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Tolerating the intolerant

"For those who thought that a global pandemic would sound the death knell for identity politics, think again"

Breaking a few eggs

"Before anyone had even thought of hen-rehoming as a thing, my mother had become an inadvertent rehomer of escapees from the nearby broiler house"

Supply-chain fragility

‘Without a comprehensive deal, food shortages after Brexit will be far more severe than anything seen during the pandemic’

Diary

‘I have barely worn trousers for five months now. In the Zoom era no-one sees below the fifth button of your shirt. You could get away with wearing nothing at all’

Thousands of new French windfarms — but no reduction in carbon emissions

‘Wind and solar power make it impossible for France to close down its remaining fossil fuel power stations’

A defence of difference

"We seldom hear much about freedom from contemporary social justice activists. They don’t want freedom — freedom would mean taking responsibility for one’s life"

Adult entertainment? Why the normalisation of extreme porn needs to be stopped

‘It seems that there has been no real appetite on the part of police and CPS to pursue prosecutions for rape pornography. Meanwhile, there has been an explosion in the availability of online pornography, and a mainstreaming of forms of violent sex that were once confined to a niche’

Can Keir Starmer save the Labour Party?

‘It is a sign of the speed and sure-footedness of Keir Starmer’s ascendancy that it now seems inconceivable that Labour could have elected anybody else. It is easy to forget that in the aftermath of the election on December 13, some pundits thought he might be crushed by the Corbyn machine’

Home economics

‘Working from home, previously often seen as a luxury to which not many workers had the right, has suddenly become the new normal. With workers across sectors grappling to be productive in the face of the new challenges, the impacts of the new work model are beginning to crystallise’

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"
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