Robert Low

Robert Low

Will the greenest and most glamorous of the new crop of Conservative MPs stay the course?

Gary Player famously said “the more I practice the luckier I get”. But does this sporting adage work for politicians?

Book reviews of The Selected Letters of Charles Dickens, edited by Jenny Hartley and P.G. Wodehouse: A Life in Letters, edited by Sophie Ratcliffe

A new limited-edition paperback documents the charming correspondence between US book collector Robert Vanderbilt and Anthony Powell

Americanisms sullying the English language are rarely harmful — apart from when they insinuate that our politicians are all-powerful

The Independent‘s new masthead is a little too close to home for Standpoint

One could question José Raúl Capablanca’s attitude, but not the Cuban conquistador’s craft

The infamous phrase shouldn’t be attributed to Mrs T — it was first coined by David Lodge in his novel, Ginger, You’re Barmy

No phrase of Margaret Thatcher caused as much uproar, and was so wilfully misinterpreted, as “There is no such thing as society.”  As usual with famous quotes, she didn’t quite say that, but she was pretty close. Her exact words came in an interview with Woman’s Own in 1987: “I think we have gone through a period when too many children and people have been given to understand ‘I have a problem, it is the Government’s job to cope with it!’ or ‘I have a problem, I will go and get a grant to cope with it!’ ‘I am homeless, the Government must house me!’ and so they are casting their problems on society and who is society? There is no such thing! There are individual men and women and there are families, and no government can do anything except through people, and people look to themselves first.”