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WHY THE RICH ALWAYS WANT MORE
2023-02-04 09:35
Nadhim Zahawi and Rishi Sunak. Credit: Kim Mogg There is a good reason why the rich always want more. Money provides status and connections. Big money makes you feel big, bigger than you are… Read More
LIVING IN A PARALLEL UNIVERSE
2023-01-28 09:53
Hunt and Sunak with jackets off. People in the United States are living in a parallel universe. Half the population believes the last presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump throu… Read More
WE DON’T KNOW WHO WE ARE
2023-01-03 10:42
“That way!” Rishi Sunak and Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen know where we are going. You. Me. Your neighbour. The postman. We don’t know who we are. You will never hear a Sco… Read More
JUST BE YOURSELF
2022-12-27 16:53
People may tell you to just be yourself, but what they usually mean is ‘just be like me.’   Dylan plays Newport, 1965 It is human nature to believe we have made good choices… Read More
WHY WE MUST SUPPORT STRIKING NURSES
2022-12-12 16:53
There is a very good reason why we must support striking nurses. They are striking in support of us all. They are striking against austerity, ‘stealth’ privatisation, inequality… Read More
MRS THATCHER’S DREAM
2022-12-05 11:23
Was it Mrs Thatcher’s dream to see pretty English beaches caked in fetid lumps of human excrement and untreated chemical waste? When she said there was no such thing as society, did M… Read More
MICHELLE MONE IS A THIEF
2022-11-29 16:11
Baroness Mone Michelle Mone is a thief. She should be in prison. She’s not. She’s either swanning through the House of Lords in ermine or disported on a luxury yacht in a bathing… Read More
SALVADOR DALI AND RELIGION
2022-11-25 14:41
Dalí beside André Breton with the Surrealists. Salvador Dalí and religion never made a good fit. It is hardly surprising, then, that in 1935, aged thirty-one, Dal&iacute&hell…Read More
BOB DYLAN PLAYS LITTLE RICHARD
2022-11-19 10:13
Bobby turned on the radio late one night in 1957 and the sound of Little Richard hammering out Tutti Frutti over over the airwaves changed his life. Tutti frutti, oh rootie /&nbsp&helli…Read More
THE ENEMY OF THE UNLIVED MEANINGLESS LIFE
2022-11-15 12:29
I’m the enemy of the unlived meaningless life. This line struck me like the unexpected blow with the cane Zen teachers use to spark fire in the souls of acolytes on the edge of Nirva… Read More
WHAT IS SOCIAL MURDER?
2022-11-10 10:56
Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata – it’s just lovely being rich. Social murder is a phrase applied to changes in government policy that lead to greater poverty and result in anxie… Read More
THE HIDDEN HILLS OF CADAQUES
2022-11-08 10:02
The Casino, Cadaqués 1984. Late spring. Armed with a hand-drawn map, a bag of figs and some tangerines, we set out to climb what our friend Eloy Ferrer had called the hidden hills of… Read More
WHY THE DALAI LAMA HAS AN ENGLISH ACCENT
2022-11-04 15:26
The Chinese invaded Tibet in 1950 claiming the country was part of greater China. Nomadic warriors called Khambas, armed with swords, fought a guerrilla war against the Chinese for a d… Read More
YOU’RE A LONG TIME DEAD
2022-10-19 10:10
HMS Eskimo When dad took a second slice of cake or spent more time in the garden in the hot sun than mum thought wise, he would say: Don’t worry, Lily, you’re a long time dead. M… Read More
GEORGE ORWELL AND THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR
2022-10-15 17:29
It was the day after Christmas in 1936 when George Orwell stepped off the train in Barcelona and followed his map to the recruiting office of the POUM (Partido Obrero de Unificación… Read More

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