Samir Shah

Pandemic panic

‘It will be several months before we know the human damage the coronavirus has done. But the damage wreaked by fear has now become overwhelming’

The perils of two-wheeled oiks in lycra

‘The cyclist’s pent-up hostility and cavalier attitude to rules finds its apotheosis in confrontations with pedestrians’

A woke at the wheel of wonderful museums

If the country’s great collections are to be saved from the illogic of left-wing groupthink, we must find a new type of thinker

Personality journalism started with Paxman. It’s pernicious

‘When I was at the BBC, the cliché was that we left our politics at the door. It appeared not to need saying that other aspects of your personal identity should also be left at the door’

Three cheers for “white saviours”

'You have to prove you have the knowledge/expertise/ experience to be allowed to step outside your own culture. To whom, I wonder, do you have to prove this?'

Cast off the shackles of Empire victimhood

Blaming modern woes on past empires stokes infantilisation—condescension is colonialism’s last legacy. I’m proud of my CBE

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"