On the Contrary

Conversant in Commerce

'Like so many once pig-ignorant artsy types, I'm now conversant with credit default swaps, bundled securities and derivatives'

Gannet Earth

'Even if it's theoretically possible to sustain 10.2 billion people on the planet, is this what we aspire to as a species?'

Future Shortchanged

‘The UK has exceeded its commitment to cut carbon emissions to 34 per cent by 2020. Under Ed Miliband’s Labour government, balsa wood cars are powered with twisted rubber bands’

Hard Labour

‘If you were a CEO, would you base your company in the United States, with one of the world’s highest corporate tax rates?’

Thought Police

'What’s wrong with murderers is that they murder; not that they hold the wrong views'

Cannes Do Better

‘The writer’s place in a movie is somewhere between the second assistant cameraman and the catering staff’

Rough Justice

‘I do not care whether Osama bin Laden was cowering behind his wife or whether he had a gun. I’m just glad he’s dead’

Heaviest Option

'A fat tax would earn the Treasury £38 billion a year. But it would only raise that much money if it didn't work'

The Aged: “Help!”

‘If you’ve always paid your way in your working life, you’ll pay your way as you die’

Citizen Injustice

‘The acquiescent citizen is always a soft target for lazy, disproportionate policing’

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"