Issue: July/August 2009

ONLINE ONLY: Black Russian

‘Russians think about blacks, Jews and women in the way Europeans did a generation ago’

Ken Loach

The grand old man of hard-Left cinema is treated as a national treasure. But his bigoted propaganda is stuck in the 1960s

Joseph Losey

It is right to celebrate the centenary of the great American director, whose politics never overshadowed his films

Monsieur Flaubert, C’est Moi!

The Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk acknowledges his debt to Gustave Flaubert

Vote for Fun

The average Sicilian's attitude to the European elections sheds light on our relationship with our own politicians

Rural Beef

People in the countryside feel neglected and unrepresented, and it's time for this to change

German Lessons

Politicians like Boris Johnson should look to Berlin for inspiration when devising education policies

Grand Old Mess

The future looks bleak for the Republican Party, unless they can find someone with conviction to fill the leadership void

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