All articles by: Mike Parker

Books: Pacy political history, Sicilian style

Published: May 10, 2017
Written by Mike Parker

The Revolution Of The Moon by Andrea Camilleri Europa Editions £10.99 Regular readers of the Inspector Montalbano novels of Andrea Camilleri will be familiar with the great Sicilian’s pungent approach …

Media Watch

Published: April 25, 2017
Written by Mike Parker

So, if we put to one side Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s claim that the entire chemical attack on Kheir Shakhoun in his country’s Idlib province was faked, who do we …

Row continues over Livingstone

Published: April 7, 2017
Written by Mike Parker

Some Labour MPs and prominent members of the Jewish community have reacted angrily at the suspension for two years of former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, who was accused of “bringing …

Media Watch

Published: March 30, 2017
Written by Mike Parker

Earlier this month, on March 2, the Society of Editors – “fighting for media freedom” – condemned ‘fake news’, warning that it “presents a threat to the traditional and professional …

Books: A Greek bearing gifts

Published: January 29, 2017
Written by Mike Parker

Blood & Gold by Leo Kanaris Dedalus £9.99 Those of us who are both Graeco­philes and lovers of good thrillers have been a little short of material since Paul Johnston …

Books: Fogeyish but humane

Published: January 25, 2017
Written by Mike Parker

The Orwell Essays by Bryan Sewell Quartet £12 Brian Sewell first came to public notice as the golden-vowelled spokesman for his friend, and fellow art historian, Anthony Blunt when the …

Not fascism, just Zionism

Published: December 20, 2016
Written by Mike Parker

A few weeks ago, a former Israel finance minister interviewed on Newsnight stated that since the state of Israel represented the “soul of the Jewish people”, any criticism of Israel …

Books: Not fascism, just Zionism

Published: December 20, 2016
Written by Mike Parker

State Of Terror: How terrorism created modern Israel by Thomas Suarez Skyscraper £20 A few weeks ago, a former Israel finance minister interviewed on Newsnight stated that since the state …

Books: A tendency to radicalise

Published: October 25, 2016
Written by Mike Parker

Torture: Does It Work? by Yvonne Ridley Military Studies Press £14.95 Well, yes, perhaps, maybe, sometimes it might, possibly, in the future, as the bomb tick, tick, ticks away. Unless …

Art: Nice little garden with a gallery attached

Published: September 24, 2016
Written by Mike Parker

Martin Creed attempts to channel Jackson Pollock Martin Creed: What You Find Hauser &?Wirth, Bruton, Somerset Remember those news reports a couple of months ago about the teenagers who left …

Legacy of a paranoid sociopath

Published: July 22, 2016
Written by Mike Parker

The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History 1962-1976 by Frank Dikotter Bloomsbury £25 Stalin said: “One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.” His admirer Mao certainly seemed to …

Still rocking in the free world

Published: July 11, 2016
Written by Mike Parker

Neil Young and Promise Of The Real O2 Arena London Earth Neil Young and Promise Of The Real Reprise Records There was a time in the mid-1980s when Neil Young …