Derek Turner

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Derek Turner is the editor of the Quarterly Review. His writing has appeared in the Times, Sunday Telegraph, Literary Review, Salisbury Review, and Chronicles.


Scandal

Keeping the Pope’s Boat Afloat

Keeping the Pope’s Boat Afloat

March 01, 2013

The dramatic departure from office of the Scottish Catholic Cardinal Keith

History

Unearthing Richard III

Unearthing Richard III

February 10, 2013

On February 4th, the University of Leicester announced that the bones unearthed

Lit Crit

A Traveler in Search of Tradition

A Traveler in Search of Tradition

December 30, 2012

Cooper, Artemis. Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure. London: John Murray,

Media

Leveson’s Legacy

Leveson’s Legacy

December 20, 2012

A venerable British political tradition dictates that whenever some important

Media

Who Guards Those Who Guard the Guardians?

Who Guards Those Who Guard the Guardians?

November 13, 2012

In July 2011, in response to public anger at a few tabloid journalists’

Britain

Jimmy Savile: Emblem of an Age

Jimmy Savile: Emblem of an Age

November 05, 2012

On New Year’s Day 1964, a louche, longhaired Leeds lad presented the first

Lit Crit

The End of Adventure

The End of Adventure

October 29, 2012

Judith Schalansky. Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands—Fifty Islands I Have Not

British Politics

The Shriveling Scottish Identity

The Shriveling Scottish Identity

October 16, 2012

When Scotland and England were united formally in 1707, the Scottish Earl of

Britain

Royal Pains

Royal Pains

June 08, 2012

After four days of royalist reverie, the imported Union Jacks are starting to

Britain

Welfare Fraud: Billions for Zeros

Welfare Fraud: Billions for Zeros

March 30, 2012

While British troops gallantly and pointlessly put themselves in peril’s way

Britain

England’s Surrogate Religion

England’s Surrogate Religion

March 23, 2012

It is sometimes said that football is like a religion to the English. As the

Wild Things

Have AIDS, Will Travel

Have AIDS, Will Travel

March 07, 2012

English taxpayers awoke one morning in late February to discover that the

British Politics

Eric Joyce’s Hands-On Politics 

Eric Joyce’s Hands-On Politics 

February 28, 2012

On Tuesday February 22nd, police were called to the Strangers’ Bar in the

Britain

Making Sense and Nonsense of the Riots

Making Sense and Nonsense of the Riots

August 23, 2011

It all started, says Darcus Howe, as  an insurrection of a generation of

Britain

The Tournaments of Tottenham

The Tournaments of Tottenham

August 09, 2011

In 1653, the year Cromwell became Lord Protector of England, there appeared the

Pop Music

Becky Black’s “Friday”: Pap Music’s Weak End

Becky Black’s “Friday”: Pap Music’s Weak End

March 30, 2011

As an aficionado of the atrocious, I thought I’d sneak a peek at Rebecca

Public Nuisances

Midsomer Murders’ Afro-Saxon Activist Invaders

Midsomer Murders’ Afro-Saxon Activist Invaders

March 21, 2011

The English are in love with murder. From The Woman in White and The Hound of

Sports

Sexism On and Off the Field

Sexism On and Off the Field

February 01, 2011

On January 22, Sky Sports announcers Andy Gray and Richard Keys were overheard

Britain

Nick Boles: England’s Arch-Modernizer

Nick Boles: England’s Arch-Modernizer

November 19, 2010

Boles, Nick. Which Way’s Up?: The Future for Coalition Britain and How to Get

Britain

Lauren Booth Turns Toward Mecca

Lauren Booth Turns Toward Mecca

November 04, 2010

Last month, Tony Blair’s half-sister-in-law Lauren Booth announced that she

Media

Rupert Murdoch: the “Populist” Plutocrat

Rupert Murdoch: the “Populist” Plutocrat

October 18, 2010

Few causes could get the heads of the BBC, Channel 4, the Daily Telegraph,

Public Nuisances

Bono, Geldof, and Hibernian Humanity-Huggers

Bono, Geldof, and Hibernian Humanity-Huggers

October 07, 2010

The guests were singing maudlin folksongs trying to drown out the TV’s

Idiocracy

Associationitis

Associationitis

September 22, 2010

The UK Treasury is considering replacing the copper in some coins with nickel

Political Truths

Demos’‘The Power of Unreason’, and Other Ridiculous Conspiracies

Demos’‘The Power of Unreason’, and Other Ridiculous Conspiracies

September 07, 2010

On August 29, the London think-tank Demos released a report called The Power of

British Politics

William Hague: The Right-Winger Who Wasn’t

William Hague: The Right-Winger Who Wasn’t

July 28, 2010

Tories perturbed by the party’s lackluster election and shacking up with the

Trade Unions

Awkward Truths About the Awkward Squad

Awkward Truths About the Awkward Squad

July 14, 2010

As the cooling winds of austerity move in across superheated Britain, one

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