19 July 2004
History is meant to be the responsibility of presidents and prime ministers. Usually it is. Just occasionally, however...
The natural diplomat. Patient, courteous and highly respected, Douglas Hurd was a moderating influence throughout his years in government. But he was considered too much of a toff to be prime minister. Malcolm Rifkind remembers life at the Foreign Office
06 October 2003
These memoirs are unusual for a cabinet minister. They really are about the life of the author. They are neither a...
05 May 2003
Harold Macmillan once memorably observed that whenever he felt bored, he liked to go to bed with a Trollope. Well, I...
Everyone needs a Willie. Margaret Thatcher's trusted deputy may have appeared an amiable old buffer, but he was also irascible and "infinitely cunning". By Malcolm Rifkind
07 October 2002
Splendid! Splendid!: the authorised biography of Willie Whitelaw Mark Garnett and Ian Aitken Jonathan Cape, 386pp,...
Writing home. Malcolm Rifkind on why a miraculous intervention is needed if peace is ever to return to the Holy Land
06 May 2002
Martin Gilbert is a splendid but sometimes idiosyncratic historian. To write the definitive biography of Winston...
18 February 2002
It remains a great mystery why Scotland, a small, impoverished country on the western extremity of Europe, should, in...
02 October 2000
I have every reason to be grateful to Michael Heseltine. If he had not been good enough to walk out of the Cabinet on a...
08 May 2000
Working with Margaret Thatcher was never dull. She takes you by surprise as much by her innocence as by her convictions...
Seven years in the madhouse. A moody, irascible Shetlander or a faithful friend? Malcolm Rifkind on the two faces of Norman Lamont and continuing civil war in the Tory party
25 October 1999
Norman Lamont opens his memoirs with a splendid confession. He informs his readers that the austere surroundings of the...