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Issue: December 2011
'Even if it's theoretically possible to sustain 10.2 billion people on the planet, is this what we aspire to as a species?'
On the Contrary
McGuinness Time Out
'Speaking of the Tea Party and other he dislikes, George Soros refers to "powerful and well-financed special interests". I do a double-take'
The Outsider's Diary
Our columnist overhears protests about the protesters on the steps of St Paul's
'Lady Hale argues persuasively that diversity in its widest sense should be regarded as essential for appointments to the Supreme Court'
Sanity in Numbers
'The 166 countries outside the EU are at peace even though they do not belong to the EU or enjoy the benefits of the single currency'
Africans and Cannots
'It may be premature to celebrate the fall of Gaddafi, especially since the National Transitional Council has introduced sharia'
The euro's life began in doubt and has ended in crisis; thank god we never threw our pound into the pot
Best of Enemies
'The message is clear. The world can stop Iran getting nuclear weapons until the spring. After that, Israel might'
Points East & West
Harriet Harman's obsession with female-only quotas would only stricture the free market and ignores the realities of successful business
In Kalkan, Turkey, the British tourists that fall for dubious property bargains have only their poor taste to blame
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