He Hated Jesuits And He Hated The English

Posted on by Tom Fleming

The Marquedse Pombal was without doubt one of the most important figures of the eighteenth century. As a mere minister, he set out to reform Portugal in a way only achieved elsewhere by powerful monarchs such as Joseph II of Austria or Frederick the Great of Prussia. He has been called the Portuguese Colbert, but […]

Submit or you Vill Haf no Bananas!

Posted on by Tom Fleming

If Charles Powell had been marginally more imaginative and a bit less insular he would have invited Günter Grass to the notorious Chequers teach-in on Germany. True, it would have meant abandoning foolish fifth-form prejudices and avoiding banal generalities on German ‘character’, but the Prime Minister might have found it an instructive lesson in history […]

Dirty Dick Pikeman

Posted on by Tom Fleming

Here are the opening words of Anthony Howard’s introduction to the condensed version of The Crossman Diaries, published in 1979: ‘Dick Crossman was one of those meteors that occasionally lighten the British political firmament … who fleetingly bring a glow to the normally grey and dingy skies of British politics.’ And here are the opening […]

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