Open Season

Christmas can be a bleak time of year. While some feel isolated, others are overwhelmed by the need for a perfect family Yuletide when their reality is different

‘When I was at the BBC, the cliché was that we left our politics at the door. It appeared not to need saying that other aspects of your personal identity should also be left at the door’

‘You have to prove you have the knowledge/expertise/ experience to be allowed to step outside your own culture. To whom, I wonder, do you have to prove this?’

‘Female and male bodies differ in many ways that make the best women uncompetitive with even mediocre men’

‘A message of liberation has lost out to the more commercially viable demands for inclusion and recognition of ever-more niche identities’

‘Once social media entities become publishers, any political bias already present will be baked in’

‘It wasn’t difficult to persuade my son that academic life had lost its attractions’

‘The great classical economists all thought that economic growth would eventually cease. The prediction seems to be coming true’

‘Under Trump, the US has lost its ability to conduct statecraft: in North Korea it has made a dangerous situation worse’

‘London does not need a new Holocaust memorial in the shadow of Parliament. It already has a very moving one in Hyde Park’