Issue: November 2017

Human rights — all things being equal

Two books attempt to tackle the fundamental basis of equality: whence do we derive human rights?

The Trump Doctrine

"There are plenty of precedents for leaders of the free world going it alone"

Not so fast, Nick

Nick Clegg's new book How To Stop Brexit is shrill and bitter, and neglects to mention that his advocacy of the EU has been personally lucrative

Sisters of liberty

A group of nuns have won their case against the Obamacare contraception mandate. But their religious exemption is only required because of the government's encroachment

Ignored no more

David Bomberg was one of the great British artists of the 20th century but was always an outsider and suffered neglect for much of his career

Pilgrims’ progress

The only extant portrait of a Mayflower settler allows insight into individuals still shrouded by obscurity

Resisting low-tech terrorism

‘Gilles de Kerchove, the counter-terrorism chief of Europol, estimates that there are now more than 50,000 jihadists in Europe — half of them in Britain’

See it, say it? Only if slam-dunk

‘The public aren’t told what might constitute suspicious behaviour. But I occasionally ponder the circumstances in which I would report anything’

Making the law

‘The European Court of Justice has a record of deciding cases not in accordance with the wording of treaties and legislation, but with the furtherance of the power of EU institutions’

Could British politics realign?

‘The Macron example has made some former British leaders dream of new alignments’

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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