Thatcher on Falklands: ‘we cannot appease aggression’

By Chris McCarthy

Surely we, of all people, have learned the lesson of history: that to appease an aggressor is to invite aggression elsewhere, and on an every-increasing scale.

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, 26 May 1982 Read more of this post


Now what? The ambivalence of post ETA Spain

By Laura Alvarez

On the 20th of October this year, Spain saw how the contained outrage accumulated for decades and the tears of helplessness poured by many shifted into a strange feeling that contained bits of happiness, memories of affliction, tasteless relief, all covered by high doses of scepticism. Read more of this post

Cameron in the face of rebellion over EU referendum

By Nisha Thanki

Once again Euroscepticism has come to the forefront of British politics and threatened to divide the Conservative party as Prime Minister David Cameron faced a rebellion by his Conservative MPs over proposals for a referendum on Europe. Read more of this post

Tony Blair on New World: ‘the pieces are in flux’

By Chris McCarthy

There is no compromise possible with such people, no meeting of minds, no point of understanding with such terror. Just a choice: Defeat it or be defeated by it. And defeat it we must.

Prime Minister Tony Blair, 2 October 2001 Read more of this post

New Zealand win tense final to take World Cup crown

By Huw Silk

When referee Craig Joubert blew the final whistle of the Rugby World Cup, one overriding emotion seemed to be prevalent in New Zealand – relief. Read more of this post

Edgar Degas: depicting movement in art

By Cressida Smart

A few weeks ago, I visited Living as Form, an international project in New York, surveying more than 350 socially engaged projects. One of the exhibitors gave visitors the opportunity to pick a headline from a recent copy of the New York Times which would then be printed on a t-shirt. I leafed through the provided copies and chose “Lines that kept moving and knew no boundaries”, which was the headline for Picasso’s Drawings, 1890-1921: Reinventing Tradition at the Frick Collection. Read more of this post

The Rotter’s Club by Jonathan Coe book review

By Emma Brooks

Having really enjoyed two of Jonathan Coe’s previous books, I decided to try another of his, and possibly the most well-known too. This is how I ended up owning and reading The Rotter’s Club. I will briefly repeat the part about the author here, considering as my last book review of What a Carve Up was quite a while ago. Read more of this post