William Norton

The Real EU Referendum Winner May Surprise You

Brexit is already causing the biggest shakeup of British politics for a generation. But the biggest loser may prove to have the last laugh

Piketty’s panacea will make inequality worse

Has the fashionable French economist thought through his radical proposals? Crunch the numbers and you see the damage they'd do

Almost Joined-Up Thinking

George Osborne has missed a trick

McBrideshead Revisited

In the spin doctor’s memoirs the similarities between Evelyn Waugh’s protagonist Charles Ryder and Gordon Brown’s antagonist Damian McBride are several and eerie

Poll Facts

‘Don’t believe the polls. Either side could win the Scottish referendum’


We're all still here, so the end of the world was a false alarm, but the Mayans might never have predicted it in the first place

How to Exorcise the Ghost of Penury Yet To Come

No pot of money supports the promise of state pensions—the system is unsustainable. A new savings model is needed

The Bores Have It

A new book on election reform forgets the fact that voters did not want AV

Planet Mirth

Matthew Sinclair's new book, Let Them Eat Carbon, rightly draws attention to the foibles of climate change policy, rather than the global warming debate itself

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"