The thrill of living dangerously inspires the latest first novels

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Here come three novels marketed as debuts but written by authors with some sort of previous, be it in short…

Propositioned by the most popular tourist guide in Singapore

23 September 2017 9:00 am

I got off the plane at Changi still pleasantly sedated by Xanax, passed through the ‘nothing to declare’ channel, and…

The world loves our grammar school system – so why don’t we?

27 May 2017 9:00 am

The world loves our grammar schools – why don’t we?

The greatest forgotten achievement of the second world war

1 April 2017 9:00 am

During and after the second world war the Fourteenth Army in Burma became famous as the Forgotten Army, almost as…

Tristram Hunt's diary: where to find hope at Labour conference

24 September 2016 9:00 am

‘Are you here to seek political asylum?’ asked a clever young student after my lecture at the National University of…

How British universities spread misery around the world

25 July 2015 9:00 am

From Greece to Kenya, the worst economic ideas come from alumni of British universities

Living next door to someone rich, and beside a motorway, makes you fat and your blood pressure soar

6 June 2015 9:00 am

I wrote last week about a swarm of bees that had attached itself to a wall of my house, as…

Carl Jung meets David Icke (and writes a book of bonkers business-speak)

25 April 2015 9:00 am

What do you get if you cross renegade psychoanalyst Carl Jung with lizard-men conspiracist David Icke? It is a question…

So the FTSE100 has finally broken its record – it’s still not doing nearly as well as executive pay

28 March 2015 9:00 am

The FTSE100 index has at last breached 7,000, surpassing its peak of 30 December 1999 and provoking moderate celebration among…

Governments have failed — mayors are the future

12 April 2014 9:00 am

The power to effect real change may lie with dynamic city halls rather than ossified national governments

Britain has many major problems - racism isn't one of them

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Britain has less prejudice than the countries where I’ve lived before – and more people taking offence

What Michael Gove should know about going to school in Singapore

18 May 2013 9:00 am

I hated the rote-learning and savage competition at my schools. But I benefited from them, too