Blair had the rare combination of luck, courage and instinct that guides all great leaders to succes
John Gray assesses the fortunes of the coalition.
Probably the most unfortunate aspect of the word "quango" is the way it rhymes so perfectly with "tango".
Many modern historians have a rose-tinted view of ancient Athenian democracy. But behind the show of
"I don’t need a life model, I am my life model”
Melvyn Bragg talks to one of the great men of American letters about politics, literature and living.
Arts and humanities after the Browne review.
We got a copy of the New Statesman at my grammar school in Wigton, Cumbria, in the 1950s. It sat mint fresh every week on the library table, with two or three other bargain-offer magazines.
Tony Judt’s, that is.
Autumn: season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, and the party conference. If there's one thing a party conference is not, it's mellow. More like: sweaty, gossipy, overpopulated, guff-prone and ego-fuelled.
The American critic’s masterpiece on the roots of communism — <em>To the Finland Station</em> — cont
Not any kind of tapping. Phone-tapping. Pour shame on my head, I get quite excited by the idea of phone-tapping.
The idealistic view of Great Ideas - slim paperback volumes of philosophy, polemic, essays, belles-lettres - is that the existence of the series demonstrates that Penguin has not abandoned Allen Lane's notion, now 75
It's been a long time since a work of academic literary criticism has generated the buzz of newspaper-driven controversy, but Gabriel Josipovici's What Ever Happened to Modernism? seems to have broken the media embarg
In Sense and Sensibility, the favourite poet of passionate young Marianne Dashwood is William Cowper. His "beautiful lines", she declares, have "frequently almost driven me wild".
Pairing people off can have some nasty and unexpected side effects. Occasionally, it works: Torvill and Dean spring to mind, as do Crick and Watson.
Former Northern Rock chairman responds to the NS's lead book reviewer.
Reading a review copy of Roy Hattersley's new life of David Lloyd George last week, I fell to wondering whether history could have worked out differently.
The real problem with sensationalising misogyny is that misogyny is not sensational.
John Gray on Ralph Miliband.
My iPhone broke, so I went to the Genius Bar at the Apple store. (Too much brand terminology; my apologies.) They're not shy, Apple, are they?
Broadstairs, the Isle of Thanet, a frowsty sort of an evening in early August, with shadows forming within shadows down the high street - a run of chip shops, chain stores and charity shops that steepens into a ski jump, which
Decisiveness is generally well regarded, as character traits go. It denotes maturity and leadership.
Ed and David Miliband's father is remembered as a great teacher, devoted to politics as a means of creating social justice, instrumental to the development of the British left.
The astronomer Arthur Eddington once pointed out that where most people see a coffee table, physicists see an area of empty space criss-crossed by ghostly subatomic particles whose electrical and magnetic fields keep books and
Stuart White on "social democracy plus".
When a lad turned up at my comprehensive school in deepest Essex in the late 1970s and claimed a strong interest in mathematics, he was immediately nicknamed "Pillock" and remorselessly bullied until he moved on.
It’s lazy to assume that our health and happiness are moulded more by genetic inheritance than by th