Issue: March 2018

Five poems

Five new poems from Rebecca Alexander

Five poems

Five new poems from Spain by Fiona Pitt-Kethley

Time to stand up to Berlin

"All but ready to give up in despair, our opinion-formers wallow in recrimination and blame"

The animal vote

Animal welfare is a political open goal — and Brexit is a one-off chance to establish better standards in the UK

Numbers game (contd.)

The Monty Hall problem requires clear, unbiased thinking as new information comes in

My private Paris

Get a gallery to yourself in Paris: pick an unfashionable country or a passed-over period

A new Europe calls

There is a rare breed who go to Germany in February: we love to overheat in flagstoned, candle-lit Weinstuben, and freeze in baroque churches and sudden blizzards

Holding on to our heroes

‘Why does a nation still admire people like the heroes of Dunkirk who — so far as I can see — they in no way still aspire to become?’

Corbynite contradictions

‘There is a contradiction at the heart of the Corbynite appeal. Their politics is Bennism without Tony Benn’

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