Politics
27 January 2003
When the young John Maynard Keynes resigned from the India Office in 1908, his superior wrote back: "I have never...
Ideas
17 December 2001
A few years ago, I was doing fieldwork in Silicon Valley, California, when the company I was studying suddenly...
Culture
23 April 2001
"Bach is the least abstract composer who ever lived - he's the most pictorial, the most utterly human." And that is why...
Culture
04 December 2000
Opera has always had an affinity to adultery. Secret meetings, betrayals, sudden discovery - this is the erotic stuff...
Culture
18 September 2000
News comes of the escalating spat between the violinist Nigel Kennedy and the impresario Sir John Drummond. Kennedy has...
Ideas
05 June 2000
Cities can be badly run, crime-infested, dirty and decaying. Yet many people think it worth living even in the worst of...
Politics
31 January 2000
At university, I endured a windbag lecturer - he must have left the heady port fumes of Oxford for the snows of Chicago...
Ideas
31 May 1999
A portent of adult life came to me as an adolescent, walking through a Chicago slum neighbourhood with my uncle, a...
Books
15 January 1999
In the snobbish left-wing milieu into which cruel fate has cast me, the name George Soros provokes faint smiles or...