“As the Conservative Party’s fortunes have waned, Johnson’s standing has waxed. After all, if the party is heading for electoral disaster, taking a punt on Boris becomes much less of a risk.”

“Our next Prime Minister will now almost certainly be Boris Johnson. He himself now seems the only man who can stop this from happening”

In my twenties and early thirties, I arrived at the book-buying equivalent of a 60-a day habit and slowed down, not just for reasons of financial health but through a realisation that I was acquiring far faster than I was reading.

“Standpoint will never proselytise or push a party line—but at the same time there should be no no-go areas for a magazine such as ours. Too many other titles seem unwilling to stray out of their comfort zone.”

‘Every holiday of my childhood was spent either looking at art or making it. I remain helpless to resist the pull of the landscape on one side and lure of galleries on the other’

‘Even the most patriotic Russian can see that their rulers have been lying to them about Ukraine. They may also wonder why Ukrainians can choose their rulers freely and Russians cannot’

‘Rights language gives less and less help in the resolution of conflicts’

‘It is odd that wealth and position should play a part in Tory leadership considerations —but again they surely will’

Burek, cotolette and layer cake in Zagreb

‘It turns out I have a local authority lending library in part to thank for setting me off as a writer’