Issue: November 2019

Conservatives clear the way for Corbynite extremism

‘In 2019, as Britain faces the prospect of its first truly radical left-wing government, Conservatives are nowhere near frightened enough. If they were, they would defend the checks the British constitution and European law place on power ’

Ulster fry

Unionists are threatened by an alliance of Remainers indifferent to the nation state and UK-loathing nationalists

Blackface is evil — why isn’t drag?

‘Why is it unacceptable for white people to dress up as black, but harmless fun when men dress up as women?’

‘Capitalitis’ makes Celts cringe

The United Kingdom is under strain as never before—but the cause is obsessive centralism, not the largely mythical ‘Celtic’ identities

Wokery and zealotry

'You are either awake — aware to the evils of the world and the one true path for dealing with them — or shamefully asleep. There is no room for discussion. You just have to wake up'

Magnum Photos: Sharp shadows

70 years of bravery, frailty, comedy and tragedy, immortalised on streets, railways, beaches and harbours

The myth of ‘meritocracy’

‘Merit' is a sham — paths that used to be available for the middle class have become blocked, and the gap between the one per cent and the rest is ever-widening

William Blake: Method and madness

'The intimacy draws us into Blake’s world; his other-worldly figures begin to make sense in our world and its division, hypocrisy, faithlessness and faithfulness. He plumbs our depths, the worst and the best'

Quandary for a quartet

Which finale for Beethoven’s Op 130 should you pick— cheerful sonata-rondo or a fugue like no other?

Dechristianity by the numbers

'In the US, levels of religiosity are traditionally high. But Americans aren't somehow hard-wired to preserve their faith in a high-tech world. They are just behind the curve'

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"
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