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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Most of the rules enforced by pedants are pointless or outdated.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
War on Terror
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
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