Ancient and modern

Article 50 and the Athenians

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Europe, a majority of MPs (party loyalties aside), the Lords, the civil service, the BBC and the CBI are all…

Corbyn is the master of ‘raising issues’ – with no result in sight

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn is the master of ‘raising issues’. He received an obscure prize last year for his ‘work for disarmament…

Outsourcing has a long history

3 February 2018 9:00 am

The outsourcing business Carillion has gone bust because its bids for government work have been far too low. The problems…

Army recruiters should follow the Roman example

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Advertisements encouraging men and women to join the army emphasise that their religious beliefs, sexual orientation and emotional needs will…

If Trump seems bad, remember Caligula

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Whatever one makes of the accuracy of the journalist Michael Wolff’s depiction of President Trump, it cannot all be the…

Don’t damn the ancients for failing to give women the vote

6 January 2018 9:00 am

This year will be the 100th anniversary of some women over the age of 30 getting the vote, and for…

Regina, a Syrian in South Shields

16 December 2017 9:00 am

D(is) M(anibus) Regina liberta(m) et coniuge(m) Barates Palmyrenus natione Catuallauna an(norum) XXX ‘To the spirits of the dead, and to…

Like Thasos or Naxos in ancient Greece, Brexit Britain must be punished

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Since the EU does not want the UK to leave and will do everything to stop it leaving, it is…

Do animals really have feelings? Plutarch thought so

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Whatever the government decides about post-EU regulations on animal sentience, the Greek biographer and essayist Plutarch (died c. ad 120)…

When armies take over democracy dies

25 November 2017 9:00 am

While the military is running Zimbabwe, there is no hope of anything resembling a functioning democracy replacing the tyrant Robert…

Fake news is nothing new — it was de rigueur in ancient Greece

18 November 2017 9:00 am

The liberal media is at the moment engaged in a campaign attacking social media on the grounds that it is…

The wily courtesans who won more respect than modern-day feminists

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Some MPs have been exploiting their power by their sexual fumblings with the lower ranks. The result is that when…

Rewriting history: a brief history

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Students eager to pull down statues and silence debate on topics of which they disapprove — and vice-chancellors who pusillanimously…

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…