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Issue: April 2019
The dangers of dog in the manger democracy
There’s no sign anyone in Britain is desperate to eat spaniel — the proposed ban is frivolous and does nothing for animal welfare
A squarer mile
For better or worse, that City has undergone a revolution. Its old guard has been seen off, or paid off
"Amazon’s puff for On Freedom says that Sunstein takes a “pathbreaking” approach to the subject. In fact, confounding ability with freedom is an old mistake"
Why good books could not deter bad leaders
Some of the world’s worst dictators, including Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler, loved great literature. But it did nothing to improve their minds
Music to the ears of the anti-Semitic Left
Radical young Democrats such as Ilhan Omar are rising, while stars from the golden age of Democratic centrism are losing the big-ticket Millennial audience.
Bear with a sore head
"Keir Giles suggests what the West’s policy towards Moscow should look like if it is to be guided by reality rather than hopes or a pretty dream"
Amritsar: beginning of the end of Empire
The true casualty figures are still hotly disputed 100 years after the Punjab massacre, but its real legacy was the slow death of the Raj
An election in India ignites old enemies
While India remains, formally at least, a secular republic, the last few years have seen that ideal become increasingly far from reality
Hero in war, victim in peace
"Airey Neave knew what it meant to fight for freedom, had cheated death many times during the war, and yet he would die a violent death during a time of peace"
The cruel fleecing of our sheep farmers
A disorderly Brexit could be the last straw for a valuable agricultural sector, already under attack from Green activists and government
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"
A tripod in the sky
The view from above