Books
28 October 2010
Journalism is essentially a transient trade, offering at most a fleeting fame. Probably the best-known journalist of...
Books
30 August 2010
This is a slightly unusual book - a kind of print version of the BBC's highly successful television series Who Do You...
Books
16 July 2010
This is an excellent biography, if of a faintly old-fashioned sort. Although he eventually became a life peer as Lord...
UK Politics
01 October 2009
There is an obvious challenge facing any author seeking to tell the life story of Alan Clark. He has, after all, filled...
Books
11 June 2009
Journalism has never been a particularly glamorous trade, but every so often it throws up a figure who becomes, however...
Books
21 May 2009
On Peter Hitchens
UK Politics
02 April 2009
The Barack Obama visit ought to count as a plus for Gordon Brown. True, it was all due to the luck of the draw – the UK...
UK Politics
20 November 2008
Half a dozen years ago Lord Radice, then freshly recruited from the Commons to the Lords, published a book entitled...
Politics
02 October 2008
Ministerial reshuffles seldom, if ever, change anything. In fact, the only one I can recall that did (and then...
Society
24 January 2008
Until 1 January 1961, national service was mandatory in Britain. Under the pseudonym National Serviceman, Anthony...
World Affairs
09 October 2006
It all occurred half a century ago and now, I can hardly believe it ever happened. In mid-October 1956, at the age of...
Politics
15 August 2005
Robin Cook first became formally associated with the NS in March 1974, when, as a 28-year-old newly elected MP, he...
Books
21 February 2005
John Sergeant was always a somewhat underrated Westminster journalist. He eventually became the BBC's chief political...
Books
17 May 2004
No modern biographer can ever have paced himself more carefully than the late Roy Jenkins. Every five years or so there...
Culture
14 July 2003
During the 1940s, the 1950s and the 1960s there was one constant political presence within the Kremlin. Presidents,...

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