Issue: July/August 2019

Hate-crime hoaxes

‘I’m reasonably satisfied that the increased hate crime widely reported from June 23, 2016, onwards and seized upon by the Remain camp was a classic example of moral panic, and that most of the reports were false’

The £350 million wasn’t a lie — here’s why

‘Was the £350 million claim really a lie? Has our probable future Prime Minister indulged in tabloid-level mendacity?’

Judaism, literary lust—and ‘fat camp’

‘Discovering Judaism has been a profound and fascinating process, from celebrating festivals to the spiritual joy of synagogue’

The war for memory

‘Anniversaries all too quickly become a substitute for clear thoughts about the present. As the victors of the war, for example, we have written our part in its history in rose-tinted ink’

Who is Pride for?

‘A message of liberation has lost out to the more commercially viable demands for inclusion and recognition of ever-more niche identities’

Agencies of disruption

"Heidi Tworek’s shrewd, erudite and timely News from Germany is a work of historical analysis that can also be read as a corrective to the dangerous hysteria over the information games—fake news and all the rest—currently being played over the internet."

Comics plight no laughing matter

An iconic American art form is in crisis thanks to new writers pushing politically-correct storylines

Charisma and catastrophe

"How could one of the most civilised societies on earth become the instrument of a mind of such malice? I confess that my heart sank at the thought of spending any more hours in the company of this personification of radical evil. Yet we cannot wholly avert our eyes"

The meathead diet

The preachy new breed of carnivore

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
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