The EU is a federation of states (Latin foedus, ‘treaty’, from the same root as fides, ‘trust, good faith’). But…
If Scotland votes for independence, Britain will be left weaker than anyone yet realises
The conviction of Max Clifford for indecent assaults feels like a vindication of the jury system, as did the acquittal…
Russia is making the West look posturing, weak and divided
Why the UK economy will one day overtake Germany
Andrew Lambirth talks to the painter David Inshaw, who is inspired by a love of the countryside
The second world war was the most destructive conflict in human history, but the victors have fared worse than the vanquished, says Paul Johnson
Philip Mansel on the brief period in British history when Mare Nostrum became our sea
Before the establishment of penal settlements in Australia, British convicts were transported to brutal slave garrisons on the West African coast. Sam Leith describes this disastrous experiment
English patriotism was still a force in 1914.
Britain recovered from the humiliating loss of her American colonies surprisingly swiftly. But a harsh fate awaited many of her loyalist supporters, according to John Preston
In a market town in Kent at the time of Thatcher’s Britain, Charles Pemberton attends the town’s minor public school where his businessman father is a governor.
On 2 January, 1980, a new decade was ushered in with a strike by steelworkers.
Tony Blair gave his record in government ten out of ten, though an ungrateful electorate scored rather less well and his Cabinet colleagues performed even worse.
The craters are all filled in, the ruins replaced, and the last memories retold only in the whispery voices of the old.
Why are scholars so prone to melancholy? According to the expert, Robert Burton of Christ Church, it is because ‘they live a sedentary, solitary life...
Seventy years after the RAF repelled the Luftwaffe, the Battle of Britain continues to have a powerful resonance.
Alistair Urquhart describes himself as ‘a lucky man as well as an angry man’.
When I was at Eton, many years before David Cameron, much of the school was run by a self-elected society known as ‘Pop’.
When the Kenyan human rights campaigner, Maina Kiai, recently addressed the House of Commons, his list of policy recommendations probably surprised many MPs.
‘I was not an enthusiast about getting US forces and going into Iraq,’ Dick Cheney said in 1997, looking back on the First Gulf War.
This is a long book, but its argument can be shortly stated.
A great deal of time in Neel Mukherjee’s A Life Apart and Max Schaefer’s Children of the Sun is spent in gents’ public toilets — cottaging being a key feature of both debuts — and yet such is the elegance and intelligence of their prose, the reader comes away feeling educated rather than soiled.