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

Rural bliss

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

Laura Freeman’s 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"

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

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens