Not a tribute to Edgar Allan Poe. An essay about a personal brush with cardiac calamity and the connection with a toxic atmosphere in British politics at the time.
This week’s column is about the reasons why no-one is listening to Keir Starmer. The pandemic is a big one, but far from the online one.
A column about the Secretary of State for Education, why he shouldn’t still have his job and why Boris Johnson has kept him anyway.
The latest episode of Politics on the Couch is now live – on nostalgia, how it works, what we get from it and why political campaigns love to exploit it.
Column on the fundamental calculus of Brexit – and how it hasn’t changed since 2016.
In this essay for Prospect magazine I pondered the question of whether the liberal dread of a resurgence of 20th Century-style threats is misdirecting us from what is really going on. Perhaps vigilance that is too focused on the rear-view mirror carries its own risk of complacency about unimagined threats.
In which I consider the possibility that there is more mileage in the Johnson project than has sometimes seemed likely, given his incompetent handling of the coronavirus response
Writing on the 75th anniversary of the first Nuremberg trial, I found myself thinking about memory of war as a kind of cultural inoculation, among other things.