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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?"
'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
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?
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"
A tripod in the sky
The view from above