Issue: May/June 2020

Music’s in the house

Rappers have found a role in lockdown: chronicling coronavirus with topical tunes. Most people, though, are rushing to the safety of the past

Close of play

Facing a summer without cricket

Why T.S. Eliot still matters

His contemporaries’ reputations have diminished. But Eliot’s has grown: he is the poet who shows us what can be saved from the ruins

The point of church

‘Justin Welby’s edict went beyond what Downing Street sought in its social-distancing policies. Ministers had supposed churches might find safe ways to remain open. They were surprised the C of E was so eager to shut shop completely. It was as if bishops wanted to prove themselves obedient ink-monitors of the governing class’

The future is beige

As white ethnic minorities fall in population share, their polarisation increases. We need a deeper conversation

A European tragedy

‘No frightened rabbit could be more petrified than the European Union, for the Covid-19 crisis has hammered all its weakest points: its democratic deficit, the fragility of its solidarity, and—most dangerous of all—the inherent faults in its financial and economic structure’

The mark of an educated mind

Schooling underpinned by critical thinking is the bedrock of civilisation. It could save us from today’s infantilised discourse

Will the green agenda be killed off by the pandemic?

‘Will the green agenda be killed off by the longer-term coronavirus recovery? Or might the closure of so much business, and the cleaner air that results from planes not flying and factories not working, give us extra years to gain control of our environment?’

No sex please, we’re Japanese

Japan’s population shrinks by half a million every year. Is it already too late to reverse this decline?

Big Brother is watching you

In Dark Mirror, by journalist Barton Gellman, we have a ringside seat on the extraordinary few months which led to the Edward Snowden data breach

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"