Issue: February 2019

A lasting legacy

'It is generally a bad idea for a magazine to spend too much time talking about itself. But this month is an exception.'

Smack down

Has anti-smacking advocacy gone too far?

Little Britain

Miniature paintings suit the modern world — we live in a miniaturised world

Glorious food

The characters in Dickens's novels have voracious appetites — but how did Dickens dine?

Peer review

There's nothing to stop us bringing back hereditary peerages — reflecting lifetimes of success rather than political cronyism

Farewell to arms

The Army is short of new recruits, but retention of personnel is a much bigger problem

Going backward

'My particular bugbear is that inherently redundant phrase “forward planning”. Ever tried ‘backward planning’?'

Corduroy compliments

‘Conservatives are forever on the back foot, even when the government does something good’

Living through history

‘Ordinarily, the public should flay this political class at the next available chance. But our options seem deeply limited’


‘A Speaker with a strong political agenda is a dangerous creature under the Westminster model’

Underrated: Abroad

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"