All articles by: Mike Parker

UK outside democracy Top Ten

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by Mike Parker

The UK is 14th in the list of the world’s top democracies, according to the latest assessment by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). And the USA is outside the top …

Books: Henning’s last hurrah

Published: January 31, 2018
Written by Mike Parker

After The Fire By Henning Mankell Harvill Secker £17.99 Having condemned his much-loved detective Kurt Wallander to a long drawn-out descent into the hell of Alzheimer’s, Henning Mankell died of …

Books: Corruption in La Serenissima

Published: January 26, 2018
Written by Mike Parker

Earthly Remains by Donna Leon Arrow Books £8.99 We are now some 26 books into the career of Commissario Guido Brunetti, the Venetian police detective created by American-born, Venice-based Donna …

Books: Crushed by the wheels of Schäuble

Published: December 20, 2017
Written by Mike Parker

Adults In The Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment by Yanis Varoufakis Bodley Head £20 Talking To My Daughter About The Economy: A Brief History Of Capitalism by Yanis …

Books: Unknowable genius of stone

Published: August 2, 2017
Written by Mike Parker

Michelangelo: His Epic Life by Martin Gayford Penguin Fig Tree £16.99 Can I say this? I don’t actually much like the work of Michelangelo. There, it’s done… I’m not criticising! …

Books: The last liberal hope of Europe?

Published: July 18, 2017
Written by Mike Parker

The Shortest History Of Germany by James Hawes Old Street £12.99 Say this for a grammar school education and a History ‘O’ Level – I know who Prince Otto von …

Books: Passion and inspiration

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Mike Parker

Hay Literary Festival Part 2 Harriet Harman and Yanis Varoufakis may have warmed up the Hay audience earlier in the festival, but the fire was truly lit on the second …

Hay Literary Festival 2017

Published: June 17, 2017
Written by Mike Parker

Part One Unlike last year, when we were facing a poll that had been announced far enough in advance for the Festival to theme a series of events around it, …

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 …