Francis Beckett

Why state bureaucracy is crucial to our happiness

13 July 2024 9:00 am

With politicians increasingly sabotaging the machinery of government worldwide, our only protection lies in the civil service, judiciary, police and security services

Chris Mullin’s eye for the absurd remains as keen as ever

10 June 2023 9:00 am

Having retired from parliament in 2010, Mullin has less insider knowledge than before, but the political one-liners in his latest diaries are still highly entertaining

The visionary genius of Harold Wilson

27 August 2022 9:00 am

‘Our generation owes an apology to the shades of Harold Wilson,’ the polling guru Peter Kellner once told me. Had…

Should the Duke of Windsor have been tried for treason?

21 August 2021 9:00 am

In Traitor King, Andrew Lownie shows how the Duke of Windsor — the former Edward VIII, who abdicated in 1936…

Britain can be as prone to fascism as any other nation

11 April 2020 9:00 am

It’s easy to dismiss the fascistic ideologues who populate Graham Macklin’s book as reactionary cranks of no significance. It’s also…