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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.'
Has anti-smacking advocacy gone too far?
Miniature paintings suit the modern world — we live in a miniaturised world
The characters in Dickens's novels have voracious appetites — but how did Dickens dine?
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
'My particular bugbear is that inherently redundant phrase “forward planning”. Ever tried ‘backward planning’?'
‘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’
The Outsider's Diary
‘A Speaker with a strong political agenda is a dangerous creature under the Westminster model’
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