Issue: December/January 2016/17

No Surprises

"After a year such as this, even shocks now fail to surprise"

It Was A Very Good Year

"After the Brexit vote I was thrilled by the feeling of being on the right side of history"

The Future Is Orange

"If this man makes America great again, I will eat a sombrero"

Let The Pound Fall Further

"The UK has had an overvalued currency since monetarism became the fashion in the 1970s"

America, Europe and Standpoint

"The president-elect deserves the benefit of the doubt"

Reality Check For Opec

Donald Trump says he wants the US to be energy-independent. Opec should take heed

Golden Gogol

Gogol's The Nose is mesmerisingly surreal

Mounting Outrage

A recent resolution passed by Unesco denies the Jewish significance of the Temple Mount

Job Satisfaction

We should encourage more young people to take up apprenticeships, not force them into universities

A Light Dimmed

The war poet Leslie Coulson has been undeservedly forgotten

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