A post-winter’s tale

Three-and-a-half decades after the winter of discontent, Geoffrey Barker revisits a warmer and more diverse Britain

10 Jul 14 | Comments (0)

Hard yards

Florian Schui reveals the gap between the arguments for austerity and its real-world effects, writes Geoffrey Barker, and shows why the idea is still so attractive to so many

10 Apr 14 | Comments (0)

My cold war: from Brunswick to Berlin (via the Labor split)

Within months of the end of the second world war, an iron curtain had fallen across Europe. Its impact reached into the inner suburbs of Melbourne, writes Geoffrey Barker

27 Sep 13 | Comments (2)

The price of China

Hugh White offers a provocative but not entirely persuasive account of the implications of China’s growing strength, writes Geoffrey Barker

14 Aug 12 | Comments (0)

Olympics move beyond satire

Olympic boosters don’t consider opportunity costs of Olympic competition, writes Geoffrey Barker. Meanwhile, the subsidies and scandals continue

19 Jul 12 | Comments (9)

The more things change…

There was no golden age for newspapers, writes Geoffrey Barker. Which means we shouldn’t be too pessimistic about the future

25 Jun 12 | Comments (3)

A doomed microcosm

The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic has inevitably brought new interpretations of the tragedy. Geoffrey Barker reviews the latest

23 Feb 12 | Comments (0)

The diplomat

Geoffrey Barker reviews Philip Flood’s memoir of a career in the diplomatic service and as an agency head

24 Oct 11 | Comments (1)