‘The terrible things that happen when you put writers in charge’

Dictator Literature by Daniel Kalder. OneWorld Publishing, £10.99 Daniel Kalder is a very funny writer who specialises in Russian history and literature and has an eye for dark humour, the latter probably a necessity for the former. His latest book is a work of literary criticism with an unusual twist: studying the output of Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler and Mao, as well as some of the lesser tyrants of the 20th century. All were awful people; most were also awful… Read on

Is there a moral difference between Nazis and Communists?

Is there a moral difference between Nazis and Communists?

From Telegraph blogs Outside my local supermarket on Friday there was a man running a petition against the closure of the local hospital’s A&E department. Volunteering my signature, I noticed in his other hand a newspaper with a hammer and sickle on the front. I was a bit taken aback. “Are you a Communist?” I asked, unaware these people still existed. “Yes, but this has nothing to do with any political party”. Oh good, I said, and signed, vaguely worried… Read on