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Issue: January/February 2014
A painting by 19th-century social chronicler Honore Daumier reveals the synthetic outrage and hypocrisy of Bob Crow et al over the third-class-carriage proposals
In Walton’s Footsteps
The second-most frequently reprinted book in the English language is a 350-year-old fishing manual set in a bucolic Tottenham. Haringey never looked so good
The Write Stuff
Is it ever worth the trouble reading journalism whose politics you fundamentally disagree with?
Is George Gorgeous?
Do you fancy the Chancellor?
'To go without beer for a day is a small inconvenience which adds a suitable solemnity to the business of democracy'
The Outsider's Diary
'The current talk of deflation refutes the claims of the quantitative easing alarmists. They were wrong'
'Since my return from Bali, I have experimented with an accommodative tranquillity on a bicycle that makes my journey not only more pleasant but probably safer'
On the Contrary
Letting The Right Ones In
'How hospitable will Germans be now that travel restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians have been lifted?'
The Rouhani Delusion
'Thanks to sanctions, the West was winning the race against a nuclear Iran. There is a good chance now that Iran will be the victor'
Points East & West
Mandela and Mrs T
'Although Mandela is an incomparably more important figure than Princess Diana, the process by which the real person is replaced by a fantasy is no more edifying this time'
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"
A tripod in the sky
The view from above