Issue: December 2009

Soppy Sop

Our justice system suffers from a sentimental preoccupation with legally irrelevant testimony to victims' personalities

Stand By Them

Iran's Green Movement has extended its hand, fist unclenched, to America. Why will Obama not take it?

Sovereign State

It will be an unmitigated disaster if the Conservative Party doesn't honour its commitment to a Sovereignty Act

An Ill Wind

I'd rather have a meatier, hotter and smellier world then give up beefy pleasures in order to reduce cow flatulence

Should We Know About our Leaders’ Health?

Three Prime Ministers in the 20th century had historically important illnesses before they assumed office — Winston Churchill, Clement Attlee and Anthony Eden. To what extent did their ill health affect their policy decisions?   

New Verse

Poems extracted from the libretto of The Lovely Ladies, a short "operatic entertainment" on the subject of wine

Vaclav Klaus

The Czech President maintains a measured opposition to global warming alarmism

Al Gore

The former US Vice-President is becoming increasingly hysterical about climate change

Party Lines

No sex please, we're British parents, Daisy Waugh hears

Tragedy of a Modest Master

A world championship match, held 100 years ago next month, may have been partly responsible for the loser's death

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"