9 January 2015

Ulrich Beck and the turn against modernity

The late sociologist encapsulated the fears of our era.

5 September 2014

After Joan, who’ll slaughter the sacred cows now?

Peculiarly in this PC era, Rivers treated her audience as grown-ups.

1 July 2014

Bobby Womack: the last soul man

The tributes to Womack have breezed over the many achievements of his unique career.

10 June 2014

Rik Mayall: the people’s poet is dead

In the role of The Young Ones' Rick, Mayall was responsible for one of the great creations of postwar British comedy.

20 May 2014

RIP Gabriel Kolko, a true free thinker

Why Kolko's work stirred the minds of my Sixties generation.

17 March 2014

How ‘red’ Tony Benn became a ‘national treasure’

Benn may have fought on, but Bennite politics died when the Berlin Wall fell.

12 March 2014

What Bob Crow meant to me

A former Tube trade unionist recalls Crow’s strengths and weaknesses.

14 January 2014

Ariel Sharon and the death of the Israeli dream

Sharon's shift from ‘hawk’ to negotiator told a bigger story about Israel.