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December 2018 / January 2019
"There was nothing unavoidable about the predicament in which the United Kingdom now finds itself"
 
 
December 2018 / January 2019
‘Walk along any but the main streets of Vienna at any time and you cannot shift the feeling that there just aren’t enough people’
 
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December 2018 / January 2019
‘If contractionary fiscal policy can be expansionary, could expansionary fiscal policy be contractionary?’
 
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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
 
 
November 2018
‘Marie Colvin created herself in the image of the ideal war correspondent. She crafted a one-of-the-boys persona: she was tougher than the toughest’
 
 
November 2018
‘Pride of place in Emmanuel Macron’s presidential office goes to Le Rouge et le Noir. Does he recognise in himself the characteristics that enabled Julien Sorel to fly so close to the sun before he crashed and burned?’
 
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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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December 2018 / January 2019
Pressing on with the task of making apple juice
 
 
December 2018 / January 2019
‘If we know one thing about Theresa May, it is that she always wants to carry on, however bad the outlook’
 
 
December 2018 / January 2019
Eating Italian food in England can be better than in Italy
 
 
September 2018
‘The Vidia Naipaul I knew was friendly, warm-hearted (not quite the same as kind-hearted), curious, responsive, humorous (and able to laugh at himself), convivial, mischievous, never hypocritical’
 
 
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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December 2018 / January 2019
It may not be possible to know if we are living in a simulation — but perhaps we don’t need certainty
 
 
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"