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April 2017
"Is Western civilisation about to enter a new Dark Age, presided over by “populists”? No."
 
 
April 2017
"This must have been the first oration by a book-burner at Cambridge University for some centuries"
 
 
April 2017
"Theresa May and her colleagues should announce that Britain seeks global free trade as well as free trade with the EU"
 
 
June 2013
‘Temporarily withdrawing from the human rights convention in order to deport Abu Qatada would be absurd’
 
 
March 2014
Abortion is a subject which never goes away and the arguments remain fundamental — a woman's right to choose versus a child's right to life, as each side would advance their case. And yet the technical and clinical
 
 
April 2017
"For sheer human courage Martin Luther is hard to outdo"
 
 
April 2017
We must abandon food production subsidies to forge the kind of new trade deals we require
 
 
May 2015
"The Humboldt Forum is a spectacular idea. But it will take the right intellectual architect to pull it off. We will have to trust Neil MacGregor"
 
 
January/February 2011
Life in Birmingham as a vicar’s wife opened our Mole’s eyes to what has become of Britain’s second city
 
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November 2015
‘You cannot measure the success of a city by the number of coffee chains it can support’
 
 
December/January 2016/17
"If this man makes America great again, I will eat a sombrero"
 
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April 2017
Save on therapy — make dumplings
 
 
April 2017
"When Gerald Kaufman died, not a tear of sadness touched the cheek of British Jewry"
 
 
April 2017
A nightmare time at a fashionable Soho steakhouse
 
 
April 2017
Trying to change the calendar to accommodate religious festivals has been a centuries-old minefield
 
 
March 2017
The ascendancy of machine over man
 
 
December/January 2016/17
A vintage volume of wine essays is worth savouring
 
 
April 2014
It gets to the point doesn't it — where you're trying to "do the right thing", whatever that may be. Lead a decent, middle-class life — and yet somehow whatever you do, it's morally wrong. You know? It's
 
 
July/August 2015
Despite everything, the BBC is still one of our great cultural forces
 
 
July/August 2011
 
 
April 2016
"Far from being the harbinger of a more transparent and law-abiding Iran, the Zanjani trial is just an attempt to settle scores"