Disraeli

Welcome to the hard centre – and the future of British politics

22 September 2018 9:00 am

The Conservative party has to move beyond Brexit and leaders: what is it going to be about? I suggest it…

Bristol ablaze: anger at the Lords’ rejection of the Second Reform Bill sparked riots in Queen’s Square, Bristol, October 1831 (William James Muller)

Britain über alles

23 September 2017 9:00 am

  David Cannadine was a schoolboy in 1950s Birmingham, which was still recognisable as the city that Joseph Chamberlain had…

Swagger and squalor

16 September 2017 9:00 am

This is a monumental but inevitably selective survey of all that occurred in Britain, for better or worse, in the…

Gladstone silences the Irish press for inciting Fenian violence. Cartoon from Punch, 9 April 1890, by John Tenniel

Victorian prime ministers and the press

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Lord Palmerston is remembered today not for his foreign policy nor for his octogenarian philandering, but for his management of…

Banking on wine

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Great matters were trembling in the balance. The prime minister needed cash to achieve his objective and as Parliament was…

Victoria as a child, by Richard Westall

Queen Victoria was born to be a novelist — this book proves it

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Few monarchs could become novelists. They wouldn’t be able to develop the practice, or possess the necessary temperament. No monarch…

If Ed Miliband can’t be our first Jewish prime minister, he can still be our first atheist Jewish prime minister from Primrose Hill

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Last weekend, in a small New Jersey suburb, I found myself in a liquor store. Never been anywhere like it.…

Letters: The Met Office answers Rupert Darwall, and a defence of Bolívar

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Wild weather Sir: Weather and climate science is not an emotional or political issue — even though emotions and politics run…