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

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

Brotherly and sisterly love

André and Simone Weil were two sides of the same coin: impatient; determined; brilliant; attracted to ancient wisdom and ideas

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

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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