DOMINIC SANDBROOK looks back at the life of SDP founder Shirley Williams following her death at 90

Baroness Shirley Williams, who tried to ‘break the mould of British politics’ in the 1980s, has died aged 90. The Liberal Democrat peer served in the Labour governments of Harold Wilson and James Callaghan in the 1970s, rising to be education secretary, before leaving the party to form the SDP in 1981. She later supported … Read more

DOMINIC SANDBROOK looks back at the life of SDP founder Shirley Williams following her death at 90

Baroness Shirley Williams, who tried to ‘break the mould of British politics’ in the 1980s, has died aged 90. The Liberal Democrat peer served in the Labour governments of Harold Wilson and James Callaghan in the 1970s, rising to be education secretary, before leaving the party to form the SDP in 1981. She later supported … Read more

DOMINIC LAWSON: Belfast riots, Tory cynicism and Boris Johnson’s border betrayal 

No, it is not the return of The Troubles, nor anything like it. But still, it brings back dreadful memories to see the rioting that for weeks has plagued Northern Ireland and has now spread to the ‘Peace Wall’ in West Belfast: the point which marks a physical separation of largely (Protestant) Loyalist communities from … Read more

DOMINIC LAWSON: Belfast riots, Tory cynicism and Boris Johnson’s border betrayal 

No, it is not the return of The Troubles, nor anything like it. But still, it brings back dreadful memories to see the rioting that for weeks has plagued Northern Ireland and has now spread to the ‘Peace Wall’ in West Belfast: the point which marks a physical separation of largely (Protestant) Loyalist communities from … Read more

Dominic West promises wife he’ll never see, speak to or work with Lily James again to save marriage

She was humiliated when pictures of her actor husband Dominic West cavorting with Lily James were plastered all over the world’s media.  Now Catherine FitzGerald has banned him from speaking to Lily as part of a peace deal struck between the couple during a lockdown escape to trendy island destination Lamu in Kenya. The actor, … Read more

Dominic West promises wife he’ll never see, speak to or work with Lily James again to save marriage

She was humiliated when pictures of her actor husband Dominic West cavorting with Lily James were plastered all over the world’s media.  Now Catherine FitzGerald has banned him from speaking to Lily as part of a peace deal struck between the couple during a lockdown escape to trendy island destination Lamu in Kenya. The actor, … Read more

DOMINIC LAWSON: Keir Starmer’s problem?

Yesterday Sir Keir Starmer chalked up a year since becoming leader of the Labour Party. It must seem longer to him — and not just because time appears to pass so slowly during the interminable lockdowns. For he has struggled unavailingly with a party membership still madly missing Jeremy Corbyn — whose evident distaste for … Read more

DOMINIC LAWSON: Keir Starmer’s problem?

Yesterday Sir Keir Starmer chalked up a year since becoming leader of the Labour Party. It must seem longer to him — and not just because time appears to pass so slowly during the interminable lockdowns. For he has struggled unavailingly with a party membership still madly missing Jeremy Corbyn — whose evident distaste for … Read more

DOMINIC LAWSON: We’re on the moral high ground in the EU vaccine fiasco – so please let’s stay there

The late Robert Conquest, historian and poet, declared: ‘The simplest way to explain the behaviour of any bureaucratic organisation is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies.’ No better example has ever been provided of the accuracy of this witticism than by the European Commission over the Covid-19 vaccine rollout. … Read more

DOMINIC LAWSON: We’re on the moral high ground in the EU vaccine fiasco – so please let’s stay there

The late Robert Conquest, historian and poet, declared: ‘The simplest way to explain the behaviour of any bureaucratic organisation is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies.’ No better example has ever been provided of the accuracy of this witticism than by the European Commission over the Covid-19 vaccine rollout. … Read more