In the magazine this month

December 2010

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel at first dismissed, then embraced Thilo Sarrazin’s attack on multiculturalism
In January 1979, at the height of the "Winter of Discontent", the British Prime Minister Jim Callaghan was interviewed as he disembarked at Heathrow. Asked about the strikes that had even left the dead unburied, Callaghan replied: "I don't think other people in the world would share the view that there is mounting chaos." This was summarised by the Sun in a memorable tabloid headline: "Crisis? What Crisis?" Two months later, Callaghan lost a motion of no confidence in the House of Commons, and in the subsequent election Margaret Thatcher swept to power. The moral of the story is: faced with a crisis, the one thing a leader cannot afford to show is complacency.
JOHN BOLTON
After his mid-term ‘shellacking’, the President has a choice: Clintonian pragmatism or the ideological purity of the Left
KATHARINE BIRBALSINGH
Thrown out of her school after addressing the Conservative Party conference, this teacher explains her change of mind
NORMAN LEBRECHT
The Arts Council started with a tiny budget and a mandate to lift the postwar gloom. Now this meddlesome quango has lost its way and its chair, Liz Forgan, must go
 
JONATHAN BATE
With tuition fees about to triple to make up for the withdrawal of state funding, it is time to reread Coleridge, Bentham and Mill
JULIE BINDEL
Asian pimps in the North get away with rape as police run scared of being branded racist
NICK BOLES AND DANIEL HANNAN
Two of the Conservative Party’s most influential thinkers, Nick Boles MP and Daniel Hannan MEP, discuss their contrasting visions with the Editor of Standpoint, Daniel Johnson