Pax Britannica

'Britain's best hope of renewing and defending Western civilisation is to recognise that the English language has conquered the world without a drop of blood being spilt'

No French Please

Sacre bleu! Why bother learning any French when in France you’ll just be humiliated? Let’s study Mandarin, or Arabic, or Spanish in schools instead.

Lost in Translation

As has been the case for hundreds of years, the appointment of Pope Francis was announced in Latin. But the BBC and Sky News didn't know their quas from their elbows

Why Do Precious Leftists Loathe Tolkien’s Shire?

The author of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit was a great conservative writer


New poetry by Sarah Skwire

“Weary of Silence, Soon Sickened by Words”

Delving into the various linguistic predicaments of Samuel Beckett reveals the beautiful complications of his writings.

Native Tongue-tied

Learning a foreign tongue opens up an entirely new spectrum of cultural rewards, yet state schools are failing to emphasise their importance

Continental Philosophies

Review of The Appointment by Herta Müller; Perlmann's Silence by Pascal Mercier; and The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Flouting (Not Flaunting) the Rules of English

The teaching of grammar should be at the heart of the school syllabus. Without it we are killing intellectual curiosity

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"