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October 2017
Can the West defend itself? On the face of it, the question answers itself: of course we can. And yet Donald Trump has called into question its very survival.
 
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October 2017
‘At almost any time in history before today, someone who had deliberately released their own nation’s secrets would have been regarded as a traitor’
 
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September 2017
‘Since the referendum, not only have jobs been created, but the rate of job creation has been better than normal’
 
 
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
 
 
July/August 2017
‘There’s a real threat that in the coming months a lethal “progressive alliance” will form a government. At that point I may well just give up’
 
 
October 2017
‘So often, Conservatives think that retail politics is just an auction of promises that we can never win’
 
 
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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October 2017
The failure of a much-mocked juicing startup
 
 
October 2017
‘The fastest route for Mrs May to exit Downing Street is for her to make a compromise too far for mainstream Conservative Brexiteers’
 
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October 2017
Greek food is too often judged by the lowest common denominator, but the restaurant Mavrikos, in Lindos, is an epiphanic experience
 
 
September 2017
Lucretius’s poem On the Nature of Things was written in 50 BC, yet remains as startling as ever
 
 
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"