Issue: December 2010

Party Lines

Eavesdropping on the great debate about torture

Cycle Ire

‘I sympathise with London motorists who are exasperated with massive packs of cyclists’

Sex in the Flower Beds

We over-humanise animals while underestimating plants. But it’s the latter that do all the work for us

An Adult Movie for Grown-ups

The once-reviled Peeping Tom has been re-released into a world where torture and porn barely register

The New Protestant Work Ethic

"To keep entire communities in enforced idleness is to exclude them from full participation in humanity"

Blackburne the Rover

A hard-drinking, physically violent workaholic, Joseph Blackburne was the master of the simultaneous display

No Crying Matter

Men Should Weep is not worthy of the talents of the National. The Rivals, however, is blessed relief

Keane Goes Back to Basics

The BBC correspondent may have launched ‘emotional journalism’ but he has returned to reportage

Historical Hyperbole

‘Historical analogies provide us with a route through a chaotically frightening present’

(Not so) Great Britain

‘A country that used to rule the waves now cannot even fit an aircraft-carrier with aircraft. We have to share with the French’

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