Issue: March 2009

Truth, Freedom and Fear

‘The decision to ban Wilders was the desperate diktat of ministers who have lost sight of the distinction between arbitrary government and the rule of law’

Unholy Mess

The Vatican misjudged the public mood over Richard Williamson, but secular commentators don't understand the idea of excommunication

Sounds Familiar

The common ground between fine poetry and populist political rhetoric is small, and Maya Angelou has not found it

Imaginary Islamist Think-Tanks

Extremists dub themselves 'Directors' of organisations that exist only in name, and the mainstream media swoons

Hero Worship

The film Valkyrie has sparked a debate in Germany about Claus von Stauffenberg's action-hero credentials

Obvious Remedy

The politically correct use euphemism as a means of control, but language itself resists this and fights back

A Friend to All

An abridged version of an address at a memorial service for Rabbi Sidney Brichto, who died on 16 January 2009

Helping Africa Break Free

Aid to Africa is the problem, not the solution, according to Dambisa Moyo, Zambian-born economist and author of Dead Aid. She discusses the issue with Richard Dowden, executive director of the Royal African Society, and Standpoint editor Daniel Johnson

Yes We Keynes!

‘Nowadays, little is heard of Ralph Hawtrey, whereas Keynes is revered as if he were an intellectual pop star’

Goal-hangers and Glory-hunters

‘The banking-football XI would certainly play an unusual formation: no defenders but 11 strikers’

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"