One per cent Glastonbury

‘Word has got around that this is where the world’s movers and shakers are gathering to prove they still rock’

Managing the unmanageable Grexit contagion

Market analysts discuss the prognosis of its sick patient

Move over, manspreader

‘We are all used to this phenomenon on trains but coping with it on a long flight is surely a different matter’

Cameron shakes off his EU problems

The prime minister ‘discusses’ Britain’s EU membership with the commission president

Only joking . . . 

‘One day a sociologist will chart the death of humour in western society’

The PM and the weaker sex

‘David Cameron’s gallantry has that air of the overeager chap meeting his girlfriend’s parents for the first time’

Cameron, as Wellington, meets his Waterloo

A modern take on the campaign with the Tory prime minister leading the English contingent

Britain’s most hated

‘It turns out that the metropolitan elite are a conspiracy against the ordinary people and against the rest of the country’

How online survey added years to my life

Not only am I further from death than I imagined, I could still try for Young Journalist of the Year

A real gun of a son

‘When the moment came, we caved in to the boy’s gunlust. Why did we surrender?’

Blair returns to brave new conflict zone

Robert Shrimsley imagines his next mission: to improve the hopeless situation of the Labour party

A whole new ball game

‘My decision to join a fantasy football league was taken primarily as a bonding exercise with my son’

Politicians seek credible backstories

These phoney concepts are the preserve of an increasingly phoney class

Confessions of a shy Tory

‘We were waiting to be convinced there was a better option than the Tories — but none arrived’

If Prince Charles batted against Pietersen

What does HRH make of perhaps the greatest cricketer of his time?

The baby sister who would be king

‘Visitors should bring something for Prince George, a small piece of Scotland, perhaps’

Prepare for the revenge of the Blairites

Those who were scorned and blamed for Labour’s woes are ready to fight again for their party

Election of fear and negative campaigning

Labour and Conservatives ran offensive designed to shield leaders from public, says Robert Shrimsley

The right to worktops: an election issue

‘Sometimes you need that degree of detachment to be able to focus on the big picture’

Charlie Hebdo and freedom’s dubious defence

Writers offer a masterclass in how to stay cred while resiling from a cause they purport to defend


Robert Shrimsley Robert Shrimsley is the Managing Editor of Before this he has served as the FT’s chief political correspondent and news editor.

He writes weekly for the Notebook column, a satirical look at the week’s news and for the FT weekend Magazine.

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