Peter Wilby was editor of the Independent on Sunday from 1995 to 1996 and of the New Statesman from 1998 to 2005. He writes the weekly First Thoughts column for the NS.
This week's news, from Erdogan the despot, to memories of Disraeli, and coffee and class.
Peter Wilby on bewildering political change and why he doubt Theresa May would call for a general election.
The incredible shrinking island, how I got it so wrong and the meaning of “Middle England”.
First thoughts on the week's news, from sheepish Etonians to my EU referendum prediction.
The week in the media, from drugs to pub irregulars.
From Kath Viner’s King Lear moment to shooting Meryl Streep’s latest turkey.
Modern cricket has a split personality: the die-hard fans all agree that five-day Test matches and four-day domestic matches represent “proper” cricket, yet worldwide few people turn out to watch them.
Summoning Tory ghosts, Toby Young’s school climbdown and Chatsworth’s shabby show.
Rich List landlords, apologies for Hillsborough, and Lord Baker – my unlikely Tory comrade.
When the press finds a story about a politician’s sex life, the usual practice is to strain every sinew to establish a public-interest justification to publish. . .
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