D J Taylor

David John Taylor is a British critic, novelist and biographer.

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Shirker or striver? Most of us are neither

Let's hear it for the majority, who do their best and then go home. Plus, business people should stick to business, and poetic bad behaviour

Our right to die young is under attack

The TaxPayers' Alliance defends our prerogative to get fat without state meddling. Don't tell them it will put up future tax bills

Fifty shades of grey might not be enough

Maturity brings an appreciation of nuance, not often found on Amazon. Plus, why I prefer Labour candidates who choose private schools

Keep calm and carry on tolerating

Christians know how to turn the other cheek. Plus, why modern literary biographies have little to say, and Lady Gaga's roots
Laughing now, but not for long: On Wednesday, the PM discovered that Boris Johnson is worth a good 1.5 million more votes to the Tory party in a general election than he is himself

Dave's demons are closing on him

Boris means trouble later, and a new ginger group is kicking up now. But it was a good week for cockneys – if a bad one for small towns

D J Taylor: There's just no getting away from real life

Kirsty Lane's consumer frenzy after embezzling £200,000 from her employers ended with a 20-month prison sentence

D J Taylor: Murdoch didn't meddle and Ms Price writes

Only someone who believes the above statements will be surprised by the evidence given to the Leveson inquiry. Plus, some poetry

D J Taylor: A man who knows what it means to be civilised – and chooses not to be

Just when you had assumed that the Breivik trial couldn't get any worse – with Thursday's revelation that its subject had wanted to decapitate a former Norwegian prime minister – it plunged into a yet more subterranean depth. Even to watch the fragments of Breivik's testimony come through on text services was bad enough – the self-proclaimed "nice" man who had deliberately hardened his heart to commit mass murder. God knows what the impact of this must have been in a mesmerised courtroom.

D J Taylor: Only Sir Bufton Tufton can save us now

The real opposition to the New Conservatism, is ... the old Conservatives; plus, a social history of brown bread

D J Taylor: Privatisation is the source of rose rage

Hosepipe bans would be easier to accept if the water companies didn't make such vast profits. Plus, how to be a don

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