Daniel Johnson

Overrated: Herbert Marcuse

The guru of “repressive tolerance” and campus radicals

Our frightful years?

'It is one of the joys of editing a magazine that, if it is good enough, great writers occasionally descend from Parnassus to contribute. Bob Conquest was one'

Klimt/Schiele

The Royal Academy’s exhibition of Klimt and Schiele drawings from the Albertina is erotic, manic and morbid

Overrated: Francis Fukuyama

The man who proclaimed the end of history is now history himself

The Corbyn Case

"What has alarmed many people is the revelation that the Labour Party is now led by a man who sees no place for a Jewish state and has no time for British Jews who defend such a state"

Amazing grace

William Simmonds was a modest but extraordinary artist, whose reputation rested on his marionettes and puppets

A martial nation needs Churchill to inspire us

A brilliant new biography sheds fresh light on the wartime leader and refutes a renewed claim that the whole conflict was unnecessary

Underrated: Frank Field

The veteran Labour MP  has always championed the poor, but has now quit the party because of the far Left’s anti-Semitism

Vidia’s vision

"V.S. Naipaul is an irreparable loss, but his astonishingly rich and varied corpus of works will live on to nourish the hearts and minds of posterity"

Patriotism, cosmopolitanism and democracy

‘A sudden reassertion of national sovereignty and identity is perceived by many as a reversal of what has come to resemble a natural order of things’

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"
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