In the magazine this month

March 2015

Our feeble reaction to assaults on liberty in Paris and Copenhagen reveals this country's terrible betrayal of the principle we did so much to establish
"We're not that keen on free speech in this country." These words were said to me by a tabloid journalist in London the day after two men gunned their way into the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris. At a time when most people were digging down into comforting half-truths and flagrant untruths, here at least were some honestly spoken words. And although recent events in Britain are not comparable to Paris and Copenhagen, think back to the days before Paris and you will see that Britain is a country which now has trouble with free speech. The problem runs through our laws, policymakers and public.
R.W. JOHNSON
The Jewish exodus from France shows that Islam’s rapid growth has caused a crisis for the Continent’s oldest minority. Bromides won’t do any more
MICHAEL NAZIR-ALI
Why do we turn a blind eye to executions in Muslim states? After Paris, we must confront attempts to impose extreme versions of Islam in the West
JOHN WARE

Mainstream Muslims are turning a blind eye to the links between religious hostility to the West and the growth in jihadist attacks

 
NIGEL LAWSON
In the Church of England's new book the Archbishops of Canterbury and York are too focused on inequality rather than poverty, greed and folly
MARTIN WOLF
The FT's chief economics commentator debates Standpoint's columnist Tim Congdon on the Great Recession, austerity, and the proper use of fiscal policy
TIM CONGDON
Standpoint's columnist Tim Congdon responds to Martin Wolf on the Great Recession, austerity, and the proper use of fiscal policy
 
PETER OBORNE AND ANNE WILLIAMS
Orwell criticised writing on politics, but he could not have imagined the solipsism of today's self-regarding pundits and politicians
ALEXANDER WOOLFSON
At a time of chaos across three continents, neither David Cameron nor Ed Miliband is willing to reconsider Britain's place in the world seriously
MICHAEL PINTO-DUSCHINSKY
As the world honours the last survivors of the Shoah, it is time to tell the truth about post-war UK collaboration with Nazi perpetrators
 
ROBERT M. SCHWARTZ
A psychologist and sex therapist wonders where E.L. James's celebration of sadomasochism comes from and what it means for human relationships