1 October 2016
The PM is likely to reign unchallenged for at least six years. What will she do with her power?
‘I’m hoping to learn discretion,’ he adds
The shadowy figure behind Theresa May clearly doesn’t agree that Britain has reached peak beard
Why Professor Patrick Minford was shocked by the behaviour of his fellow economists before the referendum
Will the Republican candidate’s hopeless first debate be enough to scupper him?
Post-referendum Britain should be playing a wider role in global affairs
Also in Portrait of the Week: Sam Allardyce resigns as England manager after newspaper ‘sting’
Also in Max Hastings's diary: US gun ownership; an encounter with Nevada cops; the rights of veterans; Yahoo
Also: keep the north and the south apart; the Tate’s problem; bring back the royal yacht
What if Mayism isn’t a philosophy, or even a general outlook on life, but merely a way of doing things?
And: Marcus Berkmann remembers wrongly – I never owned a pair of red cords
The Prime Minister has vowed to help the people in the middle — but does anyone know who they are?
How does one join the Liberal Metro-politan Elite? What should be the qualifications? I must be an LME member because…
Also in Any Other Business: what Twitter’s worth, and which Iceland should be suing which?
Justin Marozzi welcomes a feast for admirers of the great man
Harry Kelsey’s fascinating book contains few if any maritime heroes
Cusk withholds concrete explanation and a guiding narrator
Photographs of my Father examines the still unsolved murder of Spike’s activist father, Revd Spike
The fourth and final volume of Beckett’s letter – 1966-1989
A window on a little known world – Southern Unionism
A lovely little book on David Bowie nestles within this interminable tome
How Marxist social theory and Freudian psychoanalysis fails to explain to failure of socialism
And Anthony Blair should have paid more attention
The story of the ‘Angel’, the spy Ashrat Narwan who worked for Mossad
A family saga spanning 50 years
Instead of being a little window through which you look at the world, the paintings of these New York artists envelop you – but how abstract really are they?
Plus: John Malkovich directs a newish play at Rose Theatre Kingston and the result is a dim muddle
While popular opinion suggests that there is nothing wrong with playing Bach on the piano, everything feels right about playing his music on the harpsichord
Anything resembling a good tune was hard to find but I did spot a man with an alarming whole-head tattoo
Plus: let’s hope Oliver Mears’s new production of Macbeth for Welsh National Opera is a lapse from an operatic risk-taker, not a portent of things to come at the Royal Opera House
With this 13th century Marian hymn, a composer enters into a particularly painful world of loss, violence and spiritual desolation
Plus: BBC2's Fleabag is an impressively depraved comedy but I'm not sure a male scriptwriter would have got away with such one-dimensional female characters
Matthew McConaughey brings more gravitas and intensity to the role of Newton Knight than the role probably deserves
Hitting four score is like the final beautiful gleam of light before you lose consciousness during a boxing bout
The reason I didn’t was not that the great man would have objected but that I was hoping to get lucky once I was there
Prince William may have a point about the ivory trade but stripping old piano keys is a waste of time
In one of the key indicators of future form, the two-year-old stormed to victory in a stiff headwind
I tried to organise something similar back in 2014, except what I planned was an anti-Labour pact
Plus: a novel solution to no buffet on a long train journey
It is named for Lord Nelson, and should have been called almost anything else