Satire

‘Shame on you, ladies, for showing so little pride in your own hard-won Western freedoms’

Party Lines

Daisy Waugh eavesdrops on the chattering classes

The Writing on the Wall

There is much to admire about Banksy. But is he any good?

The Top 10 Public Ineffectuals

‘Without Gore Vidal we would never have known that Nancy Reagan was a full colonel in the KGB’

‘Seventies London was a great place to grow up. As the son of refugees, I say to the English: so long, and thanks for the language’

All Satirical Passion Spent

Thatcherism provoked great TV but the makers of Headcases are too liberal, too condescending and not nearly angry enough

Party Lines

Daisy Waugh eavesdrops on the chattering classes

The Making of Matt

Imagine you are a novelist. You want to create an instantly credible picture of middle-class life at some time in the past couple of decades — a suburb, a village, a pub. Easy: one chap passes another and asks, “Seen Matt today?”

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"
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