UK Politics

Reconsidering the Nanny State

Both parties believe we need nannying, so let them tell us what kind

More Courage than Prudence

Brown has put his conception of the national interest before popularity in a way that has left him trailing in the opinion polls and possibly even mortally wounded politically

Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink

Nudge is glib trickery, albeit of a very nicely spoken, bland cross-party 21st-century sort

‘?“Islamophobia” is a nonsense term. There are reasons to be fearful of some aspects and versions of Islam’

ONLINE ONLY: How Not to Help Africa

Why Britain’s ‘Budget Support’ is the worst kind of foreign aid.

Talking Taxes

‘In a fiercely competitive global economy, taxes should be lower. So as Chancellor I will approach each Budget looking to see if we can reduce taxes as well as reform them.’

‘The one education reform no government has tried is putting parents firmly in control’

The Great and the Bad

The Kit-Cat Club: Friends Who Imagined a Nation by Ophelia Field

Tartan Tales

The Invention of Scotland: Myth and History by Hugh Trevor-Roper

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"