In the magazine this month

April 2011

If Chancellor George Osborne wants economic recovery, he must stop the government stifling the “animal spirits” of entrepreneurs
Budgets matter for two reasons. There is the stuff that gets the media attention. This category usually involves a bit of taking from rich Peter — the owner of a private jet in this case — to give to poorer Paul — the driver of a more humble, petrol-consuming car. Or from a maligned banker to a low-paid taxpayer. That is the stuff of politics — redistributing money earned by other people. It is the meat on which Labour governments fed for over a decade, and in which George Osborne indulges himself when the desire to be fair — phrased as "We are all in this together" — becomes a necessary political move to soften a change in policy that adversely affects some group accustomed to ever-rising benefits.
DAVID BARRETT
The tale of Martin Amis's dead talent is so popular in the press that it has become a cliché. But his detractors' criticisms increasingly focus on his private life, not his literature
JULIE BINDEL
Two men evicted from a gay-friendly pub were not — as many have claimed — subject to homophobic abuse; public displays of sexualised behaviour are inappropriate, whatever one's orientation
MICHAEL WEISS
Even in the midst of Arab revolt, media outlets around the world — including many in Britain — give credence to anti-Semitic conspiracy theories
 
JONATHAN FOREMAN
The historic city in Pakistan's North West Frontier — home to the Smugglers' bazaar, Khyber Pass and Grand Trunk Road — is seeing its rich culture eroded by religious fundamentalism
TIM MONTGOMERIE
Cameron will only break Labour’s monopoly of morality by finding the words and tools to redefine Bush’s compassionate conservatism
MICHAEL PINTO-DUSCHINSKY
A constitutional revolution is under way, driven by an unelected cabal led by the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Gus O’Donnell
 
NIGEL BIGGAR
An “established” Church of England affronts both secularists and Anglicans. But it offers the best protection for humanist liberalism
R.W. JOHNSON
Britain quietly allowed anti-apartheid exiles to run guerrilla operations from London as long as they stayed off the streets