Issue: November 2008

Criminal Damage to the Law

The acquittal of Greenpeace activists who vandalised a power station reveals a legal loophole vulnerable to political exploitation

Traditional Gravestones, RIP

In the age of the text-message, British gravestones are becoming less austere

Urbanites Take Leap of Faith

Alternative therapy and made-up pagan rituals find their devotees among supposedly sophisticated city-dwellers

Waltz the Weight Away

British politicians anxious to combat juvenile obesity should learn from China, and rediscover an old dance

Escalating Etiquette

Britons' behaviour on the London Underground escalators shows the country has not yet lost all its charm and civility

How Fair is Fairtrade?

The recession will refocus our financial priorities, and is as good a time as any to reassess the value of Fairtrade products

When Planning Rules Go Batty

The interplay between planning rules and the rights of protected species is the perfect example of legislation having the opposite effect from what was intended

Going West

Cold War geopolitical terminology is obsolete. We need new terms to reflect a changed world

Slavoj Žižek

Jeremy Jennings dissects the work of the fashionable left-wing philosopher, who believes that Lenin, Stalin and Mao were too soft

Leszek Kolakowski

Roger Kimball finds it strange that the author of the most pertinent works on Marxism is so little known

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"