By James Fenton. Originally published in the New Statesman on 6 February 1976, selected by <strong>B
If we want politicians to reflect society, should we not welcome the odd bloke who gets off on the s
A Monty Python moment over Iran, and trouble for the artist formerly known as an MP
Compromise is a curious creature. In private life it suggests maturity, a willingness to concede for the sake of harmony. In business and diplomacy it can be ambiguous. In politics, particularly British politics, it connotes weakness, and that simply won't do.
When the state starts arresting people with iced cakes, it really is time to change the law, or for
Observations on education
The pervs are everywhere - under the bed, in the gym, in the classroom, in a chatroom near you. The message to parents in the lurid newspaper headlines is that it is no longer safe to send your children to school.
Like Blair in the 1990s, the Tory leader is being all things to all men, writes John Harris. For all
Their primal-screaming, Trotskyist, free-love solution to a 1970s housing problem has a message for
Exclusive: A secret memo reveals the truth: the government knows rendition is illegal but it has no
High rollers return to the Tories, the Sun King cools off, and why Mrs Ming should be afraid
The press can just about tolerate successful and clever women, and quite likes earth mothers, but it
Observations on rail
My Blair teeth are starting to hurt. The dentures I use when impersonating the Prime Minister are no
By Kingsley Martin. Originally published in the New Statesman on 4 July 1959, selected by <strong>Br
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For some time I have been coming to terms with an addiction. It has become clear to both colleagues
Across a whole range of issues, including even abortion and rape, women's rights are being challenge
Politics, the headlines scream, is getting exciting again. Maybe, but then again, maybe not. It depends on who you ask and it depends on what you mean by politics. Certainly, the arrival last month of King Dave has had a galvanising effect on the rarefied world of Westminster.
It is probably not quite what they meant by "breaking the mould" of British politics. But 25 years after the Gang of Four issued the Limehouse Declaration, the Social Democratic Party lives on - in Bridlington, east Yorkshire.
The Tory leader writers sounded as if they had discovered mouse droppings in a relative's kitchen, b
Twenty-five years after the SDP was born, it is fashionable to say that Blair and new Labour are the
If you were a member of the Garrick Club, or the Athenaeum or Reform, you would expect staff and members to keep your secrets, and so it is with the Palace of Westminster - the best club in London, some of its members call it.
In Turkey, even assisting the state security forces comes at a price. Consider the case of Private C
David Miliband (Labour), David Cameron (Tory) and Nick Clegg (Lib Dem) lead the new wave in politics
It was Tony Blair who brought history into it. That was in a speech to the US Congress in July 2003, when he declared that he was "confident history will forgive" those who, a couple of months earlier, had destroyed the "threat" from Saddam Hussein.
That serial cabinet resigner Alan Milburn is back as the outgoing leader's counsel on public service reform, a process known, in the Tory era, as privatisation.