Issue: June 2013

ONLINE ONLY: A Lost Way of Life

Adam Nicolson's Gentry is a superb survey of the 600-year rise and fall of a class of landed Englishmen

Bernard Hailstone: The Artist And His Sitter

In 1945, Bernard Hailstone painted my father, the journalist Louis Heren, in the Burmese jungle. This is the story of their long friendship

Royal Age Concern

The monarchy is in rude health but increased longevity could paradoxically spell the end of royal rule

Trudeau Nouveau

The Leader of the Canadian opposition is a lightweight liberal fantasy. If he were to become PM his lack of resolve would be disastrous


I taught English in Poland in the 1960s and can safely say there were virtually no Communists in the country

Rude Britannia

The UK Border Agency's woeful inefficiency means that visa applicants are stuck in the country, without a passport and unable to work, for months on end

Walking With Maggie

Mrs Thatcher often went on an after-dinner walk and she asked me to accompany her on several occasions. Years later, to my delight, she remembered these strolls

High Five

Against all the odds Standpoint has survived and flourished. This month, thanks to our readers, writers and supporters, we celebrate our fifth birthday

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"