Noblesse oblige. At its best, the old aristocracy stood for a commitment to public duty and a sense of fair play. New Labour's money-grabbing cronies are dedicated purely to their own self-advancement. Is the one really better than the other?
14 June 2004
Readers of the New Statesman might well be sceptical of the views of a romantic octogenarian Tory who has always...
18 June 2001
In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz is a wonderfully readable book, written with a novelist's eye that makes Mobutu Sese Seko...
Food and Drink
Grace under pressure. Why must Africa be caricatured as the hopeless continent? Anthony Sampson is inspired by the daring and insight of a master reporter
11 June 2001
Are we at last beginning to see Africa in African terms, without the distorting mirrors of western history and...
22 May 2000
How is it possible to emerge from 25 years in prison as a rounded, tolerant and humorous human being? Ahmed Kathrada,...