The Stephen Lloyd case shows there is no room for nuance in politics

The Stephen Lloyd case shows there is no room for nuance in politics

Politics ought to be synonymous with good governance, but it’s not. It’s a game you have to play to get into a position where you can practise good governance. And politics doesn’t seem to have any room for the nuances and counterintuitive positions that make for good...
I’m now not so sure history will treat Nick Clegg kindly

I’m now not so sure history will treat Nick Clegg kindly

As Nick Clegg’s biographer, I have always tried to stay above – or detached from – events involving him, so I can judge them dispassionately. But I can’t help feeling an intense seam of sadness at the news that he has accepted a senior role with Facebook. In fact it...
Serena Williams owes at least two people an apology!

Serena Williams owes at least two people an apology!

Serena Williams’s name will be all over the world’s media over the next 24 hours. It shouldn’t be – Naomi Osaka’s should, as she was a 100 per cent deserved winner of the US Open women’s singles. More importantly, Williams only has herself to blame for what happened...
Is this the start of a brand new form of party politics?

Is this the start of a brand new form of party politics?

The place names making headlines in today’s British local election results are Nuneaton, Derby, Swindon and the London boroughs of Westminster and Wandsworth. But perhaps the most significant story is buried in another London borough, Richmond. The headline is that...
We must understand the realities of charity aid work

We must understand the realities of charity aid work

It’s absolutely right that we should be scandalised about Oxfam aid workers paying for sex in the places where they were supposed to be alleviating poverty. And the cover-up is in some ways as bad as the original crimes. But the whole debate is missing a vital...
Fame and the echo chamber

Fame and the echo chamber

We’re all vulnerable to settling into echo chambers – being happiest reading and listening to those whose opinions we already agree with, even if we know it isn’t good for our mental stimulus. But are we also guilty of falling into a different kind of echo chamber,...
A display of national arrogance and egoism

A display of national arrogance and egoism

This is the kind of column that will get me into trouble because it expresses an opinion in stark terms. So let me make it clear – it’s expressing how I feel about something. My feeling may not be rational, and I’m very open to discussion about whether what I feel...