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.
The scandal will surely mean be an excuse for Tories to retire their hearts.
Will the President, as they say, “own” the fall in share prices as he “owned” the rise?
The highly secretive body seems to devote most of its efforts to what, if it were left-wing, would be called plotting.
When on the tube, it’s noticable that those most willing to give up their seats for their elders are young men of Asian heritage.
Before this week, Carillion, the company that has gone into liquidation, was a relative unknown to many Brits.
Readers are left in no doubt that the paper is still a high-minded broadsheet in spirit, if not in format.
At 54-years-old, the journalist seemingly still argues with his late father, the composer of Labour’s 1945 election manifesto, in his head.
Spurious figures based on outdated measures are still published, causing regular bouts of national gloom.
I heard an Oxford professor argue that, far from being mad, the cult leader had a lucidly logical mind.
As former journalists, they spent much of their lives mocking the faint-hearted.