Enoch Powell

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Seamus Mallon: His political opponents came to appreciate him as an honest, stubborn, conscientious Ulsterman, who dealt in straight talking. Photograph:   Paula Beats/ Reuters

On the bitterly cold evening of February 20th, 1986, Seamus Mallon made his maiden speech in the House of Commons as newly-elected MP for Newry and Ar(...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson visits Metropolitan Police training college in  London on Thursday. Photograph: Aaron Chown/Reuters

In the Brexit saga, where many untruths have been told, nothing speaks more clearly than the official photograph marking the second day of negotiation(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson has claimed that the EU was ‘pursuing a similar goal to Hitler in trying to create a powerful superstate’, and that the plucky English Brexiteers would ‘set the country free’. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

“To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.” The German philosopher Theodor Adorno made this statement for the first time in 1949. It implies at lea(...)

People hold candles as they pray during a candlelight vigil at the Immanuel Church for victims of a shooting that left 22 people dead at the Cielo Vista Mall WalMart in El Paso, Texas. Photograph:  Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

At some stage during this century, perhaps near its midpoint, white people might no longer amount to an absolute majority of the US population. Whethe(...)

Boris Johnson: he  seems to think his treasury is home to a secret multibillion stash of used fivers. Photograph: EPA

Britain is budgeting for Brexit: £2.1 billion (€2.3bn) being the latest announcement of cash devoted to no-deal planning. It’s not clear how much of t(...)

Lyra McKee's investigation into children who went missing during the Troubles – was due to have been published in 2020. Photograph: Jess Lowe/EPA

Lyra McKee was murdered by the New IRA in Derry in April 2019. A 29-year-old writer and journalist, she was watching a riot in the city’s Creggan es(...)

Conservative MP and leadership contender Boris Johnson holds up kipper fish in plastic packaging as he speaks at the final Conservative Party leadership election hustings in London. - Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

It seems as if Boris really is set to be the UK’s next prime minister. Who would have thought Boris had it in him when he was getting sacked from the (...)

 Boris Johnson leaving his London home. To become the unifying Churchillian figure he so craves to be he will have to adopt the policies of Clement Attlee on the left and Enoch Powell on the right. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Great political parties can and do disappear. It is a fact of history. The Irish Home Rule Party disappeared in 1918. Around the same time the Liberal(...)

 ‘It seems MI5 seriously believed that disaffected ‘coloured people’ could be recruited by the KGB to spy on Britain. Photograph: Michael Putland/Getty Images

Senior MI5 officials believed black people could not be trusted in high-level spying roles as they could be a security risk, according to documents un(...)

 British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn eats his lunch on board a train to Hull from Leeds. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Labour’s governing body, the National Executive Committee (NEC), is on Tuesday expected to accept a definition of anti-Semitism which Jewish groups ha(...)

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