Issue: January/February 2013

ONLINE ONLY: What’s the Difference Between Heroin and Cigarettes?

With heroin addicts, doctors focus on harm reduction—why don't they do the same with smokers?


The Pleasure of Thinking is a window on the eclectic library and well-oiled mind of Theodore Dalrymple

ONLINE ONLY: Will Shale Gas Save the British Economy?

A tax windfall from fracking in the North East would merely delay the inevitable day of reckoning for a bloated public sector

ONLINE ONLY: A Healthcare System Suffocated by Bureaucrats

Jeremy Hunt claims events at Stafford Hospital were a betrayal of the principles of the NHS. In fact, they were their apotheosis

Brutally Frank

Canada's Frank Marshall didn't succeed in conquering the world of chess, but his aggressive tactics were universally feared

England’s Forgotten Symphonist

A long time blacklisted by the snobbish BBC, George Lloyd is the greatest English symphonist you've never heard of

Culture Wars

'Under the dictatorship of relativism, culture has often been debased to mean almost anything'

Tonson’s Tonic

Jacob Tonson the Elder published Milton and found paradise in his very own English vineyard

Underrated: Martin Gilbert

A tribute to a great historian, whose range of achievements dwarfs those of his academic critics

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"