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The return of the king
Sep 10, 2022
I have never had a king, and am not sure that I want one now
Clarity, rigour and Rory Stewart
Aug 27, 2022
Rory Stewart won’t return to parliamentary politics unless he can tell the truth. Is this it?
The World’s End Book Club
Aug 20, 2022
A reading list for the end of our world
The ghost in the shell
Jan 27, 2022
How to free Britain from anonymous shell companies
Policing protests in Glasgow
Nov 9, 2021
I volunteered in Glasgow as a LegaL Observer at the COP26 demonstrations and protests, and was joined on the street by MSPs Monica Lennon and Paul McLennan, who invited me to report on the policing.
The democracy of narcissism
Oct 24, 2021
The Sixties heralded a new era: the personal became political. Or, Andrew Marr argues, it just suited a new economic system: politics was replaced by shopping.
A duty of care
Jun 1, 2021
What might fairly be described as the greatest inter-generational injustice ever inflicted by one generation of humans upon the next.
The Post Office scandal
May 11, 2021
The managers who prosecuted hundreds of sub-postmasters to conceal faults in the Post Office’s accounting systems must be charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
BoJo the clown
May 7, 2021
Is the prime minister Britain’s best clown ever?
Imagine Hampstead village and South End Green with no through traffic
Apr 30, 2021
Changes to the road network to promote active travel create congestion. It’s not the plan gone wrong; it is the plan.
What makes this so dangerous
Apr 29, 2021
They were careless people … they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.
Rediscovering our animal nature
Apr 17, 2021
The trouble started after Eden. We began seeing ourselves as separate from the natural world. Destined for an afterlife. We need to accept our mortality.
The high streets of Hampstead
Apr 15, 2021
High streets everywhere were already changing before the pandemic. Hampstead is lovely, but no exception.
The beneficiaries of the status quo are in no rush to change
Apr 15, 2021
If we are serious about the Paris agreement, we have to disrupt that cosy relationship between business and government.
Animal Farm: Special illustrated edition
Apr 14, 2021
Rereading Animal Farm after half a century, I am struck by how much I dislike it.
Nuclear-armed rogue states
May 24, 2016
Who more flagrantly breaches the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: Iran or Britain?
The Sixth Extinction
May 24, 2014
The Earth’s fossil record shows five mass extinctions, in which many or most species disappeared over a few months or centuries. We are now nearing the end of the Sixth.
War on Terror
May 24, 2013
The “War on Terror” is a monstrous sham, a catch-all slogan spun onto the 9/11 attack and now available to justify domestic repression, violence
Terror is a tactic
Sep 3, 2012
Terror is a tactic used successfully by states and groups alike. Its essence is violence to civilians; any weapon qualifies.
Aug 4, 2012
Like every species on a roll, we’re gobbling everything in sight until we are fighting and starving in our own effluent.
Art of the possible
Nov 16, 2011
Is democracy melting away with as little fuss as the polar ice?
Big Brother fears over new medical database for all
Mar 19, 2010
Managing whom we trust and with what information is just part of life.
A letter to my MP
Apr 9, 2009
It appears clear there are difficult questions to be answered about the death of Ian Tomlinson, and there must be an inquiry into it, and what
Conor Gearty and the “convention of cant”
Mar 24, 2009
Conor Gearty accuses the Convention on Modern Liberty of inflating concern about civil liberties into a moral panic. His attack is a useful opportunity to dispel some comforting illusions.
Clause 152 defeated?
Mar 8, 2009
Straw bows to pressure over data sharing
A light shines in Buckinghamshire
Mar 8, 2009
A visit to the home of John Milton
Don’t get it yet?
Feb 15, 2009
For those still struggling to see why this event is important and urgent, a video mash-up from the Convention on Modern Liberty on 28 February. Most
Contemptible to be rich?
Feb 1, 2009
Nothing could be more remote from Socialist ideals than the competitive scramble of a society which pays lip-service to equality, but too often means by it merely equal opportunities of becoming unequal.
Get your ticket
Jan 20, 2009
The Convention is about claiming back liberties recently stripped from us.
A suitable case for an Asbo?
Sep 17, 2007
Thanks to Susan Ormrod A reader writes… We have a huge council house at the end of our street. A grumpy old woman with a pack of fierce dogs runs
Concentrating wealth and power
Sep 14, 2007
The rich have reversed the egalitarian progress of the mid-20th century, concentrating their wealth and power to levels not seen since the 1920s.
A climate change for protest
Aug 11, 2007
The government is encouraging the police to use anti-terrorism powers to “deal robustly” with the climate protesters at Heathrow airport, according
Give war a chance
Aug 2, 2007
A claim that only an idiot or a member of the British government could believe
A sudden bonfire
Jul 7, 2007
Anyone who has aspired to write science fiction or fantasy might reasonably take heart from the popularity of writers such as Neil Gaiman, who is
Against the fragile human land
Jun 29, 2007
In my dreams I’m still driving… Meantime, police in London report finding a car bomb outside a Park Lane night club, lucky things. MPs in the
Broken and reassembled every day
Jun 25, 2007
They have had their moment of freedom.
May 23, 2007
What will we not do for money and status?