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Issue: May 2012
As Robert S. Leiken argues in his brilliant new book, Britain's lost confidence in nationhood has made it the centre of European jihadism
A New Yorker Writes
Bouquets and Barbed Wire
Just Send Me the Word
conveys the enduring love of a couple whose incarceration in Stalin's gulags couldn't suppress
Truths Stranger Than Fiction
Lionel Shriver's new novel brilliantly describes the problems of on-the-spot reportage, a journalistic difficulty negotiated deftly in two recent books about The Troubles
Ruth Dudley Edwards
Never a Dull Verse
Clive James's new collection of poetry looks at his past but is far from mournful nostalgia; it celebrates his eventful life
The Silence of the Intellectuals
'The intelligentsia ignored the irruption of religious fanaticism into domestic British politics. In the face of these foes of civilisation, silence is the worst form of cowardice'
The Catholic Church
The Church of England
'Charitable income will suffer from the Budget, as the Treasury knows'
'Surely tax avoidance is perfectly legal? Not when you are a multinational corporation operating in the third world, it seems'
Vinyl Revival Causes Discord
The resurrection of the LP pleases romantics but it risks dividing the classical music community
Labour’s Losing Legacy
'New Labour's top brass doesn't live on council estates, but it might have the decency to check the impact its policies have had on the UK labour market'
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"
A tripod in the sky
The view from above