Theodore Dalrymple

The anthropology of the British litterbug

A determination to destroy beauty lies behind the ghastly British love affair with rubbish dumping

The thought police take over the surgery

The message from medical journals is that the NHS is beyond criticism and reformers are motivated by economic self-interest

The rise of the indelibly-illustrated everyman

Tattoo art is becoming alarmingly skilled and prevalent. What does its ascent from the marginalised to the middle classes signify?

The lasting worth of ‘worthless’ books

Nothing written is utterly without value, as I proved to myself by reading two random works

The Doctor’s infinite wisdom

"Samuel Johnson's Rasselas is calculated to destroy the illusions of dreamers"

On The Shelf

Books in our culture have been tragically downgraded

ONLINE ONLY: What’s the Difference Between Heroin and Cigarettes?

With heroin addicts, doctors focus on harm reduction—why don't they do the same with smokers?

ONLINE ONLY: Will Shale Gas Save the British Economy?

A tax windfall from fracking in the North East would merely delay the inevitable day of reckoning for a bloated public sector

ONLINE ONLY: A Healthcare System Suffocated by Bureaucrats

Jeremy Hunt claims events at Stafford Hospital were a betrayal of the principles of the NHS. In fact, they were their apotheosis

The Admirable Criterion

A new collection of Roger Kimball's literary and cultural criticism places him in the exalted company of Augustine Birrell and Walter Bagehot

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"