John Gray is the New Statesman’s lead book reviewer. His latest book is The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Enquiry into Human Freedom.
As Britain’s imperial elite dissolved, the charming double agent clung to his precious badge of identity: an Old Etonian tie.
If the Blairites are beached in the past, Jeremy Corbyn addresses a non-existent world.
The Black Mirror and The Worm at the Core reveal the human obsession with, and denial of, our mortality.
Joseph Goebbels embraced barbarism to escape the chaos of his time.
A great philosophical love affair - and the economist fascinated by it.
Ed Miliband wanted to govern a land that doesn’t exist. If his successors seek to change Britain, they must first be ready to understand it.
Insanity was "a disease of civilisation".
John Gray reviews Greg Garrett’s Entertaining Judgement: the Afterlife in Popular Imagination.
For all their lapses, the Labour leaders of the past had a firmer grasp of reality than their contemporary counterparts.