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February 2018
“Civilisation” implies so much that defies definition, but is instantly recognisable. So here is an attempt to illustrate by a literary example what seems to us to be worth defending
 
 
February 2018
"Imagine if Boris Johnson had insulted Angela Merkel. Imagine that it wasn’t even a gaffe. Imagine if he had actually campaigned to stop her coming to London"
 
 
February 2018
"Does economic punditry have to be akin to horror films? The last six years have been the most stable in the past four decades"
 
 
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
 
 
December 2017 / January 2018
‘As Silicon Valley comes to Washington, the pattern of 21st-century journalism is emerging’
 
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November 2017
‘Gilles de Kerchove, the counter-terrorism chief of Europol, estimates that there are now more than 50,000 jihadists in Europe — half of them in Britain’
 
 
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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February 2018
Ignore detox season — get back to basics the Dark Ages way, by making your own bread and butter
 
 
February 2018
"We may well witness the spectacle of Jacob Rees-Mogg making the case for scrapping or weakening the House of Lords, while the Corbynistas uphold its legitimacy"
 
 
February 2018
La Grand'Vigne in Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte is a triumph of a restaurant
 
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February 2018
We celebrated our New Year on January 1 but the Chinese will do so this month. Why the difference?
 
 
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"