Guest Speaker

Germany calling

"After only a few words, we were overcome by hilarity. Conversing in German seemed to us not only comical but also strangely liberating"

Why large charities need more scrutiny

‘Charities operate in a world in which there are too few constraints and checks’

The modern Julien Sorel

‘Pride of place in Emmanuel Macron’s presidential office goes to Le Rouge et le Noir. Does he recognise in himself the characteristics that enabled Julien Sorel to fly so close to the sun before he crashed and burned?’

Stoic salesmanship

‘In today’s courts, Cicero would prevail over Aquinas, who acquitted the Merchant of Rhodes for withholding information from customers’

A new post-Brexit party?

‘The real breaking point after Brexit will lie between a Red Tory and Blue Labour movement against the Lib Dem and Blairite corporatists’

Indifference to intolerance

‘In effect, Waltham Forest Council has colluded in sectarianism for the sake of a quiet life’

Britain’s biggest challenge isn’t Brexit

‘Our biggest political and economic challenge is not Brexit. It is the fact that our growth rate has slowed to a crawl’

Power over the powerful

‘Take away the right to choose what we do with our money and you take away our one tool for making change happen’

Resisting low-tech terrorism

‘Gilles de Kerchove, the counter-terrorism chief of Europol, estimates that there are now more than 50,000 jihadists in Europe — half of them in Britain’

A shopping list for the Tories

‘So often, Conservatives think that retail politics is just an auction of promises that we can never win’

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"