Peter Jones

What the NHS does now, Babylon did first

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Financial constraints combined with a shortage of staff have brought the NHS to a situation so desperate that it is…

Corbyn’s false democracy

6 October 2018 9:00 am

At the Labour party conference, Jeremy Corbyn said that he would do whatever his party members told him to. This,…

Where there’s a quid there must be a quo

29 September 2018 9:00 am

The 5th century bc Athenian historian Thucydides proposed that the driving force behind interstate relations was power and fear. But…

The EU’s divide and rule

22 September 2018 9:00 am

‘Divide and rule’ (or ‘conquer’) diplomacy aims to disunite the opposition, the better to control it. The ancients were masters…

Boris Johnson and the art of rhetoric

15 September 2018 9:00 am

Boris the rhetorician is in full voice at the moment, delighting his followers and infuriating his enemies. But is this…

Alex Salmond’s fishing

8 September 2018 9:00 am

The ex-leader of the SNP, Alex ‘Five Pensions’ Salmond, has scrounged nearly £100,000 from the people to help him in…

Ancient and modern: Antigone and algorithms

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Hardly a day goes by without someone making excitable predictions about human progress and how, thanks to AI, we are…

Let’s hear your ‘logos’, Jeremy Corbyn

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn regularly apologises on the subject of anti-Semitism, yet admits that he has done nothing wrong. So what does…

Water, water, everywhere

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Given that we use only 2 per cent of the rain that falls on these islands, one would not think…

Strangers and brothers

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Everyone talks about the importance of ‘charisma’ in a politician. But while it may take one a long way with…

Where does authority really lie in the UK? The ancients would have known

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Forget David Davis, Boris, the cabinet, the commentariat. It’s time to concentrate on the big picture and the central question:…

John McDonnell might soon regret handing out copies of Cicero

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has given all his cabinet a copy of Cicero’s advice on how to win arguments. This…

Fat was not a Greek issue

30 June 2018 9:00 am

The UK obesity crisis is again in the headlines, and ‘life-style’ is the culprit. The ancients may have come up…

The ancients would have understood Trump’s chaotic leadership

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Peace with his enemy Kim Jong-un on the one hand, conflict with his European allies on the other: what sense…

What ancient Roman Remainiacs can teach Matthew Parris

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Matthew Parris feels that he has become a genuine Remainiac, and kindly readers, fearing for his mental health, have been…

Brexit and sovereignty

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Brexiteers argue for ‘sovereignty’, i.e. that Brexit should release us entirely from the grip of Europe, leaving us free to…

Alfie Evans and a matter of life and death

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Alfie Evans was seven months old when he went to hospital with seizures. When more than a year later doctors…

Transgenderism and the Iliad

5 May 2018 9:00 am

A couple of weeks ago a reader (Emma Lyons) queried Taki, the High Life professor of ancient Greek culture and…

Rome and the Jews

14 April 2018 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn, it is said, does not have a racist bone in his body, and therefore cannot, by definition, be…

Putin’s diseased ideology

7 April 2018 9:00 am

The Russian economy is not in the greatest of shapes. That being the case, one would have thought friendly diplomatic…

Putin follows the example of Octavian

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Barely a day passes without yet another Russian explanation for the Salisbury nerve agent attack. What’s new? Such disinformation has…

Kim Jong-un’s unwise offer

17 March 2018 9:00 am

President Trump’s acceptance of talks about denuclearisation must have been as big a shock to Kim Jong-un as his offer was…

BBC2’s Civilisations seems unable to decide what civilisation is

10 March 2018 9:00 am

The presenters of the BBC 2 programme on civilisations seem unable to decide what civilisation is. Socrates would therefore wonder…

Article 50 and the Athenians

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Europe, a majority of MPs (party loyalties aside), the Lords, the civil service, the BBC and the CBI are all…

Why is Virgin East Coast ditching its quiet coach?

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Virgin East Coast, reneging on its franchise, is not in anyone’s good books at the moment, but since it is…