Given that for much of English history the country’s main musical tradition was that connected with the church, it is…
The publicity blurb about the two unpleasant criminals whom this dismal book romanticises says that they are ‘continuing their ancestors’…
Most of Giles Radice’s Odd Couples can’t stand the sight of each other, but muck in together to reach the finishing line
With the odd exception — I think principally of Charles Moore’s life of Margaret Thatcher — the genre of political…
The Pevsner architectural guides are around halfway through their revisions — though it is like the Forth Bridge, and soon…
Qatari money has flooded into London – but also into much less savoury places
If only European leaders were more like Tony Abbott
Scottish independence would indeed be a disaster – but only for the Scots
On the list of trusted Australians, ‘Rolfie’ would be several thousand rungs below Ned Kelly
If Scotland votes for independence on 18 September, it will be the end of Great Britain. And thanks to Pommie cynicism, selfishness and comic incompetence, it could happen
The visiting Royals are more like film stars than royalty, following the template set by the Duke’s late mother
In the interests of a more civilised world, let the Commonwealth leaders trump democratic values
The only way to stop aggressive drunks is for the state to become even more aggressive with them
How to account for the collapse of the English cricket team? Hint: it has little to do with Aussie brilliance
So what is the point of the Commonwealth in this day and age?
Far from being agitated, restless and frustrated, the 65-year-old heir to the throne is ready for prime time
If only Britain had sound conservatives such as John Howard and Tony Abbott
The new PM is a role model for British conservatives
The British anti-Murdoch Labour MP has no right to interfere in Australia’s election on Labor’s behalf
And that is no compliment
Cricket’s slow trudge back to the pavilion
A highbrow vision of our country
Subsidy has destroyed the moral fibre of county cricket
A biography of Ed Miliband has to try hard not to be the sort of thing one buys as a present for someone one avidly dislikes.
By the time one has waded to page 22 of Them and Us, through what may most politely be described as a stream of consciousness, assailed by random thoughts and plangent expression larded with clichés, one starts to wonder what the point is in going on.
The book is interesting because it has insights and novelty, not least in taking a period and a culture regarded by many as second best compared with what was happening elsewhere at the time, and shows it to have been enlightened, intelligent and full of beauty.