Issue: June 2013

A Party Overrun by Lads and Libertines

The dearth of women at the top of the party and a laid-back approach to sex has left the Lib Dems open to accusations of sleaze and sexism

The Myth of Cameron’s Etonian ‘Chumocracy’

Seen as more patrician than ever, the Tories in the Coalition Cabinet are less wealthy and privileged than under any previous government

Hapless Hollande’s French Farce Flops

‘Hollande’s ministers are falling out among themselves and criticism from his left-wing allies is getting ever more strident’

Here Lie the Remains of Tory Modernisation

Cameron has failed to detoxify the party and Conservatives are panicking before the reckoning that awaits them in 2015

Forget ‘Islamophobia’. Let’s Tackle Islamism

Sayeeda Warsi prioritises anti-Muslim attitudes but ignores the real threat to Western society posed by radical Islamists

Neoconservatism: A Good Idea That Won’t Go Away

Critics like to think that neoconservative ideas lie buried in the sands of Iraq. But neocons are still in the mainstream of US politics

Have You Heard the One About Auschwitz?

Far more than an exercise in oy-veying and kvetching, the Jewish joke is a vital strategy for survival in a bleak and hostile world

Cameron’s Too Late To Tame the UKIP Tiger

The UK Independence Party has long been derided by the political elite, but it is now strong enough to do without deals and go it alone

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"