Lost Classics: post-war stoicism in 1948’s The Weaker Sex

  • 8 Jun 2018

During and after World War Two films continued to be made. Many, like Laurence Olivier’s Henry V, were intended to be morale boosting productions. Others, like This Happy Breed and The Weaker Sex were stories of resilience and stoicism. The Weaker Sex was one of the most popul...

Italian crisis looks like last chance for Brussels to get Brexit and the EU right

  • 22 May 2018

Italy is the latest big European country to have its politics upended in a vote of popular discontent. In voting in this way Italians are moving with the tide of national continental politics. Across the continent one political upheaval after another is changing the establishe...

This Royal wedding matters, a lot

  • 18 May 2018

Last minute preparations are being completed and rehearsals undertaken. The Castle has been swept from top to bottom. Security checks are taking place. The men and women of the Armed Forces are applying the final layers of polish to their shoes, blanco to their belts and steam...

China in your hand

  • 18 May 2018

Book Review: 'Asian Waters: Chinese Expansion and the Shifting Balance of Power' by Humphrey Hawksley China’s re-emergence as an economic powerhouse with the diplomatic, military, and political consequences that entails is one of the great stories of the first half of the T...

Business, not religion, sits at the heart of the American Dream

  • 12 May 2018

Book Review: 'New World, Inc: The Making of America by England's Merchant Adventurers' by John Butman & Simon Target We all know how the United States of America got going, right? Well this book tells you that everything you thought you knew about how a group of religio...

Former Chief Nursing Officer is a worthy first female Bishop of London

  • 11 May 2018

Today in St Paul’s Cathedral Sarah Mullally will be enthroned as the 133rd Bishop of London. For her, London, the Church of England and for the nation it is a momentous moment. Ahead of her lies the task of leading and managing the largest and most diverse diocese in the co...

Book Review: Faith Finding a Voice by Cardinal Vincent Nichols

  • 11 May 2018

Vincent Nichols, Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, and leader of England and Wales’ Catholic community, is turning into a prolific author. This latest book, following hard on the heels of Hope in Action, continues a pattern of using theology and faith to explore how life, wi...

Jacob Rees-Mogg has helped Theresa May in her quest for a consensus on Brexit

  • 2 May 2018

Interviewed on Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, Jacob Rees-Mogg made two very important comments which will have brought relief and delight to No 10. First, he resolutely condemned attacks on Ollie Robbins, the Prime Minister’s senior Brexit advisor and negotiator as...

Brexit is not utopia but it can be a great opportunity for the UK

  • 27 Apr 2018

In a week when the economy showed signs of faltering, the government lost several key votes in the House of Lords, the fallout out around ‘Windrush’ continued and the local government election campaign entered its final full week, Brexit continued to dominate the political age...

Finally the beauty of mathematics has been made clear to me

  • 25 Apr 2018

My father, an Edinburgh university prize-winning mathematician and life-long teacher of the subject, tried very hard to explain mathematics to me – its beauty, importance, as well as its utility, but I was a poor student and the subject has always been a complete black hole fo...