Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks from the Ecuadorian Embassy on December 20, 2012. Image: Getty

Bradley Manning awaits sentence. Would the real Julian Assange please stand up?

31 July 2013 17:51

Bradley Manning’s relationship with Wikileaks has, inevitably, brought Julian Assange back into the papers. Viewed on the frontpage, Assange is egimatic.…

The Maldives - a democracy in need of election monitors. (SANKA VIDANAGAMA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Honourable Members for the Maldives

29 July 2013 17:49

Any MP will tell you that the summer recess is not a holiday. Colleagues on all sides of the House…

Judges Attend The Annual Service At Westminster Abbey To Mark The Start Of The UK Legal Year

The judicial review row should not be about lawyers – it is about democracy

29 July 2013 16:28

The stooshie over judicial review is not about lawyers, although one should be forgiven for thinking otherwise given much of…

Huma Abedin, wife of Anthony Weiner, speaks during a press conference in which Weiner addressed new allegations that he engaged in lewd online conversations with a woman after he resigned from Congress for similar previous incidents.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Anthony Weiner’s wiener and the left/right divide

26 July 2013 9:52

Everyone needs something to brighten up their day. And Anthony Weiner has once again come up with the goods. Readers…

Darkness falls over Dal Lake in Srinigar in Kashmir, scene of much of the non-sporting action of The Great Tamasha by James Astill and Cricket Cauldron by Shaharyar M. Khan. (TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)

Two riveting journeys to the heart of India and Pakistan

24 July 2013 9:42

50 summers have passed since C.L.R. James asked, ‘What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?’ James’s belief,…


Accidental dictators

17 July 2013 10:03

Two flashpoints have emerged recently, threatening regional wars and pitting global powers against each other. They happen to be run…

David Cameron once described himself as a 'man with a plan'. He needs to give that impression now as his party chooses turmoil on Europe once again. Picture: Getty

Lord Bell savages ‘pygmy’ Cameron

3 July 2013 13:54

Lord Bell, AKA the King of Spin, made some noise at the annual Freedom Dinner (established by libertarians to mark…

Henry Addington, Viscount Sidmouth (1757 - 1844) provides the music for British statesman William Wyndham Grenville (1759 - 1834) and his dancing bear, Charles James Fox (1749 - 1806). Original Artist: By James Gillray.

Henry Addington thought Robert Peel was bad. What would he have made of David Cameron?

3 July 2013 11:03

Henry Addington, first Viscount Sidmouth, was briefly and, on the whole, ingloriously Prime Minister at the beginning of the nineteenth…


Beaten by a Byron Burger

27 June 2013 13:11

In the battle for the media’s attention Danny Alexander’s infrastructure statement is losing out rather badly to George Osborne’s choice…

U.K. Sterling Bank Notes As Cameron Warns Of Euro Risk

Jane Austen and Winston Churchill are practically the only credible banknote candidates

26 June 2013 12:37

Silly season is here. A minor row has broken out over which long-dead figures should appear on the reverse side…

Fireworks light up the night sky above the National Stadium also known as the "Bird's Nest" during the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 24, 2008.(FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Timothy Beardson interview: It’s urgent that China reforms

25 June 2013 11:32

Recent convulsions in China’s banks will not, I suspect, have surprised Timothy Beardson, a sinophile, veteran Hong Kong financier and…

Prize winning novelist Ben Fountain warns that writers must never trust politicians.

Ben Fountain interview: Lies are an affront to writers because lying is the corruption of language

18 June 2013 16:23

Ben Fountain’s debut short story collection, Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, was published in America eighteen years after he left…

Had we but world enough and time... (PAL PILLAI/AFP/Getty Images)

To their coy mistresses: two poems about the arts of seduction

17 June 2013 11:18

Andrew Marvell, from ‘To His Coy Mistress’ But at my back I always hear Times winged chariot hurrying near: And…

Fireworks explode over the stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, an event that catalysed the measure of Chinese self-confidence captured in Chan Koon Chung's The Fat Years.

Chan Koon Chung – banned in China

29 May 2013 10:29

Chan Koon Chung’s previous novel, The Fat Years, was set in a gently dystopian Beijing of 2013, when a whole…


Revive the Snooper’s Charter? It’s already obsolete

24 May 2013 9:37

The political response to the Woolwich murder is following two broad patterns. On the one hand, the party leaders make…

Tory backbencher Jesse Norman. Picture: PA

Jesse Norman interview: Edmund Burke, our chief of men

24 May 2013 9:00

When he arrived in London, Burke had a very brief career in law. He soon dedicated his time to critical…

The Sun Sets Behind The Houses Of Parliament

Michael Sandel interview: the marketization of everything is undermining democracy

22 May 2013 9:41

Michael Sandel is a political philosopher and a professor at Harvard University. He is best known for his  ‘Justice’ course,…

Nate Silver. Photo: AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

Nate Silver interview: ‘Politics is uniquely full of bullshit’

17 May 2013 9:16

Nate Silver doesn’t suffer fools gladly — especially fools who pass themselves off as experts. In the second chapter of…

The crown of England being offered to William of Orange (1650 -1702) and his wife, Mary (1662 - 1694) by the Lords and Commons at Whitehall. Engraving by H. Bourne from the fresco by Edward Matthew Ward in the new Houses of Parliament, painted circa 1860. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Glorious Revolution and small ‘c’ conservatism

13 May 2013 9:45

From a dialogue  between a non-juring clergyman and his wife by Edward ‘Ned’ Ward Wife: Why will you prove so obstinate,…

The crowned heads of Europe attend the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. It is extraordinary that so many royal families survived the 20th century. (OFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Dreams and Nightmares: Europe in the twentieth century

10 May 2013 17:11

So much abuse has been heaped on the European Union in recent years that it is easy to forget that…

Niall Ferguson pictured with his wife, Ayaan Hirsi Ali. (GILES HEWITT/AFP/Getty Images)

In defence of Niall Ferguson

8 May 2013 18:05

One of the most striking divides in the left/right political debate is this. Those on the right disagree with people…

Jared Cohen, co-author, with Eric Schmidt, of 'The New Digital Age'.

Interview: Jared Cohen and The New Digital Age

8 May 2013 11:29

Jared Cohen is Director of Google Ideas, a think tank set up by Google dedicated to understanding global challenges by…

Should we be worried if Google rules the world?

Interview with a writer: Evgeny Morozov

26 April 2013 10:15

Evgeny Morozov is an iconoclast. He believes that technology, if abused or misused, has the potential to make society less…

Maria Miller today unveiled protections for religious institutions that don't want to conduct gay weddings. Picture: Getty

Maria Miller and Britain’s creative industries need to talk

25 April 2013 16:58

Everyone seems to like talking about the ‘creative industries’ these days. For arts folk, it gives the impression that what…


At home with the Balls family

22 April 2013 16:57

Do you recall The Politician’s Wife by Paula Milne? It was a TV drama that aired in the dying days…