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.
“Taking back control” is a fantasy, and Brussels could decide to make an example of us.
Told the PM that she risks the fate of her predecessor Robert Peel, who split the Conservatives and left them “out of majority office for 28 years”.
We already know that public school alumni dominate the system. But what about the movements that challenge it?
New editor Geordie Greig may have a personally softer stance on Brexit but hard opinions from columnists will still dominate.
Tom Mangold’s documentary, made in 1979 and just shown for the first time on BBC Four, gives a good sense of the period and why Thorpe was cleared.
The bank holiday weekend saw what the BBC called “the mother of all thunderstorms”. In the 1950s, then, I suppose I witnessed the grandmother.
This is the 68th public inquiry set up by ministers since 1990 – the average time from inquiry announcement to final report is two and a half years.
The paper has a peculiar definition of “self-made”.
If you’d suffered half a century of declining living standards, your disgust would be reserved for those who’ve been in charge all that time.
A stockbroker’s son and a CND-supporting poet: the two great commentators embodied the divisions at the heart of the game.