Ronald Reagan

speech

Can’t stand free speech? You’re fired!

19 June 2020 10:54 pm

Since the whole world is in crisis, a crisis in the world of publishing might seem like a niche issue.…

neocons

Neocons come home to roost

14 June 2020 4:24 am

Dolphins returned to the canals of Venice during the COVID-19 lockdown, and neoconservatives are returning to the Democratic party. Bill…

government

How government can learn from disasters

11 May 2020 10:17 pm

Soon enough, Congress will hold hearings to investigate the federal response to the Wuhan virus pandemic. It is almost a…

You’ll keep saying ‘I’m sorry, did I hear that correctly?’: Fiasco reviewed

28 March 2020 9:00 am

Kevin Katke was quite a man. He had no military training, no political background and no espionage experience. Nonetheless, his…

A vintage tale of Thatcher, Reagan and some truly great wines

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Poor Old Girl. The final act may not have been sanglante, but as the third volume of Charles Moore’s life…

nuclear arms

Will Trump enter the hypersonic nuclear arms race?

28 June 2019 6:45 am

The Pentagon is urgently reviewing just how and when the president might launch nuclear missiles as a dangerous new nuclear…

Now you see him, now you don’t: Nikolai Yezhov, nicknamed ‘the poison dwarf’, who as head of the NKVD presided over mass arrests and executions at the height of the Great Purge, was airbrushed from Soviet history after his own execution in 1940

The spying game: when has espionage changed the course of history?

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Espionage, Christopher Andrew reminds us, is the second oldest profession. The two converged when Moses’s successor Joshua sent a couple…

Robert Peston has got it all wrong about ties —viewers want broadcasters to look humbly respectful

3 October 2015 8:00 am

When Robert Peston, the economics editor of the BBC, interviewed George Osborne on television in an open-necked shirt with collar…

You can’t force low-income people to go to an art gallery or the theatre if they don’t want to

28 February 2015 9:00 am

I went last week to see the justly praised production of Wagner’s The Mastersingers at English National Opera, and I…

Send in the clowns - how comedy ate British politics

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Why has politics turned into stand-up?

All Worsthorne’s men: Hoover, surprisingly nice; Truman, smiling until Perry spoke; Eisenhower, who mocked his name; Kennedy, a hero; LBJ, a boor; Nixon, a friend; Reagan; and the first Bush

Bourbon from Bush, envy from Nixon... and running into Herbert Hoover: encounters with eight presidents

25 October 2014 9:00 am

Encounters with leaders of the free world – as a journalist, as a friend, and as a boy running in the hallway

The surprise winners from the referendum? Scotland. Politics. Big ideas are back at last

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Whatever the outcome of the referendum, Scotland will be better for having had the debate

You can't spin yourself into authenticity – as Ed Miliband is finding out

2 August 2014 9:00 am

For a politician to draw attention to his own deficiencies is a desperate attempt to curry favour with the electorate…