Books
21 July 2003
Mark Steel is one of a wave of comedians who, to be blunt, aren't very funny. Pretty much interchangeable, their acts...
Politics
14 April 2003
There is an important book waiting to be written about the changing relationship between the media and politicians, the...
Ideas
24 February 2003
Last July, the Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman entered his tenth decade. As the inventor of monetarism...
Politics
02 September 2002
This will not be an unbiased review. The first two volumes of Robert Caro's biography of Lydon B Johnson were...
UK Politics
26 August 2002
I cannot remember ever before feeling pain when reading a book. Boredom, yes. Annoyance, yes. But not real, physical...
UK Politics
15 July 2002
It may be a cliche to point out that what happens in the US happens here about five years later, but, like most cliches...
Culture
15 July 2002
Leos Janacek was the greatest opera composer of the 20th century, and arguably the greatest composer ever. His operas...
UK Politics
13 May 2002
"Knock, knock." "Who's there?" "Mo." "Mo who?" "Politics is a cruel business." Remember Mo Mowlam? She used to be the...
Books
18 March 2002
In December 2000, the Guardian reported on its front page that Chris Woodhead, the former chief inspector of schools,...
Food and Drink
28 January 2002
Whatever else Philip Collins does with his life, he has managed the unusual feat of combining the words "think-tank...
Food and Drink
17 December 2001
A couple of weeks ago, I heard someone say that we should feel sorry for Jim Naughtie. His book The Rivals: the...
Books
10 December 2001
Twenty years ago, it seemed as if there would be no "next generation" of great conductors. Although the baton had...
Culture
08 October 2001
After four years in government, only two Labour ministers have emerged with significantly higher reputations than they...
Culture
24 September 2001
For nearly two decades, I had a season ticket to the Proms - until fast-dawning middle age meant that sitting, rather...
Books
02 July 2001
Ask almost any pianist - one could almost say any musician - who was the greatest of the 20th century, and the chances...

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