The real Tory leader is not a socially progressive moderniser but a throwback to a bygone age

The infamous French libertine should be enjoying a reviva. The trouble is, he was a rotten pornographer

A sceptical look at America’s leading apologist for Islam, fêted all over Washington from the Saudis to the CIA

The author of the Prime Minister’s growth report is an illiberal corporatist

The new president of the British Academy and climate policy guru deserves a global roasting for his work on global warming

The indefatigable enemy of education reform is making the job of free school champions easier

She is overpaid, overhyped and may soon be over here, as Obama’s ambassador. But does the Empress of New York fashion have any clothes?

The darling of the liberal intelligentsia and Nobel laureate’s plan to end the economic depression would only prolong it

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

Despite their Supreme Leader’s violent hostility to Israel and the West, many Iranians believe he is simply not up to the job