Issue: March 2020

Labour plays the blues

Restoring the party’s working-class roots means battling Boris Johnson—and the tide of history

Clouds of war and strategic delusions

Britain’s strategic outlook requires realism about the kind of conflicts we are prepared and willing to fight

Extremism gives us little reason to laugh

Woke politics offers conservative satirists an easy target, but the results neither sparkle nor shock

UK should wrong-foot Scottish ultras

Delaying another independence referendum may prove fatal. Better for No. 10 to lance the boil now and re-think the Union

Nato—time to wake up or shut down

Faced with a resurgent and objectionable Russia, and a transactional US, Nato must urgently transform for the new age

A farce eclipses a crime

Republicans exploited historical ignorance to kill impeachment

New poetry

"Reader, there never was a choice. The air between these pages is sucked out each time we watch her go"

Letters: confronting antisemitism; trans athletes; immigration and the hostile environment

Frederic Raphael on antisemitism; why trans women athletes hardly ever win; legal language and immigration

Search engine: why Germany’s foreign policy flounders

Europe’s economic colossus is crippled by identity politics and self-obsession. It exports instability

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