Brendan Simms

Underrated: Tony Blair

The former Prime Minister, whose call for Western military intervention in Syria is consistent with his words and actions in office

ONLINE ONLY: Thatcher, Reagan and the Dictators

The Iron Lady's record with authoritarians is mixed but her profound confidence in the democratic rights of all peoples shines through

Can We Ever Escape Him?

Book review of Hitler: A Short Biography by A.N. Wilson

Foot Soldier

Michael Foot's inimitable character left its impression on a war-time and desperate Croatia

Angela Merkel

The German Chancellor's stance to Iran's mullahs is refreshingly robust

David Miliband

The British Foreign Secretary has failed to take on Iran’s mullahs

Eric Hobsbawm

Our 'national teddy bear' of an historian has got it wrong more times than he would like mentioned

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"