A Christmas read: A window on the world before the War

Over the festive period TCW will be publishing reviews by our writers of books which they feel deserve a wider audience. Here is the first. CHRISTMAS is not the time to read a door-stop novel...

A few simple demands for Mr Druncker

That horrible Juncker claims our demands are nebulous. I’m not surprised everything is a bit fuzzy. What does he expect if, as claimed, he consumes large amounts of vintage medication for his many ailments? If he...

A carol a day: We Three Kings of Orient Are

THERE are several unusual aspects to We Three Kings of Orient Are. It was something of a one-hit wonder, as none of the writer’s other works had much success. It is the only carol...

The death of a Jewish baby and a far from Independent report

WHEN is it better for the media to fail to cover a terrorist attack? When the alternative is to have it reported in the Independent. Imagine the scene. A group of people are waiting for...

Readers’ comments special: How can the 117 carry on under May?

KATHY Gyngell’s article in yesterday’s TCW, ‘May wounded? No, her Surrender Plan is bang on target’, prompted many comments. Here is a selection of extracts. Politically__Incorrect wrote: Is the Conservative Party still really one party? 117...

May wounded? No, her Surrender Plan is bang on target

The Brexiteers have been played. Game, set and match to Mrs May and Number Ten's Stasi operation. May’s ‘group of four’ – ‘remainer’ advisers all and her Comms Director, the discreet and low-profile former...

The BBC doesn’t fight fake news – it commissions it

BBC director general Lord Hall of Birkenhead has declared that the Corporation is on a mission to counter fake news.  He announced this in June at the Prospect annual conference – the day before the...

Be prepared for WTO

YESTERDAY I explained the fall-out from the vote of no confidence to RTE Radio 1, at about 1 hour 5 minutes in. The Prime Minister won the vote, but it is still difficult to see...

A government hell-bent on separating mother and child

ALLISON Pearson notes that acrimony is stirring among working mothers on the internet forum Mumsnet. The trigger is the BBC’s new Christmas trailer about a harassed working mother who magically stops time so she...

A carol a day: I Saw Three Ships

ONE of the cheeriest carols is I Saw Three Ships. It was first published in 1833 but had been around for centuries before that. Presumably it is because it is so old that no one...