Issue: May 2019

The voting tightrope

Rather than quoting Lord of the Flies, when asked by journalists as to the political temperature in Parliament, I shall only say "I am Spartacus"

How Australia became Italy with crocodiles

The country is orderly, prosperous and well-governed, but poisonous infighting has resulted in a chaotic prime ministerial merry-go-round

All boys together in Pinterworld

A new production of Betrayal reminds us of the playwright’s insights into male relationships

The plant cure

Botany isn’t about the whimsical world of flower fairies, but clever, entrepreneurial plants that learn to deceive, or which can survive in habitats where no one wants them

Tearing down the culture temples

British arts venues want to become bastions of “inclusivity” at the expense of connoisseurship

A brush with painting’s history

The restoration of great works of art is increasingly being carried out in public before an admiring audience

Norsemen of the apocalypse

Kierkegaard's spirit has never been laid to rest. He is the philosopher of angst and dread: the conscience-stricken companion of modern consciousness

Cold comfort for farmers

A full Brexit would give the UK an opportunity to re-set our relationship with the land and the seas — if the current impasse is resolved so that we are no longer bound by CAP

A book you can safely pass over

The radical Jewdas Haggadah provides a rag-week version of the Passover ceremony for pubescent Marxists

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"