Dirty rotten scoundrels

To be remembered as a truly sinister villain it’s all in the marketing. A memorable name is a must; preferably ironic or cropped from the rarely frequented areas of the keyboard and even better when combined with the definite article or an umlaut. Angel Eyes, The Mekon and Keyser Söze all fit the bill nicely….

The art of political collaboration

Some time ago I visited the Tate Britain gallery in London with my family. Finding the lift out of order, a gallery assistant kindly offered the use of the staff lift which is not usually available to the public.  She led us through the areas that were setting up for the Turner Prize.  Variously described as “a barometer for the…

The Litvinenko Inquiry – Reading the signals

Days 18 to 29 (end of public hearings) – up to March 30th All good spy dramas end with an intriguing cliffhanger. In this regard, the open session of the Litvinenko Inquiry has not disappointed. Late in proceedings the Chairman received notice supposedly from Dmitri Kovtun (one of the two alleged assassins) asking to present…