to the young Queen Elizabeth

14 September 2019 9:00 am

There were so many ear-catching moments in Peter Hennessy’s series for Radio 4, Winds of Change, adapted from his new…

Funny, short and cheap to stage, Hansard is an excellent bet for a transfer

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Hansard is the debut play by actor Simon Woods, who enjoys a deep knowledge of his subject. The characters are…

I have no clue what’s going on, but can’t wait to find out: BBC1’s The Capture reviewed

7 September 2019 9:00 am

How did the police ever solve any crimes before CCTV? That was the question which sprang to mind watching the…

Watching Stephen Fry was like being in the presence of a god

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Stephen Fry lies prone on an empty stage. A red ball rolls in from the wings and bashes him in…