03 March 2003
I am still thinking of that extraordinary weekend, ushered in by the Sturm und Drang of frightened ordinary people (ie...
03 June 2002
Monday: these are amusing, if irritating, times for republicans. I watch the frantic preparations for the spontaneous...
18 March 2002
Last Sunday was a perfect way to start the week: a 70th birthday the dansant at the Waldorf in London's Aldwych for an...
Politics
21 August 2000
Despite having had a singularly bad press for the past couple of decades, there can be little doubt that the vast...
Politics
19 June 2000
The Science Museum has a new exhibit. It is a combination of syringe driver and personal computer that, when loaded...
Politics
03 April 2000
What exactly is going to happen to the £35m that the Chancellor has earmarked for the NHS? How will patients feel the...
Books
11 October 1999
Had the cast of characters in this slender but rich novel not included a parrot with a vocabulary as appalling as it is...
Politics
26 July 1999
If, as we are so often reminded, a nation gets the media it deserves, we must indeed be a stupid and mean-spirited lot...
Food and Drink
03 May 1999
I laid my withers on the line for this book, fully prepared to have them thoroughly wrung. I was excited at the...
Politics
19 April 1999
While it might be going too far to suggest that those whom the NHS loves die young, there is evidence that the NHS is...
Books
01 January 1999
Here are two shocking books. Not because they are lewd and rude; indeed, a great many serious readers today enjoy a...