Issue: May 2010

After the Crash: A New Direction for Climate Policy

A radical and pragmatic approach in accelerating the decarbonisation of the global economy is the only way forward

Acts of God

'It was on the road to Pisa that my family and I had our revelation of the fragility of Western civilisation'

The Satirist and the Engineer

Mikhail Tal, the Magician from Riga, goes up against the humourless Mikhail Botvinnik

Geoffrey Hill

The "unabashedly elitist" elegist of England is an ideal candidate for the Oxford Professorship of Poetry

Carol Ann Duffy

The Poet Laureate's verses aren't bad, but have more in common with tabloid headlines than the works of her great predecessors

Party Lines

How's a girl to vote? Daisy Waugh listens in on the great debate

The Ascent of Man

Are humans just the most complex of molecular machines or something qualitatively different?

Old-Stagers Resurrected

Five plays that have stood the test of time get a new airing on the London stage

Wireless: In Thrall to a Despot

The BBC wilfully ignored Corin Redgrave’s paranoid politics and his evil friends

Morris Dancing Around Reality

Another new movie pokes fun at our fear of jihadists. But suicide bombers are not Dad’s Army

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"