Issue: May 2010

Trevor-Roper and Gibbon: A Tale of Two Historians

Hugh Trevor Roper was the greatest historical stylist of the 20th century. Yet he never produced a masterpiece to rival that of his great hero and predecessor, Edward Gibbon

Libel Flaws

'At a stroke, the Lord Chief Justice and two senior judges tipped the balance in favour of writers in a libel case'

Collecting Debt

'Britain’s national debt, which was under control in the 15 years to 2008, is likely to peak at above 100 per cent of national income by 2014 or 2015'

Coming to America

'Should we treat assimilation not as a taboo subject but as an opportunity?'

UN Non-Resolutions

'Because of all the procrastination, crippling or biting sanctions will not be imposed on Iran'

Web of Terror

'The Chechen Islamists who struck Russia in March have discovered the benefits of going viral on the internet'


'DIY is a way of life and a point of view. I have the highest regard for manual competence'

Untrue Blue

'If fewer of us feel tribal about politics, it is because the parties have been disloyal to the country'

Dissing the Disabled

Legislation to protect people from disability hate crime will never solve the whole problem; we need to believe in the spirit of the law

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"