Jonathan Meades

Call of the mild

"Michael Gove’s Wild Animals in Circuses Bill appears at first glance to be nothing more than his latest essay in exhibitionistic compassion. But is it a misreading to ascribe this picayune law-making to opportunistic big-heartedness?"

Dog days

'If every writer who disliked what other contributors wrote decided to withdraw their work, there would be no papers, no magazines, perhaps no telly'

The Elysée’s shadowy French lieutenants

Neo-barbouzes and bodyguard conspiracies

The dangers of dog in the manger democracy

There’s no sign anyone in Britain is desperate to eat spaniel — the proposed ban is frivolous and does nothing for animal welfare

Foie Gove

Michael Gove's plan to ban foie gras is an essentially frivolous self-advertisement

Jolly Bad Taste vs. feeble Good Taste

Sir Les Patterson or Poundbury, Roy Wood or Richard Rogers, dodgy clubs or lusty yeomen?

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"