Issue: November 2009

How European are the British?

The writer Piers Paul Read's Catholic vision of the EU confronts the politician David Heathcoat-Amory's Eurosceptic case for Britain as an independent country. The discussion is chaired by Daniel Johnson, the Editor of Standpoint

Music and Modernity

"The prophets of Marxist-inspired modernism are in retreat right across the board. They are perplexed at how the world has gone. Their view has not prevailed, even in modern music. Everything, including our understanding of recent history, is up for grabs."

Anne Bayefsky

This authority on human rights has become a thorn in the side of the UN and a passionate defender of Israel.

Richard Goldstone

The South African judge's Gaza report is just another example of his intensely political attitude to the law

SamCam or Sarah?

Daisy Waugh eavesdrops on the great debate

Making Dramas Out of a Crisis

The sheer scale of the economic meltdown may be too complex to explain on stage — yet

Close Your Eyes and Listen

No Music Day gives us an opportunity to stop and think

A Macabre New Vision of Spain

The influence of religious sculpture on the Golden Age painters suddenly becomes clear

Deliver Us

New Labour have not only eroded our liberty and destroyed the public finances - they've abused the English language too

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"