Issue: July/August 2018

Trump, Merkel and Brexit

"At the time of writing it is Mrs Merkel, rather than Mr Trump, whose authority is falling away"

Bloody scandal

In the 1970s and ’80s, the NHS treated haemophiliacs with contaminated blood-clotting products. The public inquiry into that scandal is only just being set up

Tsar’s last huzzah

One hundred years ago, Edwardian England unwittingly hosted both the Romanovs and their future killers

An American Turner?

The National Gallery exhibition shows that Thomas Cole, like Turner and John Martin, was a visionary and a pictorial dramatist

Past imperfect

"Before the screening, I made bold to ask the audience not to refrain from laughter. They were nice enough to obey my incitement"

The graveyard of communism

"Before many more decades are out these mementos will follow the ideology they so fervently sought to commemorate"

What would it take to derail Brexit?

‘Theresa May is committed to implementing Brexit, believing that any reversal of this policy would destroy the Conservative Party once and for all’

Indifference to intolerance

‘In effect, Waltham Forest Council has colluded in sectarianism for the sake of a quiet life’

Irish realities

‘A new book on Brexit illustrates our great problem with Ireland: our ignorance of its self-pity’

Refugees are big business for the UN

In Nairobi, there is resentment that asylum-seekers are treated better than local people

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"