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    1. January 10, 2014

      The Diary: AN Wilson

      My neighbour, Dr Jonathan Miller, comes round in the middle of the morning to see where we have displayed his Christmas...

    2. October 4, 2013

      The causes of the first world war

      The War That Ended Peace: How Europe Abandoned Peace for the First World War, by Margaret MacMillan, Profile Books, RRP£25,...

    1. August 2, 2013

      Two reputations have survived well

      From Mr Gregory Shenkman. Sir, Max Hastings (“Cameron’s critics have much venom but little sense of history”, July 27) takes...

    2. January 25, 2013

      Support Mali but please send no troops

      It was a characteristically British contradiction that, in the week the government announced a further 5,000 cost-cutting...

    3. November 11, 2012

      DG pays price for probe that went wrong

      The old joke in the BBC is that, at times of failure and recrimination, the call goes out: deputy heads must roll. There was...

    4. April 6, 2012

      Falklands bravado won’t ensure Britain’s security

      Three decades ago, Britain fought what will almost certainly prove its last colonial war, to recover the Falklands Islands...

    5. March 11, 2012

      Cameron is too casual for his own and our good

      Roy Jenkins often upbraided Tony Blair, who for a time regarded the veteran statesman as a mentor, for indulging inertia in...

    6. January 20, 2012

      My winter retreat

      As the sun rises, the dusty hides of zebra and gazelle, hartebeest and elephants brighten beneath its rays as if under...

    7. beyondbrics

      December 21, 2011

      Further reading: doublethink

      Wednesday’s top picks from the beyondbrics team: Lex on why it is wiser to stick with South Korean equities; the, not...

    8. December 20, 2011

      No humble pie for opposing the Libyan war

      Some weeks ago, a reader wrote in a letter to the FT: ‘Since Max Hastings was so eloquent in opposing Western intervention...

    9. November 25, 2011

      On the Black Sea with strangers

      Cruising is a divisive activity. Some people leap eagerly aboard vast ships in far-flung ports several times a year. Others...

    10. November 22, 2011

      An administration for troubled times?

      Technocratic governments are all the rage. Who might be in a UK one? Prime minister: Lord (Chris) Patten. The technocrats’...

    11. November 11, 2011

      ‘Keep calm and carry on’ is not enough

      Many people display uncertainty about how to behave at a funeral. This is pretty much what the western world is now living...

    12. October 29, 2011

      Locked into an either/or mindset

      From Prof John A. Mathews. Sir, The Comment article by Max Hastings (“Forget wind – Britain needs nuclear subsidies”,...

    13. October 29, 2011

      Main threat is intertwined policies

      From Mr David Henderson. Sir, Max Hastings (“Forget wind – Britain needs nuclear subsidies”, October 22) is right to...

    14. October 21, 2011

      Forget wind – Britain needs nuclear subsidies

      Chris Huhne’s trumpeted summit with the Big Six electricity suppliers this week ended with a whimper: Britain’s energy...

    15. September 30, 2011

      All Hell Let Loose

      No one could be better qualified than Sir Max Hastings to write a single-volume history that covers every aspect and every...

    16. September 16, 2011

      There’s no romance left in espionage

      The British are indulging in one of their periodic bouts of spy fever, such as no other nation enjoys so much. Tinker,...

    17. September 9, 2011

      Planning fiasco adds insult to injury to the Tory faithful

      It is a characteristic of David Cameron’s government, brave or reckless according to taste, that he treats with disdain what...

    18. August 27, 2011

      So Nato ‘was’ right

      From Mr James Wooster. Sir, I wonder if your columnist Max Hastings, who argued in your paper so eloquently against Nato’s...

    19. The World

      August 24, 2011

      Will Libya need western peacekeepers?

      Watching Oana Lungescu on the BBC’s Newsnight last night, I was grimly amused by a slip of the tongue from NATO’s...

    20. FT Alphaville

      August 16, 2011

      Pink picks

      Comment, analysis and other offerings from Tuesday’s FT, Max Hastings: The west’s crisis of honest leaders “Cometh the hour,...

    21. August 15, 2011

      The west’s crisis of honest leaders

      Hardly a day passes without public lamentation about the paucity of leadership in the Western democracies. Where, cry a...

    22. August 13, 2011

      SongBird Survival is campaigning for high-quality science

      From Mr Clive Sherwood. Sir, Max Hastings (“Giving badgers the bullet is ‘a very bold course, minister’”, July 30) and...

    23. August 6, 2011

      Real hindrance to culling is the evidence

      From Mr David Sawers. Sir, Max Hastings is wrong to suggest that the impassioned emotionalism of millions of voters is the...

    24. August 6, 2011

      Abernethy is a good example of predator control

      From Mr Martin Harper. Sir, Max Hastings has had an impressive career as a journalist and author, so it was disappointing...

    25. August 6, 2011

      When sentiment met sparrowhawk

      From Mr Neil Stratton. Sir, Max Hastings (July 30) claims to lament the fact that sentiment rules the debate on managing our...

    26. July 29, 2011

      Giving badgers the bullet is ‘a very bold course, minister’

      Civil servants have a saying which sends a shiver of terror up the spines of prudent politicians: “That’s a very bold...

    27. July 22, 2011

      Murdochs and the madness of moguls

      This has been the sort of week that makes foreigners ask whether we are a serious country. There is a madness in the...

    28. June 27, 2011

      ‘We’ve started so we’ll finish’ is the classic military mistake

      From Mr Tim Underwood. Sir, Max Hastings’ article “British generals must stop their moaning” (June 20) is totally wrong, and...

    29. June 19, 2011

      British generals must stop their moaning

      All wars provoke tensions between politicians and the armed forces. Military leaders see themselves made responsible for...

    30. June 18, 2011

      Two simple changes would put paid to directors’ excesses

      From Mr Roger Lawson. Sir, Max Hastings covers well the disparity between the income of the general population and that of...

    31. June 10, 2011

      Society will not suffer huge pay-offs for ever

      A new survey shows that FTSE chief executives’ rewards rose by 32 per cent last year. It has been disclosed that Sir Stuart...

    32. May 27, 2011

      Toast our Afghan victories but it’s the jaw-jaw that counts

      Barack Obama this week made explicit his commitment to a negotiation about Afghanistan’s future in which he is willing to...

    33. May 15, 2011

      Questions but no answers for Nato in Libya

      The world’s agenda changes with bewildering speed. The conflict in Libya has receded in public consciousness, displaced by...

    34. April 29, 2011

      Death or glory

      A picture of a rebel fighter in Libya taken by Chris Hondros “Mightn’t it be rather dangerous?” William Boot demanded of the...

    35. April 20, 2011

      Libyan policy lacks an endgame

      The western allies are in a fine Libyan pickle. The real mission of the British and French military “advisers” being...

    36. April 16, 2011

      Where is the evidence of the decline in state education?

      From Mr Andrew Anderson. Sir, One of the great benefits of a good education is that it encourages an analytical,...

    37. April 8, 2011

      Silly lectures are no way to change social mobility

      This week’s speech by Nick Clegg, Britain’s deputy prime minister, setting out the government’s agenda to improve social...

    38. March 24, 2011

      Why the military is right to fret over Libya

      The allies attacking Libya cherish hopes that Muammer Gaddafi, faced with the attrition of his forces, will opt for exile....

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