SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
William Cash

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January 26, 2017
This is the second of a two-part feature; the first was published last week The Abbey House first came into view as we walked along the old monastic apple orchard, heading through a huge 13th-century broken colonnade towards a magnificent-looking priory. I winced as I saw medieval transept mullion windows replaced with white gloss-painted frames
January 24, 2017
The PM will be relieved to have clarity, but several major challenges loom
January 19, 2017
Who would have thought that the accidental discovery, while out on a Sunday walk along the River Severn, that a run-down priory was for sale could end up costing so much? Not just financially and emotionally but also in terms of a private sense of loss – both aesthetically and, above all, in terms of
November 17, 2016
Kenneth Clark by James Stourton, William Collins, £30 When I opened James Stourton’s “authorised” biography of the art historian and broadcaster Kenneth Clark (better known as Lord Clark of Civilisation), it was tempting to start reading at Clark’s deathbed scene in 1982. According to diarist James Lees-Milne, Clark – much of whose life was spent
June 22, 2016
The Establishment was wrong about the gold standard, appeasement and the ERM. Now it's wrong to back Remain
June 16, 2016
Again and again over the last century, the Establishment has been wrong. And it is wrong again today
March 17, 2016
The continuing row over whether the Queen is in favour of Brexit is strange. Like any sovereign head of state – symbolic or otherwise – Her Majesty will have private views. It is almost inconceivable that she is a cheerleader for the anti-sovereignty ambitions of EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. It’s interesting that when Sir
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