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Issue: December 2018 / January 2019
"There was nothing unavoidable about the predicament in which the United Kingdom now finds itself"
"Many of our politicians appear much more at ease when condemning the far Right than they ever are when talking about Islamists"
Why is the UK's growth rate so low and how can we solve the problem?
Off the rails
It's 119 years since the last southbound main line to London was built — will HS2 do any better than the Great Central Railway?
Encores are an adornment to concert life — like a dessert, completing a meal, or an after-dinner mint
Expand and contract
‘If contractionary fiscal policy can be expansionary, could expansionary fiscal policy be contractionary?’
Vienna’s empty streets
‘Walk along any but the main streets of Vienna at any time and you cannot shift the feeling that there just aren’t enough people’
The Outsider's Diary
Damage and disillusion
‘Among large sections of the middle class, the belief in British good fortune and British good sense has vanished. Politically, I cannot see where their anger goes’
Defeat, deal, or no deal?
‘If we know one thing about Theresa May, it is that she always wants to carry on, however bad the outlook’
The Troubles cast a shadow over Brexit
As the controversial prosecution of British soldiers shows, Northern Ireland’s past still has the potential to scupper peace and prosperity
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