Culture
12 May 2011
If someone asks me to name the contemporary writers I most admire, I reply Martin Amis and Christopher Hitchens. I say...
Culture
15 October 2009
As I sit on a Virgin Pendolino train heading to the north-west, I reflect that this is about the best our railways can...
UK Politics
16 April 2009
British pubs are closing at the rate of 39 a week, and we now have more supermarkets than pubs, which seems so...
Books
19 February 2009
Tony Blair and Gordon Brown believed they had obviated the need for any further discussion of class, this breakthrough...
Culture
02 October 2008
At Waterloo Station ticket office, a sign reads: "Stand here to join the queuing system." The word queue is depressing...
Culture
31 July 2008
Here is a compendium of essays datelined between 2000 and 2008, and concerning Basra, Kabul, Gaza and other places from...
Books
19 June 2008
"If you want a big hit, write a book about the Second World War," a publisher of my acquaintance recently told me. Iraq...
Lifestyle
24 April 2008
I once read that Boris Johnson was paid a quarter of a million pounds a year for his column in the Daily Telegraph, and...
Music and Performance
03 April 2008
"Music has been just as important to me as literature," writes Simon Armitage. "I may own more poems than I do songs,...
Environment
25 October 2007
The key phrase of today is: “Have your say.” All broadcasters and journalists are involved in a campaign against...
Europe
09 August 2007
Paris is one hour ahead of Britain, but to go there just at the moment feels like travelling backwards in time - to a...
Society
30 April 2007
I had begun to think of the Wine Society as the very acme of civilisation. "They'll never send you a bad bottle of wine...
UK Politics
09 April 2007
I can't pretend that I gave anything up this Lent, but I can at least endorse the self-denial of others. A couple of...
Environment
26 February 2007
A couple of years ago, I wrote an article in the NS against the expansion of aviation, and a week later I was invited...
Books
04 September 2006
It was in the sixth form of Nunthorpe Grammar School, York, that I first became properly aware of John Betjeman, whose...

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