Britain

In London, John Kerry Promotes World’s Smallest Syrian Whirlwind

9 September 2013 12:25

There’s little need for people opposed to launching any kind of attack on Syria to expend much energy doing so…

A Game of Numbers: Pollsters Go To War in Scotland

3 September 2013 12:19

On Sunday an opinion poll was just a poll. Nothing to be too excited by. Unreliable too. The real poll…

Two nations, two cultures? Britain is divided by the Trent, not the Tweed.

19 August 2013 13:26

Of the many certainties those Scots in favour of independence hold to be self-evident two in particular stand out. First…

Australia are just New Zealand in disguise (plus Michael Clarke and Ryan Harris)

13 August 2013 14:08

Thumping Australia is grand; thumping Australia without playing well almost feels like cheating. But in a good way. This is…

Yes, stay-at-home mothers have made a “lifestyle choice”

6 August 2013 13:06

Blimey, George Osborne has got something right! Astonishing scenes. Suppose the government thought it a good idea for us to…

Taps for The Washington Post

6 August 2013 11:42

So it has come to this. The Washington Post, paper of Bradlee and Woodward and Bernstein and all the rest, has…

Andy Murray Joins the Immortals in A Golden Age of Tennis

8 July 2013 14:52

Dunblane yesterday evening and, an hour after Andy Murray has won the men’s singles title at Wimbledon, the streets are…

The Worst Argument Yet for Intervening in Syria: If We Don’t, Other Countries Will Snigger At Britain

18 June 2013 10:33

We should, I suppose, be grateful to Benedict Brogan for his column today examining some of the reasons for why Britain…

Unsullied and Untarnished: Lessons in Localism from Selkirk’s Past

14 June 2013 15:59

It is Selkirk Common Riding today. The biggest, most important, day in my home town’s year. A day lent extra…

Europe will end David Cameron’s political career

13 June 2013 13:27

Poor old David Cameron has never been blessed with attractive options on the European front. But for a while it…

Countering Terrorism in Britain and France, by Frank Foley – review

4 June 2013 9:18

Have you ever wondered why we’re stuck with the radical cleric Abu Qatada? It’s a question the last four Home…

You’re going to lose. It is only you against many.

23 May 2013 13:15

If, in the aftermath of an act of would-be terror, the people refuse to be terrorised does it still remain…

The Sweet Sorrow of following Somerset Cricket

22 May 2013 18:05

Marcus Trescothick. Nick Compton. Alviro Petersen. James Hildreth. Craig Kieswetter. Jos Buttler. When all troops are fit and available Somerset…

Writers in a state of fear

21 May 2013 11:51

A State of Fear, Joseph Clyde’s new thriller*, stands out for many reasons. Thrillers only work if they are thrilling,…

The Tory Tumbrils Begin to Roll for David Cameron

2 May 2013 22:22

As I type this, pundits in London are stiffening themselves for the tough task of over-interpreting local election results and…

The power of Granta’s gift to British writers

19 April 2013 16:39

Philip Hensher was one of Granta’s 20 under forty in 2003, so what does he make of the new list?…

Wisden, 150 Not Out

13 April 2013 10:51

Summer, or rather the hint or promise of it, only arrives with the publication of Wisden. The cricketers’ almanack –…

Margaret Thatcher: An Accidental Libertarian Heroine

10 April 2013 12:37

It is 34 years since Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister. Coincidentally, she entered Downing Street 34 years after Clement Attlee…

John Hayes: Muslims are right about Britain

28 March 2013 14:40

John Hayes, the prime minister’s latest tribune, achieved some fame or infamy, depending on your view, when he wrote the…

A great honour in memory of a remarkable man

8 March 2013 18:31

I am delighted to say that my latest book, Bloody Sunday: truths, lies and the Saville Inquiry, has been jointly…