Issue: October 2014

We Told You So

Julie Bindel deserves praise for her readiness to investigate the murkier corners of this country - where civilisation often seems like a bad joke

Dead Wrong

Eugenics in the modern world

Rivers of Babylon

The great provocateur - Joan Rivers

Money Talks

John Lanchester's lesson in financial literacy is blighted by his contempt

Getting On

John Betjeman was a poet who knew how to work society

Major Achievement

Geoffrey Langlands has been deeply committed to education - even in an unstable region

Happy Places

'Glyndebourne - which can feel like travelling a very long way just for a picnic - is often filled for the second act by people taking themost expensive nap it is possible to take'

The Road to Repentance

'There was a waiting room inside for all Speed Awareness miscreants and it resembled a clinic for sexually transmitted diseases'

A Devil’s Pact

'In Syria and Iraq my enemy's enemy is not my friend, not even by the wildest stretch of the imagination'

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"