Not born to rule

Some years ago, in the members’ tea room, when MPs were about to vote themselves a massive pay increase to which I was vocally opposed, one of the wealthier Tories remarked to me: “What you don’t realize, Chris, is that no Tory MP can survive on an MP’s salary”. He spoke with great passion and, … Read more

Palladium of rule

On April 24, 1815, the Englishman John D’Oyly (1774-1824), First Baronet of Kandy, took off his shoes to follow a tooth relic of the Buddha as it was returned to its temple, where he made an offering of a musical clock. Small moments such as these are central to John S. Strong’s The Buddha’s Tooth: … Read more