Issue: December 2014

Churchill’s commandment

Would a more Churchillian prime minister have reacted more robustly to Russia going rogue?

Minister for what?

Lynne Featherstone is not up to the task

Take a Bow

The hostility in Sino-Japanese relations

Illiberal consensus

The political battleground of New Zealand

Enigma of the East

The inspiration for Trakl's final poem

Our Big Break

What does a sociopathic billionaire read on his private jet?

Foreign Affairs

"Wales was every bit as foreign to my eyes as navigating an archipelago or dropping into a dinghy to visit a frigatebird"

The Met’s Mole

"Could the Metropolitan Police now explain why Bob Lambert was stirring up Muslim audiences against me?"

Europe’s Double Standards

"Federica Mogherini is symptomatic of Europe’s double standards against Israel—she treats other 'occupied territories' quite differently"

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