An Open Letter to Günter Grass

The attempt by Gunter Grass, who has died at the age of 87, to hide his past as a member of the Waffen SS was a shameful betrayal of his countrymen, and invalidates his life's work

Pauline Maria 1965-2008

A sequence of four new poems

The New Intolerance

The atheists' desire to reject all forms of religion has led to the formation of a new, irrational and intolerant, secular faith

Democracy in Danger: The Origins of European Technocracy

The current fiscal crisis in Europe has already led to an erosion of democracy. Lessons from history need to be learnt — the political role of technocrats must be curbed

Spain and the Conquest of China

China was in its sights, but the Spanish court's dithering meant the nation's conquistadors would never plant their flag on the Middle Kingdom

New Poetry

Four new poems

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens