We’ll Keep the Red Flag on the Down Low

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

‘Biscuits, biscuits, biscuits!’ Not a great political slogan, you might think. Yet a century ago it was one of the most effective in drawing attention to the first Labour government’s seeming ineptitude. The prime minister, Ramsay MacDonald, unlike most his predecessors, was not to the manor born but rather the offspring of those that served […]

Feasting for Europe

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

In the four centuries since Samuel Pepys set the bar high for political diaries, vanity has proved the magic ingredient in creating an enduring read. Presence at great events, a good eye for gossip and detail, and style and wit are all part of the mix. Wisdom, too, if possible. But vanity is the essential […]

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