Issue: January/February 2012

Web Only: The Asymmetry of Racism Awareness

The Church of England's decision not to censure Rev. Stephen Sizer highlights its, and wider society's, reluctance to condemn anti-Semitic bigotry

Books of the Ages

'History books will provide sustenance in the dark months (and even darker times) ahead'

Prophets Without Honours

'It is true that certain faiths, ideologies and cultures make submission the supreme virtue, while the civilisation that emerged from Athens, Rome and Jerusalem has cherished liberty in all its forms'

Toby Young at Heart

'It is only when one tries to do good that one discovers just how many people will try to prevent one's sucess'

Transatlantic Tour

'Backward-leaning leftist populism is on the rise. All the old slogans of the 1980s  — "Tory scum" and so on — are making a return'

Conversant in Commerce

'Like so many once pig-ignorant artsy types, I'm now conversant with credit default swaps, bundled securities and derivatives'

Lax on Tax

'Germans are obsessed with paying taxes - they are affronted by any state with little or not taxation - such as the British Virgin Islands'

Islamist Ignorance

'Muslim anti-Semitism is a phenomenon that embarrasses Western liberal intellectuals and confounds their anti-Israel sentiment'

Crisis Eurozone

'The eurozone shambles has been the worst setback for European integration since the 1940s'

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"