Ancient and modern

How MPs can shut the people up for good

26 November 2016 9:00 am

In the eyes of the bien-pensants, the election of Donald Trump and the vote on Brexit have brought democracy to…

What Thucydides would have thought of Donald Trump

19 November 2016 9:00 am

‘America’s journey into the great unknown’, screamed a headline greeting Donald Trump’s election as next President of the United States.…

A warning for Nigel Farage from ancient Athens

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Frenzied outrage from Leavers and comical paeans of praise from Remainers greeted the High Court’s decision to instruct government that Parliament…

Hippocrates would have hated doctors’ new approach

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Doctors are being urged not to tell patients what is best for them but to lay out the options and…

The Jeremy Corbyn of ancient Athens

29 October 2016 9:00 am

With the Labour party reduced to a cult in honour of the vain and incompetent Jeremy Corbyn, the Tory party…

How Boris Johnson is like Socrates

22 October 2016 9:00 am

In writing an article that argued both for and against the European Union, Boris Johnson was following a solidly classical…

If you’re a Christian, Theresa May, you’re a citizen of the world

15 October 2016 9:00 am

‘If you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere,’ proclaimed Theresa May in a speech…

Advice for Jeremy Corbyn from the emperor Augustus

8 October 2016 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected leader of the Labour party not by MPs but by his teenage ‘fans’ in Momentum.…

The Romans got it right on immigration

1 October 2016 9:00 am

As the UK prepares for Brexit into the big wide world outside, it has been pointed out that the Foreign…

Who'd join a club that punishes you for leaving?

24 September 2016 9:00 am

The hopelessness of the EU is well demonstrated by the current rhetoric issuing from its inner chambers: that Britain must…

Plato and the problem with grammar school

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Theresa May wants to use grammar schools to create a meritocratic, ‘socially mobile’ society at a cost of £50 million.…

Aristotle on the collective wisdom of Brexit voters

10 September 2016 9:00 am

It comes as no surprise to find that there has recently been much talk among Brexit supporters about ‘the wisdom…

Ancient Rome’s scandalous special advisers

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Theresa May has brought her own advisers with her into No. 10, and as usual the knives are out for…

Why a Roman might have intervened to help the Brits in India

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Because no country can interfere in another’s legal system, there is little the UK can do to help the six…

Post-Brexit Britain should copy the Roman empire’s border policy

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Whether the EU commission knows what is good for it or not — always a tricky call — post-Brexit Britain…

How Olympia beat the cheats

6 August 2016 9:00 am

What to do about today’s Olympic drug cheats? Since ancient Greeks did not do chemistry, drugs were not a problem.…

Ancient and modern: Corbyn’s Labour is stuck in Plato’s cave

30 July 2016 9:00 am

Wrapped in his fantasy world of a Labour party ruling the country in accordance with the diktats of those of…

Sophocles vs the luvvie Remainers

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Is the Labour leadership hopeful Owen Smith, who longs to reverse the obviously undemocratic outcome of the recent referendum, aware…

Athenians understood public trust – even if we don’t

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Tony Blair has excused himself for the Iraq war by saying that he did what he believed was right. But…

The Delphic Oracle’s advice for Jeremy Corbyn

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Inscribed in the forecourt of the temple of Apollo in Delphi were the famous words gnôthi sauton (‘know yourself’) and…

Brutus: the Steve Hilton of ancient Rome

2 July 2016 9:00 am

A traitor to one man is a hero to another. So debate rages around the role of David Cameron’s old…

Cicero’s Brexit moment

25 June 2016 8:00 am

If Remain has won, for all the political and financial flurries, it will be business as usual for us plebs.…

How Plato predicted the EU referendum campaign

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Our politicians, realising that the referendum campaign will be settled not by themselves under the usual parliamentary constraints but by…

Why the Roman empire worked – and the EU empire doesn’t

11 June 2016 9:00 am

The principle of countries working harmoniously together is wholly admirable. Why, then, has the European Union become such a disaster area?…

How Aristotle would hire civil servants

4 June 2016 9:00 am

The civil service is to be allowed to find out what job applicants’ ‘socio-economic background’ is. What abject drivel is…