Politics
15 May 2008
Obviously, I'd like to think of myself as the sort of person who would rather spend a spare hour reading a think-tank...
25 September 2006
The first time I ever came across Quizmania I thought my television was playing up. The screen said ITV1, but the...
Lifestyle
24 July 2006
"You must have parked it somewhere else," I keep saying stupidly. We both stare at the road outside my flat, as if it...
TV and Radio
15 May 2006
The BBC's recent report on its coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict did little more than state the obvious. It...
UK Politics
06 March 2006
A few weeks ago a friend texted me. "Just flicked over to Question Time and Adam Rickitt is on panel. WHAT IS GOING ON...
Books
11 July 2005
A flaw in much modern memoir is the discrepancy between form and content. The people who know how to write seem to...
Books
21 February 2005
Nick Flynn's father used to boast that he was writing the great American novel. It was a work of genius, a ground-...
10 January 2005
Christmas Day was spent with a 14-year-old girl and her mother, who is struggling to get off heroin. The girl used to...
Books
23 August 2004
This was an excellent idea for a book. Surprisingly little has been written about the hypocrisy of middle-class...
Books
29 March 2004
At one point in the mid-to-late 1990s, Bridget Jones's Diary was making the bestsellers list; Channel 4's Friends was...
Books
08 December 2003
Book reviewing has a tendency to unleash the inner schoolteacher. Out comes the red pen, and before long the book in...
World Affairs
11 August 2003
For complicated reasons that now escape me, when I was 19 years old I spent a night in Magaluf. This was before...
UK Politics
14 July 2003
Great Notley Garden Village lies on the outskirts of Braintree, but it is neither a village nor a suburb. The 2,000 new...
Books
14 April 2003
Despite knowing what a bore other people's nostalgia can be, I still can't help sometimes mentioning that I was 12...

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