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September 2016
"In her first two months on the bridge, Theresa May has skilfully steered the ship of state away from hazardous Continental rocks and into the open sea"
 
 
September 2016
"Theresa May’s safe pair of hands seems a great blessing after the vacuum Cameron and Osborne left us in"
 
 
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"
 
 
September 2016
"Friedman’s “helicopter money” was designed as a thought experiment to stimulate the imagination — not the real British economy. He was joking"
 
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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
 
 
September 2016
"Jean-Claude Juncker is not the first Luxembourger to imagine he can dictate the future of Europe"
 
 
July/August 2016
"Death in Venice is the best book ever written about the nature of creative talent"
 
 
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’
 
 
September 2016
"It’s my Labour Party, Mr Corbyn, and I’ll cry if I want to"
 
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September 2016
Suffering from autumnal glut guilt
 
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July/August 2016
Leonhard Euler was the presiding genius at the courts of Peter, Frederick and Catherine the Great
 
 
September 2016
François-André Danican Philidor, composer turned blindfold king of the chessboard
 
 
September 2016
Literary symposia from classical Athens to Muriel Spark
 
 
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