All the articles posted on this website can be found here, organised in chronological sequence according to their date of writing or first publication.
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This article takes the launch of BBC2’s series ‘Restoration’ as an occasion, or an excuse, to suggest that a critical perspective on heritage has actually emerged from within the conservation movement, and not just from the derision of metropolitan literary snobs. Published in the Guardian, 13 September 2003.
How Alastair Campbell helped me get a quotation from Tony Blair. A version of this article was printed in the London Review of Books, 24 July 2003, p. 4.
On G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc and the English as a ‘secret people’. This article is an expanded version of a talk presented at the National Heritage Lottery’s Conference, ‘Who do we think we are; Heritage and Identity in the UK Today’ (held at the British Museum on July 13, 2004). An edited version was published in Soundings, ‘After Identity’ Issue, No. 29, Spring 2005, pp. 21-34. An abbreviated version (also available on this site), additionally adjusted to address the rhetoric of the Conservative Party’s election campaign under Michael Howard, appeared as ‘Last orders’ in the Guardian Review, 9 April 2005, pp. 4-6.
This article was published as ‘Take this man off the telly’ on 2 July 2003. It put an immediate end to my never more than fading career as an occasional television presenter. I think it raises necessary questions about the exercise of corporate power in the BBC.
On the opening of Zaha Hadid’s Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, Ohio. Published as ‘Look what I built’, the Guardian (G2), 2 July 2003, pp. 12-13.
On 1 May 2003 a jet carrying George W. Bush landed on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, just returned to California from Iraq. Standing in front of a carefully placed banner announcing ‘Mission Accomplished’, Bush gave a speech declaring an end to major combat operations in Iraq.
In the mid-1930s, and in response to the horrors of aerial warfare as waged by imperial powers in Ethiopia, Burma, India and elsewhere, the socialist-feminist Sylvia Pankhurst joined forces with the Dorset sculptor Eric Benfield to create an Anti-Air War Monument. I’m not finished with this story yet, but a version, published in 2003, can be read on the OpenDemocracy website.