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Martin Kettle

Martin Kettle

    Hillary's job application is 600 pages
    Hillary's job application is 600 pages
    "All of us face hard choices in our lives," writes Hillary Rodham Clinton in the opening sentence of her blockbuster new memoir, ...
    What if the Germans had won the first world war?
    What if the Germans had won the first world war?
    People who see a divine hand or the iron laws of dialectical materialism at work in human affairs bridle at the question: "What if things had...
    US voters are not mad
    US voters are not mad
    America is a country of mad people governed by buffoons. That's the way a lot of Europeans are content to see it, no matter how much they love the...
    Trapped in the Anglosphere, we've lost sight of next door
    Trapped in the Anglosphere, we've lost sight of next door
    Saul Steinberg's 1976 New Yorker magazine cover of the world as viewed from New York City still adorns many walls in many homes in many...
    The challenge ahead
    The challenge ahead
    Let's be clear about this: Barack Obama has achieved an immense and historic victory. But if he had not won the 2008 presidential election and had...
    TV debates rarely swing it, but let voters test the timber
    TV debates rarely swing it, but let voters test the timber
    Too much media coverage of the American election for you? It wasn't always this way. Sometimes the complaints went in the opposite direction. Doing...
    Bush's power grab
    Bush's power grab
    On April 30 the Boston Globe journalist Charlie Savage wrote an article whose contents become more astonishing the more one reads them. Over...
    A perverse fixation with the Nazi past
    A perverse fixation with the Nazi past
    The soccer World Cup fills me with dread. I want to look, but also to look away. Not because I don't like football. I do. Not because I'm fussed...
    The furious joy of life
    The furious joy of life
    Little by little, Vasily Grossman seems to be working his way into the consciousness of the modern world. If his name already means something to...
    A world-altering speech
    A world-altering speech
    If the great history lesson of the 20th century is that socialism does not work, then the watershed event in that tragic enlightenment was the one...
    Judging the judges
    Judging the judges
    As a newly arrived Washington correspondent a few years ago, I made a call to the late Alistair Cooke, doyen and paragon of the London-based...
    Peter Pan politics
    Peter Pan politics
    A crisis? Sure. But which one and whose? As the results sank in on Sunday, the clever men in suits on France's TV5 reeled off plenty to choose...