Issue: January/February 2014

The Enemy Within

Jack Ryan is a modern hero taking on a modern Russia

Playing With The Devil

When should sporting events be boycotted?

Pareto Humanity

The 19th-century Italian's musings on political and economics hold surprising insights into what it is to be human

England’s Dammed Stream Of Poetry

'Good writing, like clear thinking, is very hard to teach or to learn. If the writer has something to say, the words come naturally; if not, no amount of instruction will help.'

Ideas, Please

Far from being 'alien' to young voters, the Conservative party has the scope to become the natural party of the under-25s

Ziggy’s Fall

You’d expect it from David Beckham or Brad Pitt, but doesn’t David Bowie have too much integrity to appear in a Louis Vuitton ad? Apparently not

Papal Pessimist

Pope Francis should level his criticism at socialism and corporatism, not the free market, in his attempt to help the poor

Freedom to Choose

The authors of a report criticising a new law to tackle forced marriage deploy the worst kind of cultural relativism 

Holocaust Amnesia

People who argue that Holocaust Memorial Day is past its sell-by date are wrong. There is still so much to learn from such unprecedented evil

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