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.
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.
Conservatives prize previous experience in finance over all else, yet it doesn’t translate to a great department of state.
If we had a braver government, it would revisit the issue.
Downing Street’s legal advice said it was to “alleviate overwhelming humanitarian suffering”. How it achieved this was not explained.
This month marks the 50th anniversary of that speech. But the one that followed in the autumn was perhaps more important.
Former health secretary Lansley overlooked his £1.5bn “costly diversion” as he criticised later cuts to the NHS.
Was the late comedian’s continuing appeal an early sign of the nostalgia that led to the Brexit vote?