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’

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"