Tony Benn, the great conjuror

The Labour politician turned radical in mid-career and ended up a revered figure. His remarkable story can also reveal Britain to itself, says David Hayes

08 Apr 14 | Comments (0)

Ed Miliband, a waiting game

After more than three years in the job, where is Britain’s Labour leader taking his party, asks David Hayes

18 Feb 14 | Comments (0)

On trial for hacking: the story so far

It’s now the defence’s turn to put its case in the News International phone-hacking trial in London. Rodney Tiffen untangles the testimony to date

13 Feb 14 | Comments (0)

Independent schools: an idea whose time has passed

Christopher Pyne’s plan for “independent” public schools bears a family resemblance to the academies and free schools that have undermined British education, writes Francis Beckett in London

12 Feb 14 | Comments (3)

Very like, and very unlike

As two Australian books show, the European Enlightenment rested partly on a global traffic of persons between widely separated spaces, writes Tim Rowse

17 Dec 13 | Comments (0)

Scotland, the looking-glass country

The polls say no, the mood yes. Scotland’s independence debate is a puzzle, says David Hayes

16 Dec 13 | Comments (4)

London’s road from Damascus

Syria’s war is opening new dividing lines in British politics, says David Hayes. Once the consequences play out, Ed Miliband might have lost more than has David Cameron

03 Sep 13 | Comments (0)

Election 2013: The view from up above

Britain’s media coverage of Australia’s election is lively but limited, finds David Hayes

28 Aug 13 | Comments (0)