Ancient and modern

A matter of life and death

9 September 2017 9:00 am

Before he died, the former Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, reassured his diocese that he was ‘at peace and…

Trump and his empire

12 August 2017 9:00 am

All the news emerging from the White House seems to suggest that the USA is in that state so beloved…

Beauty and the beasts

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Doctors have analysed how the mucus of a certain type of slug gives it protection against its being levered off…

Health and personal choice

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Public health specialist Sir Michael Marmot has blamed ‘the cuts’ for the rise in dementia among the elderly, resulting in…

The post-truth is out there

10 June 2017 9:00 am

In a political ‘post-truth’ world, currently the subject of a slew of books, emotions and personal belief are said to…

Power and the middle class

20 May 2017 9:00 am

When the centre disappears, equality vanishes with it

Friends, Romans and Russians

29 April 2017 9:00 am

President Vladimir Putin, who still supports Bashar al-Assad in Syria, needs help if he wishes to be seen as a…

Cicero, the lagomaniac

22 April 2017 9:00 am

A year ago, the Danes reached into their groaning cracker barrel and pulled out ‘hygge’ as their own solution to…

Osborne and the Athenians

14 April 2017 11:00 pm

As a result of George Osborne taking up five jobs on top of his role as MP for Tatton, an…

Thucydides on McGuinness

1 April 2017 9:00 am

When Gerry Adams rose to announce at his funeral that Martin McGuinness was no terrorist but a ‘freedom fighter’, the…

Theresa May at the Rubicon

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Last week many commentators drew on the Ides (15th) of March, the anniversary of Julius Caesar’s death in 44 BC, to……

How to make the rich love tax

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Now that Philip Hammond is promising yet more tax hikes, he might consider how Athens managed it. During the whole…

Enemies of the people

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Hardly a week goes by without someone applauding Thomas Carlyle’s objection to democracy: ‘I do not believe in the collective…

Enemies of the people

9 March 2017 3:00 pm

Hardly a week goes by without someone applauding Thomas Carlyle’s objection to democracy: ‘I do not believe in the collective…

No mumbling allowed

4 March 2017 9:00 am

In the audience-free world of TV, where ‘acting’ and visuals have become of far greater importance than the actual words,…

No mumbling allowed

2 March 2017 3:00 pm

In the audience-free world of TV, where ‘acting’ and visuals have become of far greater importance than the actual words,…

All the President’s yes-men

23 February 2017 3:00 pm

Donald Trump takes it as read that any criticism of his words or actions is an assault on the truth.…

All the President’s yes-men

23 February 2017 3:00 pm

Donald Trump takes it as read that any criticism of his words or actions is an assault on the truth.…

From Tacitus to Justin Welby

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Many are still questioning the enthusiasm with which newspapers have implicated Archbishop Justin Welby, as a young man, in the…

From Tacitus to Justin Welby

16 February 2017 3:00 pm

Many are still questioning the enthusiasm with which newspapers have implicated Archbishop Justin Welby, as a young man, in the…

Socrates on expertise

11 February 2017 9:00 am

The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, raises his growth forecasts and suddenly everyone believes the ‘expert’. So…

Socrates on expertise

9 February 2017 3:00 pm

The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, raises his growth forecasts and suddenly everyone believes the ‘expert’. So…

Socrates on expertise

9 February 2017 3:00 pm

The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, raises his growth forecasts and suddenly everyone believes the ‘expert’. So…

Nero’s tips for Trump

4 February 2017 9:00 am

A Washington Post interview with ‘senior officials’ in the Trump White House reveals that ‘Trump… feels demoralised that the public’s…

Nero’s tips for Trump

2 February 2017 3:00 pm

A Washington Post interview with ‘senior officials’ in the Trump White House reveals that ‘Trump… feels demoralised that the public’s…