Ancient and modern

An easy way for the Tories to combat the Corbyn threat? Idleness

14 October 2017 9:00 am

As the Tories struggle to find a policy which might appeal to their traditional supporters and not simply ape those…

How to make friends without making enemies

7 October 2017 9:00 am

As the breeze of popular opinion — popularis aura — blows sweetly over the much-loved Corbyn-McDonnell Old Labour tribute act,…

The ancients and a matter of life and death

9 September 2017 9:00 am

Before he died, the former Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, reassured his diocese that he was ‘at peace and…

Latin texts are full of violence, racism and class – that doesn’t mean they need a trigger warning

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Last week, Brendan O’Neill described in this magazine how students regulate ‘unacceptable’ political views with ‘no platform’ policies, safe spaces…

Rip-off university fees? They started with the Greeks

26 August 2017 9:00 am

As expected, the prospect of charging £9,000 (and rising) per annum, per student has universities abandoning any pretence to maintaining…

If Donald Trump is the emperor and the USA his empire, will it survive him?

12 August 2017 9:00 am

All the news emerging from the White House seems to suggest that the USA is in that state so beloved…

Beauty and the beasts

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Doctors have analysed how the mucus of a certain type of slug gives it protection against its being levered off…

‘Cuts’ to blame for dementia? How Plato and Galen would have scoffed

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Public health specialist Sir Michael Marmot has blamed ‘the cuts’ for the rise in dementia among the elderly, resulting in…

What the Romans thought about death in childhood

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Charlie Gard is incurably brain-damaged, blind, deaf, cannot cry, and cannot move or breathe without help. At the request of…

Property’s not theft

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Sir Trevor Nunn is directing a play called ‘Dessert’. It seems to be a virtue-signalling riff on the evil of…

Age need not weary Jeremy Corbyn and the rest of our pensioner politicians

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Prime Minister May is aged 60, the Labour cult-personality Jeremy Corbyn 68, and putative Lib-Dem leader Sir Vince Cable 74.…

Does Prince Harry think he's doing us a favour?

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Asked about the monarchy, Prince Harry said his aim was to ‘modernise’ it. Not that any royal wanted to be…

Plato and Aristotle would have understood Corbyn’s appeal to the young

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Whether the youth vote had any serious impact on the result of the general election or not, Jeremy Corbyn knew…

The post-truth is out there

10 June 2017 9:00 am

In a political ‘post-truth’ world, currently the subject of a slew of books, emotions and personal belief are said to…

The Nero in Donald Trump

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Donald Trump, whose word no one can believe and actions no one can anticipate, looks to blame anyone but himself…

Theresa May take note: Aristotle knew power lies with the middle classes

20 May 2017 9:00 am

The Labour party’s tagline for the forthcoming general election is: ‘For the many, not the few.’ Aristotle, who understood this…

Socrates would know why Jeremy Corbyn is a certain disaster

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn said: ‘It is the job of leadership to hold open the space for dissent, new thinking and fit-for-purpose…

The cult of the prima doctor

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Ian Paterson, a ‘charming’ breast surgeon with a ‘God complex’, has been found guilty of intentionally wounding patients by carrying…

Vladimir Putin should look to ancient Rome for tips on building an empire

29 April 2017 9:00 am

President Vladimir Putin, who still supports Bashar al-Assad in Syria, needs help if he wishes to be seen as a…

Cicero, the Ancients’ lagomaniac

22 April 2017 9:00 am

A year ago, the Danes reached into their groaning cracker barrel and pulled out ‘hygge’ as their own solution to…

Ancient and Modern: The Athenians’ verdict on George ‘Five-Jobs’ Osborne

15 April 2017 8:00 am

As a result of George Osborne taking up five jobs on top of his role as MP for Tatton, an…

Thucydides had Martin McGuinness’s number

1 April 2017 9:00 am

When Gerry Adams rose to announce at his funeral that Martin McGuinness was no terrorist but a ‘freedom fighter’, the…

What it really means to cross the Rubicon (Theresa May’s about to do it)

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Last week many commentators drew on the Ides (15th) of March, the anniversary of Julius Caesar’s death in 44 BC, to…

How ancient Athens made the rich love taxes

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Now that Philip Hammond is promising yet more tax hikes, he might consider how Athens managed it. During the whole…

Plutarch: the father of anti-democracy

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Hardly a week goes by without someone applauding Thomas Carlyle’s objection to democracy: ‘I do not believe in the collective…