Issue: May 2017

Envoy Sans Pareil

The ambassador of ill-repute, Prince Talleyrand

Jacks High

In the event that Scotland leaves the Union, we need a cunning plan if we are to retain the UK's flag

War On Waugh

Have we become so humourless that we've stopped finding Evelyn Waugh funny?

Mrs May’s Sense Of Direction

"Theresa May’s decision to call a snap general election — just before Standpoint went to press — will surely come to be seen as a stroke of genius."

Brexit Deferred, Labour Saved

‘By calling an election three years before it was scheduled, Theresa May has delayed Brexit and saved Labour and the Liberal Democrats’

The BBC Vs. The Market

‘Addled thinking about the BBC’s status seems to be characteristic of leafy-suburb leftism’

The “B” Word

‘Is it too much to suggest that political wisdom may be quite evenly distributed through the population — even among the poor?’

Overreaching Outrage

‘Society’s rewarding of outrage means we are ever less-inclined to give people what we used to call “the benefit of the doubt”’

South Bank Oberon

The memoir of the National Theatre's former artistic director is absorbing, insouciant and amusing

A Sense Of Englishness

Eric Ravilious and Henry Moore

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
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