Friday, 13 January 2017

You speaka da lingo?

Fred Astaire was asked once about Judy Garland’s abilities as a dancer. The great man was, as always, gracious. Unlike..

By Walter Ellis


Monday, 9 January 2017

On the uselessness of America's smug liberals

During my 14 years in America, which ended with the first stirrings of Donald Trump’s rise to power, liberals and..

By Walter Ellis


Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Rogered: the dawn of reality

I am not going to waste much time on the resignation of Sir Ivan Rogers from his post as the..

By Walter Ellis


Thursday, 22 December 2016

Sleepwalking into the future

An excellent column appeared in The Times on Wednesday by Clare Foges. The thrust of her argument was neatly contained..

By Walter Ellis


Monday, 19 December 2016

The Wolves of Wall Street: can you trust Trump's cabinet?

America under Donald Trump is like a blockbuster movie due to come out just in time for the Oscars. We’ve..

By Walter Ellis


Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Reading allowed: top books from 2016

Over the festive period, Reaction authors are writing in with their favourite books from 2016 that they feel would make..

By Walter Ellis


Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Immigration: closing off the two-way street

Expat Brits – the ones who live full-time in Spain or France, or elsewhere in Europe – number some 1.2..

By Walter Ellis


Friday, 2 December 2016

Time for a new Congress of Vienna

This week’s In Our Time on BBC Radio 4, presented by the increasingly grumpy Melvyn Bragg, was a timely reminder of a..

By Walter Ellis


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Don't be so certain Fillon will beat Le Pen

I was talking to a young Frenchman the other night over dinner. He’s the deputy head of one of Brittany’s..

By Walter Ellis