Victor Madeira

The creeping politicisation of spookdom

‘Appointing nodding loyalists points to the creeping politicisation of national security. The aim, insiders fear, is to prevent genuine, independent scrutiny of the government’s most sensitive activities and policies’

“Global Britain” must think the unthinkable

Our societies are now the battlefield; people, not kit, should drive national security thinking

Learning is a dangerous business

Poor education stunts home-grown talent and undermines national security

Counter-intelligence needs a rethink. Catching spies is not enough

‘Western counter-intelligence has been largely defensive. Given the existential threats we increasingly face, we now need to go on the offensive’

The real Russian church rises

A public letter by Orthodox parish clergy defies the secular and ecclesiastical hierarchy

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"