Issue: December 2011

Gannet Earth

'Even if it's theoretically possible to sustain 10.2 billion people on the planet, is this what we aspire to as a species?'

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'

Protest Wrongs

Our columnist overhears protests about the protesters on the steps of St Paul's

Essential Merit

'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'

Racing Certainty

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'

Picking Losers

Harriet Harman's obsession with female-only quotas would only stricture the free market and ignores the realities of successful business

Lost Property

In Kalkan, Turkey, the British tourists that fall for dubious property bargains have only their poor taste to blame

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"