TV Debates

Much commentary has been spent on the prospect of pre-election debates between the three party leaders, although I can’t see why Nick Clegg has to be included since he has no prospects of occupying the highest office.

Who should front it seems a question of the moment. Nobody called Dimbleby for a start, and not Paxman either since his mannerisms are distracting. Andrew Neil would be a strong candidate. But I find myself agreeing with Simon Heffer’s suggestion that Terry Wogan is the right man for the job. The irony he brought to the Eurovision Song Contest would be pitch perfect: ‘Get away there, Gordon, do you really mean that?’ 

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens