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Issue: February 2018
Freedom vs. fatalism
“Civilisation” implies so much that defies definition, but is instantly recognisable. So here is an attempt to illustrate by a literary example what seems to us to be worth defending
Although nature is not built for man, the pleasures it affords are instinctive and infinite. The beauty of the natural world transcends that of any urban space
School sex ordeals
Sexual harassment is happening in schools and universities across the country. With all our concern about victims of the past, let's not overlook the present
A demon banished
The Reading Cure
is a miraculous memoir — both a compendium of learning lightly worn and a record of her recovery from anorexia
Better late . . .
What’s the best way to avoid embarrassment when turning up to a party prematurely? Tissot addressed the problem in his painting "Too Early"
Doom merchants of Davos
"Does economic punditry have to be akin to horror films? The last six years have been the most stable in the past four decades"
Shame on Mayor Khan
"Imagine if Boris Johnson had insulted Angela Merkel. Imagine that it wasn’t even a gaffe. Imagine if he had actually campaigned to stop her coming to London"
The Outsider's Diary
Will the Lords delay Brexit?
"We may well witness the spectacle of Jacob Rees-Mogg making the case for scrapping or weakening the House of Lords, while the Corbynistas uphold its legitimacy"
Capitalist rebirth of Hoxha’s hellhole
Tirana, capital of Albania, has been transformed — a bustling, revitalised city, far from the repressive dictatorship of the past
The Brexit cringe — Mrs T would say ‘No!’
If Britain is to regain the freedom of a sovereign nation state, Theresa May must get up off her knees and if necessary leave without a deal
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
John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens