John Torode

Trump Chic

How Thorstein Veblen's "conspicuous consumption" explains the rise of The Donald

Back to the “Future Of Socialism”, Mr Corbyn?

Tony Crosland’s social democratic manifesto is still worth reading. But its author is notorious for his crusade against grammar schools

The Day Boris Became PM

"There was a gasp as Theresa May announced she was giving Boris her backing and loyalty"

End Of History — Or Clash Of Civilisations?

Samuel Huntington is now unfashionable on both Left and Right. But his global predictions look more accurate with every passing year

Lost And Found

The great Jewish writer Emanuel Litvinoff's greatest novel has just been republished

The NHS? A Mess

‘Our rigid, unresponsive centralised healthcare system, designed by state-socialists and run by bureaucrats, serves neither patients nor practitioners’

Benn: Bomb Or Bust?

Hilary Benn is about to face his moment of truth

Smoke And Mirrors

‘The accusation against Harold Wilson is that the mystery concealed nothing’

Countering Corbyn

The Corbynistas' five-year plan is becoming clear

Underrated: Hugh Gaitskell

The Eurosceptic Labour leader who died young but deserved to be Prime Minister

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"