Issue: January/February 2014

First-Class Humbug

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?

Delhi’s Delights

'To go without beer for a day is a small inconvenience which adds a suitable solemnity to the business of democracy'


'The current talk of deflation refutes the claims of the quantitative easing alarmists. They were wrong'

Easy Rider

'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'

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'

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'

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"