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Johnson is no fool. He may act the fool, but he knows how to get what he wants.
Rarely has unifying and inspired leadership been more needed. But there is little prospect of Boris Johnson providing it.
In the UK, the Labour leadership and its most prominent supporters have a Warrior mindset. In the US, the social justice movement is Warrior-led.
While the Lib Dem revival is taking Labour’s votes, it is costing the Conservatives more seats.
Some of the unique reminders of those days in the 1970s are voices. When the voice on the end of the line says “It’s Tom”, I know that means Tom Stoppard.
Unless President Macron decides to help Johnson by vetoing an extension, Remainer MPs may be able to thwart Johnson’s plan to leave on October 31.
Thanks to the internet, I now know that there is a person in the world who can read about the death of ten-year-old Darlyn Cristabel Cordova-Valle from El Salvador and reply “bummer”.
The 1951 crisis had been triggered that June by Mohammad Mosaddeq’s takeover of the Iranian operations of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company.
Your weekly round-up of the best gossip from Westminster
“This seat is a battleground for the future of British politics”
An overvalued currency suppresses demand in the domestic economy by making our exports less competitive and encouraging consumers to rely on imports.
Game Over dramatises the murder, five years ago, of 14-year-old Breck Bednar.
Boris Johnson’s arrival in Downing Street as prime minister signals the end of the UK as a serious country.
The new prime minister is despised by many of those Tory MPs who now publicly support him. Can he command a party that is so bitterly split?
Coming to terms with my obsessive compulsive disorder.
Christophe Guilluy writes from the left but has been acclaimed by the right. He believes that France, with its citadels of globalised wealth, is becoming like America but reserves his greatest contempt for bohemian liberals.
In his history of capitalism’s rise, Donald Sassoon argues that for the economic system to work both the state and the population must accept its drawbacks as well as its benefits.
From Elvis to Justin Bieber, pop idols provide a powerful buzz; but fandoms also hold a social and emotional significance to those involved.
Language, poetry and syntax are inextricably intertwined with Arabian history – modern Arab leaders have tried to master its linguistic forms precisely because they matter so much.
New books by science writer Angela Saini and psychology professor Jennifer Eberhard look at the “scientific” evolution of racism throughout history.
While there’s nothing wrong with the tale of a summer romance, it feels as if Nicholls is playing it safe.
Yeats and Beckett haunt Barry’s Booker-longlisted novel about a woebegone pair of middle-aged Cork-born gangsters waiting in a Spanish port.
In explaining why labour markets aren’t working, the book identifies a number of deep-seated flaws in modern capitalism.
McCulloch’s Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language, Davies’s Homesick: Why I Live in a Shed, and Phillips’s Attention Seeking.
In the National Theatre's new play, Kelly is 27, a virgin and desperate to know what sex is like.
A haunting fable with a dramatic score and a cumulative power, it is perhaps not surprising that Rusalka is Dvorák’s most successful opera.
In a luxury hotel, we see a compartmentalised world where wealthy guests are oblivious to those who make their detritus, and their problems, disappear.
After such a great first season, it was surprising to see how sloppy the writing became in series two.
As Michael Goldfarb drew repeated attention to Lumet’s sense of the bootlessness of structures, I wondered, was this at the very root of his famed brilliance with actors?
The mind needs a space to wander free, encountering the fauna, real or imagined, with whom we share this earth, and the elements that shape that shared terrain.
It’s been an interesting week.
Something I've noticed cooks often say is: “You can keep it in the fridge in a Tupperware and have it every night and every day at work too if you want.” That speaks for itself.
The actor and playwright talks the 1936 Battle of Cable Street, former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir, and the 19th-century actor Edmund Kean.
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