The Outsider’s Diary

Reductio Ad Hitlerum

"From Hollywood to Holyrood, people think they are fighting the Nazis. But they’re not"

No Surprises

"After a year such as this, even shocks now fail to surprise"

Bad Ideas make for Bad Politics

"Politics goes bad when ideas go bad and the ideas have gone bad in Europe because free speech went bad"

Gaining Perspective

"One of the principles of public service is that it does not just consist of a race to the top with the resignation of those who lose"

Summer Salvoes

"Theresa May’s safe pair of hands seems a great blessing after the vacuum Cameron and Osborne left us in"

The Old Gods’ New Tricks

"What would George Weidenfeld have thought of Brexit? He would have analysed the causes and asked: 'Now — how do we save Europe?'"

Fog City’s Breakdown

"The streets of San Francisco are largely populated by zombies, howling at the
pavement and cursing the moon"

Modern Manners

'It is Homer Simpson, I believe, who is credited with the observation, “Actors—is there anything they don’t know?”'

Facing Up To The Fanatics

"Our decent desire to be polite, combined with our indecent concessions to fear, make reform of Islam less likely"

To Brexit Or Not To Brexit?

‘If we do leave the EU, it should be more in a spirit of regret than of celebration’

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"