A conventional discussion in historiography is that of the relative significance of continuity and change in understanding historical events and movements. My first undergraduate history essay asked this question about the Norman Conquest.
It would be hard enough to make the case that David Cameron’s court photographer and filmmaker should be on the public pay roll as special advisers. But as civil servants?
I believe that Britain should be realist in its foreign policy. It is necessary to deal with vile regimes like Saudi Arabia. But crawling apologias like Malcolm Rifkind’s for these repressive Wahhabi zealots leave a bad taste.
On Saturday I spoke to a packed Battle of Ideas festival audience at the Royal College of Art, and then listened and debated whether we can trust big business.
‘Leverage’ is a noun. Get that? If you need a verb use ‘lever’. Please can we have it on the Banned List? Arieh Kovler asks.
Don’t know who had annoyed him, but no sooner asked than done (give or take three hours).
It’s number 51.
I haven’t yet attempted a considered assessment of Tony Blair’s A Journey. Several good reviews have already appeared, some of which I have noted here; since when we have had Paul Waugh at Critical Reaction and Fareed Zakaria in the New York Times.
What happened to the independent, liberated woman heralded by luminaries like suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst and the explosive cultural politics of the 1960s?
“Sarah Palin cares as much about facts as a grizzly cares about toilet paper”……so said David Korn of Mother Jones tonight.
A warm welcome back to my series to Peter Oborne (right), now at The Daily Telegraph, who asks number 417 of my Questions to Which the Answer is No.
Matthew D’Ancona in the Evening Standard argues that we should give the security and intelligence services whatever they ask for to thwart terrorism because, er, because they ask for it and that’s good enough for him.
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