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… in the battle for London

26 November 2011
You Can’t Say That: Memoirs Ken Livingstone

Faber, pp.710, 25

Charlatan, fornicator, liar, inebriate, pugilist, Marxist, anti-Semite; Ken Livingstone has been called many things but never a writer. Actually, that’s a shame because his words following the 2005 London bombings… Read more

Different class

25 March 2011

 I’ve always found Britain’s education system ­bewildering. Our public schools are private; our church schools take the children of committed ­atheists; and ‘distance learning’ happens at home. My old school, Bradford… Read more


Getting the balance right

26 February 2011
The Haves and the Have-Nots Branko Milanovic

Basic/Perseus Books, pp.272, 16.99

Branko Milanovic is the lead economist at the World Bank’s research department, a professor at the University of Maryland and a grand fromage at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace… Read more


The alternative story

26 February 2011

What the Electoral Reform Society doesn’t want you to know In ten weeks’ time, Britons will be asked to vote on arguably the dullest question ever put to a referendum:… Read more

What’s the big idea?

8 January 2011
The Big Society: The Anatomy of the New Politics Jesse Norman

University of Buckingham Press, pp.243, 10

If you’re not quite sure what the Prime Minister means when he talks about the big society, you’re not alone. If you’re not quite sure what the Prime Minister means… Read more

Cameron’s clearances

6 November 2010

James Cummings could never refuse a drink. Even after his boss — a Watford publican — threatened him with the sack he couldn’t lay off the bottle. He’d worked his… Read more


Death of a dandy

23 June 2010

In the final interview before his death last week, Sebastian Horsley told Ed Howker about being ‘the high-priest of the dandy movement’, a heroin addict and a self-confessed fraud His… Read more


Squeaky clean? Nick Clegg is sleazier than you think

21 April 2010

Chief among Nick Clegg’s grand claims during this election is that he is Britain’s ‘most honest’ political leader. Chief among Nick Clegg’s grand claims during this election is that he… Read more


Community spirit

11 March 2010

If you really want to know how obtuse, how jaded, how downright bizarre Britain’s planning system is, you need only consult the findings of Lord Walker, the Supreme Court Judge… Read more

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Inside the Chilcot Inquiry

12 January 2010

Alastair Campbell emerged from that kind of shining silver limo more accustomed to transporting the likes of Jordan and Paris Hilton than former directors of communications. He got their entourage… Read more

All in a good cause?

14 December 2009

Today’s big charities are slick operations that spend huge sums on running costs and marketing, says Ed Howker. Worse, many of them have been annexed by the government One Christian… Read more

The real price of true love

26 August 2009

Ask any happily married couple about their wedding and they will say the same thing: ‘it is the best day of your life.’ Dear reader, I write today, as this… Read more