I was brought up short by Simon Landau yesterday. He asked, of my column for The Independent the day before.
I was reading Paul Johnson’s Brief Lives (yes, I am so old and revisionist), when a friend said that Johnson’s wife, Marigold, had been a Labour candidate in South Bucks in 1974.
It turned out that this was one of those facts that is just on the edge of Googlable knowledge, from which I derive childish [...]
A new version of an evergreen Question To Which The Answer Is No (QTWTAIN). This was asked by Myra Adams at PJ Lifestyles. This one was spotted by Chris Smith, to whom thanks.
I have written about Ed Miliband for The Independent tomorrow, and my fear that the worst outcome of the election, only two years and one month away, would be that Labour will win it in its present unprepared and happy-lefty state.
As I was writing, George Osborne was giving a speech that illustrated my argument. Not [...]
I went away for only the long Easter weekend, but there is a lot to catch up on.
Mike McCarthy’s article in which he took his leave of 15 years as The Independent’s environment editor on Saturday was a lovely example of the apocalyptic eco-elegiac tradition.
If, over the past decade and a half, you have closely [...]
A friend who is 10 years older than me, who was active in the Labour Party in the 1970s (I joined in 1981), urges me to remember 1974
David Miliband’s resignation as an MP to run a charity in New York is a loss to the Labour Party. More than that, though, it tells us what a state Labour is in.
There has recently been speculation about the possibility of Alistair Darling replacing Ed Balls as shadow chancellor – a change on which Darling [...]
Haven’t had a full-dress straight up and down Question To Which The Answer Is No for a while. This is the real thing. Number 908, asked by Henry Farrell, The Monkey Cage, from an original article by Thomas Oatley.
Thanks to James Plunkett, who spotted it.
Meanwhile, we had number 907, asked by James Chapman of the [...]
Tony Blair often says that the debate about the response to the economic crisis is not a matter of left versus right but of right versus wrong.
I should like to thank my mum.
And those good people at Time who have listed me as one of the 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013.
Distinguished company and all, in a list beginning with Chelsea Clinton, Mia Farrow and Bill Gates. Especially as I currently have a stripe across my face (it’s a another rather [...]
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