The Cowardice Of John Le Carré

As the BBC version of The Night Manager shows, the novelist has become his own tribute band

Flogging A Dead Degree

Universities are misselling careers in ‘industries’ that have no jobs to offer. How long before the scandal breaks?

Is There A Right Way To Write?

Most of the rules enforced by pedants are pointless or outdated. But here are a few that may be useful

Mutant Prawns And Loopholes

Direct funding, not tax breaks to be exploited by accountants, is the best way for government to help the arts

Censoring The Censors Won’t Do

Now a play about Islamic State has been cancelled, we can’t question its director’s dubious assumptions

The Age Of Cult Politics

New media technologies allow us to listen only to those we agree with. Journalists must fight that tendency

Theft And Lies In Vienna

Having stolen a Klimt masterpiece, the Nazis could only show it if they hid the Jewish identity of its subject

The Reality Of Radicalisation

Deeyah Khan’s groundbreaking documentary on British jihadists
will satisfy neither Left nor Right

Predictable Pot-Shots At Auntie

The stifling right-wing press has adopted a cultish refusal to publish one good word about the BBC

Civic Nationalism Or Mob Rule?

Scottish nationalism has destroyed civility north of the border, putting journalists in the firing line

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"