Here’s How Schools are Set Free, Mr Gove

The new Education Secretary's anti-statist revolution must live up to his rhetoric by allowing schools to set their own admissions policies

We Have to be Ready For Anything

The forthcoming defence review must answer our need to be able to face unpredictable threats

History’s Greatest Ponzi Scheme

Politicians sat on their hands as the mighty American economy was sent to its doom. What is to be done to prevent a repeat?

The Healing Power of Forgiveness

A new project allows crime victims to move on — by pardoning those who attacked them

Git Lit, or: Why Old Age is All the Rage

Men are living for longer than ever and their late-life crises provide a rich seam for the novelist to mine

The Maestro Of His Own Fate

A fine new tribute explains why Mahler matters more than ever

Talk is Cheap: Now It’s Time for Action

David Cameron has his hands full keeping his coalition with Nick Clegg going while the country is in crisis. Is he up to the task?

Something Nasty in the Woodshed

Don’t be fooled by the Lib Dems’ moderate image. Nick Clegg’s party harbours some highly illiberal people

This Isn’t the Time to Go All Wobbly

Neither David Cameron nor Barack Obama is interested in foreign affairs. This bodes ill for what's left of the special relationship

Beyond Climate Hubris

An open letter to Chris Huhne calls for a new pragmatic approach to rebuild public trust

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"