Daniel Johnson

Standpoint takes a stand

"Over a hundred issues, Standpoint's focus and urgency have remained constant"

Overrated: Voltaire

The poster-boy of the Enlightenment was an arch-egotist with a fanatical side

Underrated: Winckelmann

Mary Beard’s bête noire, the father of art history and archaeology

Time to stand up to Berlin

"All but ready to give up in despair, our opinion-formers wallow in recrimination and blame"

Overrated: Dame Barbara Stocking

Oxfam’s former chief executive now stands accused of complacency and hypocrisy

Underrated: Dame Helena Morrissey

A City high-flier (and mother of nine) who is always willing to challenge the status quo

Freedom vs. fatalism

“Civilisation” implies so much that defies definition, but is instantly recognisable. So here is an attempt to illustrate by a literary example what seems to us to be worth defending

A demon banished

Laura Freeman’s The Reading Cure is a miraculous memoir — both a compendium of learning lightly worn and a record of her recovery from anorexia

Charles I: King and collector

From martinet to martyr at the Royal Academy's show examining the art collection of Charles I

Underrated: Winston Churchill

Do we pay enough attention to what the great wartime leader actually said?

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"