World War Two

Why face masks weren’t compulsory during WW2

15 July 2020 6:42 pm

Britain has been here before when it comes to furores about face masks. Exactly 80 years ago the same argument…

pigeons

Pigeons are the solution to the statue controversy

2 July 2020 2:25 am

Will nobody think of the pigeons? That thought has repeatedly occurred to me, as beloved roosts for generations of urban…

german

Trump’s German troop withdrawal will hurt America

9 June 2020 11:50 pm

Tensions between Germany and the United States have increased considerably since Donald Trump became President. Trump has repeatedly criticized Berlin…

covid

Does COVID-19 mean socialism or social collapse?

7 May 2020 3:36 am

Inequality is the price we pay for civilization. Property rights, inheritance customs and unequal gains from technological innovation have long…

Will Japan ban its 'offensive' Rising Sun flag at the Tokyo Olympics?

4 March 2020 8:54 pm

Ant and Dec have done most things in their long careers in light entertainment. But the versatile duo broke new…

War of the Worlds is as bad as Doctor Who

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Edwardian England deserved everything it got from those killer Martian invaders. Or so I learned from the BBC’s latest adaptation…

Dispatch from Pegasus Bridge, Normandy

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Pegasus Bridge, Normandy   We’re taking morning coffee at the Café Gondrée, which skirts the bridge. It still belongs to…

Was there pleasure at Passchendaele?

18 November 2017 9:00 am

At ten to eleven we filed outside the church and assembled in the graveyard around a small cenotaph commemorating the…

Twenty things I will ban when I am elected your Dictator For Life in 2016

12 December 2015 9:00 am

The two things I hate most about Christmas are a) Advertland showing me how sparkly and joyous my home and…

‘Exceptionally good’: Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain in ‘Testament of Youth’

Shirley Williams: Saving my mother from the scriptwriters

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Jasper Rees talks to Shirley Williams about the forthcoming screen portrayal of her mother