Issue: August 2008

It’s Better in Latin

The Aeneid by Vergil, translated by Sarah Ruden

Power Behind the Throne

Burghley: William Cecil at the Court of Elizabeth I by Stephen Alford

Hypocrites are not What They Seem

Political Hypocrisy: The Mask of Power, from Hobbes to Orwell and Beyond by David Runciman

Reconsidering the Nanny State

Both parties believe we need nannying, so let them tell us what kind

The Unfinished Journey of Lionel Trilling

Until recently, it was assumed that Trilling had written only one long fiction, The Middle of the Journey (1947). Now, thanks to Geraldine Murphy we know that Trilling was a third of the way through another novel, begun years earlier

ITV’s Last Gasp

Savaged by a regime that sacrificed quality for cash, the network needs to return to striking and original programmes. Can Michael Grade pull it off, or is ITV’s decline terminal?

Jerusalem: No Via Media for Anglicans

Gafcon's message: that churches must return to the plain meaning of scripture, even at the risk of institutions

La Hague: Recycling the French Model

France's slogan “We may not have any oil, but we have ideas" has proved to be the winning hand when compared with Britain

Bringing the House Down

The playwright Simon Gray died on August 7. Shortly before his death he shared his thoughts on the theatre and much else in a Standpoint Dialogue with The Daily Telegraph's theatre critic Charles Spencer and our editor Daniel Johnson

‘Trafalgar Square, where 45,000 of us had rallied, was full and fun but somehow very tranquil’

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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