Issue: November 2011

Online Only: Back to the USSR

To its shame the international community has acquiesced in the Kremlin's mafia-style state capitalism. This appeasement stifles any chance of democratic progress

Mission Creep

Rory Stewart's new book Can Intervention Work? wants to help politically unstable nations but doesn't know which way to turn

Official Complaint

Immigration officials may be fearsome but they act as no deterrent against illegal immigrants

The Bores Have It

A new book on election reform forgets the fact that voters did not want AV

Good Copy

The Independent's new masthead is a little too close to home for Standpoint

The Coptic Kristallnacht

'The Arab Spring must not be allowed to degenerate into one huge pogrom from Tripoli to Tehran'

Party Lines

Our columnist listens to the ongoing debate about human rights

Sold out

‘The madness of the education debate has reached a point where NUT members would prefer to see a school building sold to a capitalist developer rather than see a free school succeed’

Foxy Knoxy and Fox in the Dock

‘One thing bothers me. Why were the papers that used to support the Conservatives so eager to turn on Liam Fox?’

Future Shortchanged

‘The UK has exceeded its commitment to cut carbon emissions to 34 per cent by 2020. Under Ed Miliband’s Labour government, balsa wood cars are powered with twisted rubber bands’

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