The View from Panorama Road

Western attitudes towards Israel's right to nationhood have shifted significantly in the last forty years

The Road to Death On Demand

Campaigners to legalise assisted suicide invoke the principle of arbitrary autonomy. This threatens to give us a radically libertarian society at the expense of a humane one

Civilising Servants

Art had hitherto been a free market, subject to the vagaries of public taste and the whims of private patronage. Then in the 1830s and 1840s parliament energetically went about bringing order, system and supervision to the realm of art. The question is: why?

Should We Know About our Leaders’ Health?

Three Prime Ministers in the 20th century had historically important illnesses before they assumed office — Winston Churchill, Clement Attlee and Anthony Eden. To what extent did their ill health affect their policy decisions?   

New Verse

Poems extracted from the libretto of The Lovely Ladies, a short "operatic entertainment" on the subject of wine

Music and Modernity

"The prophets of Marxist-inspired modernism are in retreat right across the board. They are perplexed at how the world has gone. Their view has not prevailed, even in modern music. Everything, including our understanding of recent history, is up for grabs."

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"