A peg-in-the-ground marker for a better politics?

COMMENT CAN HAVE A VERY SHORT SHELF LIFE. When change begins in politics, it has a way of accelerating very quickly and what began as a small trickle may rapidly turn into a torrent. The upheaval in Westminster which began four days ago is a reminder that those of us...

Thoughts on a Platinum Jubilee

THE BEGINNING OF THE FOUR DAY PLATINUM JUBILEE seems a good time to unpack some of the absurdities, pitfalls and occasional outright cruelties associated with both royalist and republican points of view. In childhood, my father told me that you can learn quite a lot...

Wayfinding in a time of plague and war

ETHICS IN PUBLIC LIFE are now more at the centre of our attention than they have ever been, even among people who may not usually spend much time on such matters. Covid-19 brought the long-running background of Prime Ministerial mendacity,  crony contracts, personal...