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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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