In the magazine this month

July/August 2017

Jeremy Corbyn is riding high after an unexpectedly successful election campaign. But his party has more to do to attract Middle England 
The Labour Party escaped what might have been a thrashing in 2017 through a combination of factors: a misconceived and maladroit Tory campaign; the simultaneous collapse of all the third party alternatives — UKIP (whose fox has been shot), the SNP (too much indyref2) and the Lib Dems (still paying for coalition blues) — and, of course, a well-managed and genial Labour campaign. But fundamental problems remain.
LIONEL SHRIVER
Women in public life are routinely defined by emotions, men by creed. I’m not thin-skinned but we can do without this adjectival apartheid
JOHN WARE
Despite the attack at a London mosque, we must expose the jihadist lie that the West is Islamophobic and take pride in our open society
ABIGAIL FRYMANN ROUCH
Nearly a million have fled their divided country since the 2003 invasion and the West has failed to provide the support they deserve
 
ALEXANDER WOOLFSON
Donald Trump’s obsession with Europe paying its ‘fair share’ for Nato has undermined the common values that have upheld the organisation
KATIE MCKEOGH
Brexit has revived interest in Elizabethan England’s bitter religious divisions that pitted love of the Continent against loyalty to the Crown
KALYPSO NICOLAïDIS
The best way to understand the UK’s departure from the EU may be through the prism of ancient mythology. But which story to choose?
 
ALASDAIR PALMER
As Theresa May’s speechwriter, I admired her genuine, old-fashioned Conservatism. She wasn’t difficult; her aides were another matter