On the Contrary

Books Shelved

‘When a book or album no longer takes up space, doesn’t it seem less important, less precious?’

That’s Rich!

‘A couple I know earn $236,000 between them, so why are they so deeply in debt? Their problem, in a word, is education’

Reassessing Islam

'I'm newly sympathetic to sane, smart, broad-minded Muslims who have lately been lumped in with the kooks getting all the press'

Truth About Entitlements

'In the 2012 Obama campaign, the future of American "entitlements", Medicare and Social Security, is avoided'

Running Red Lights

'I'm a cyclist, not a cycho. Go ahead, hyperventilate: I jump the red light'

Euro Gonner!

'It is not rational to delight in a eurozone collapse. But the euro has become the supreme icon of all we despise about the EU'

Roadworks Rage

‘London has been ruined by roadworks. Post-2000, this erstwhile beautiful city has looked like Mogadishu’

Measuring Meritocracy

'Two successful sharp cookies marry and bear sharp cookies: voilà, a self-sustaining upper class based not on historical injustice but merit'

NHS? Not Impressed

‘It can’t just be a coincidence that the UK has rubbish colon screening and some of the highest mortality rates for bowel cancer in the Western world’

The “F” Word

‘I honestly don’t know what self-respecting women are supposed to call themselves now that “feminist” has grown so tainted’

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"