The conflict between instict and reason has left me having a small domestic disagreement in my head.
Tim Farron is a northern, left-leaning, state-educated Chrisian - and doesn't obey the party line. As one senior party figure put it, "Which bit of the sanctimonious, God-bothering, trecherous little shit is there not to like?"
A horrible feeling has grown inside me: that the Conservatives will not only form the next government but get a small overall majority.
Woven into the very fabric of Westminster are assumptions about who the building – and, by extension, our democracy – is intended to serve. The lack of convenient disabled access and the shortage of ladies’ loos in the old palace are daily reminders that parliament wasn’t built with those groups in mind.
The Conservatives' obsession with subsidising ownership neglects the UK's nine million private renters.
The conventional wisdom suggests a violent reading of the Quran is at the heart of Islamic State's political violence – but it's wrong.
In 2007, Dan Jarvis led a unit of paratrooners in Helmand Province. Four years later, he became MP for Barnsley Central. Xan Rice meets him and asks: could he go even higher?
Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant and Tom McCarthy's Satin Island have opposite problems: one too little stretched long, the other overstuffed.
The Laughing Monsters has no tension - this is a sour, overwrought novel which fills a continent with cheap laughs and cardboard villians.
The title of veteran rock writer Johnny Rogan's biography Ray Davies: a Complicated Life may be something of an understatement.
A hero of the 1968 generation, Raymond Williams was inextricably linked to where he came from and common experience. In an era of diluted politics, it's time to return to his work.
From Bansky to Martin Bell, Kembrew McLeod's Pranksters: Making Mischief in the Modern World shows how pranks shake things up.
The writer of such “northern” hits as Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley explains why she finds such categorisation redundant.
From Achilles in London to Christ in Rio, public art sticks in cities' throats.
Katrine Marçal's Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? reminds us how Homo economicus has always been supported by free, underacknowldged, female labour.
Some think of the impressionists as the painterly equivalent of easy listening. Inventing Impressionism, themed around the collection of Paul Durand-Ruel, shows just how wrong they are.
Clever pacing and Julianne Moore's Oscar-winning performance can't disguise the hedged bets and risks not taken.
The new Carole King musical - apparently.
Season three of House of Cards reaps diminishing returns.
George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman and David Hare's The Absence of War have an ideology that speaks to today's politics.
"Wenger sat there silently, on the verge of a seizure."
Tradition tells us if a bird sings at night, it's a nightingale. But it's not quite that simple.
"I told the student representative that you have terrible asthma."
Oliver Frederick Stanley was MP for Westmorland in 1924-45.
“Can you tell us who he is? So we know which one to photograph?”
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