Daniel Johnson

Heroes of Hope

‘We, the victors of the Cold War, the liberators of the evil empire, could never have accomplished our bloodless triumph without a good measure of idealism’

The Price of Cameron’s Compassion

The Tory leader's Big Society speech promises a revolution. But have we been here before?

Seven Minutes that Shook the World

It was a rare privilege to have a footnote in history at the fall of the Berlin Wall, which led to the collapse of communism

The Passing of Greatness

‘We need to confront the forces of chaos wherever and in whatever form they appear’

Berlusconi, Italy and the Church

‘Italy is a microcosm of Europe: if democracy and the rule of law die there, the writing is on the wall for the rest of us’

Marshal the Facts

Richard Evans has accused fellow historian Andrew Roberts of inaccuracy, but failed to check his own facts

A Battle that Must be Won

‘What do Muslim women want? It is not for a non-Muslim man to say. But I can confidently say what most of them do not want’

German Lessons

Politicians like Boris Johnson should look to Berlin for inspiration when devising education policies

To One War, 55 Marks

This year's war on expenses is nothing compared to the one started in 1939 - World War II

Obama and the Barbarians

‘Obama may preach about audacity but the enemies of the West are more likely to practise it’

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"