Issue: October 2018

The Corbyn Case

"What has alarmed many people is the revelation that the Labour Party is now led by a man who sees no place for a Jewish state and has no time for British Jews who defend such a state"

Decade of Passion

This year's Passion for Freedom exhibition asks: “What is freedom? How do you preserve it? How do you celebrate it?"

Simmel’s selfie

Georg Simmel was prescient: he realised that the freedom to pose as who we like helps in high-pressure mass societies

Amazing grace

William Simmonds was a modest but extraordinary artist, whose reputation rested on his marionettes and puppets

Music fills a void

Why does sacred music remain popular at a time when the Church, its historical home, does not?

Along the rocky road

‘Although Jews like to say that they are exceptionally argumentative, their internal bickering is little different from many other narrow communities’ 

Nazis old and new

‘So far as I know there was only one public statue erected in Europe after the war to commemorate a Nazi. And on a recent visit to Dublin I finally managed to visit it’

Stoic salesmanship

‘In today’s courts, Cicero would prevail over Aquinas, who acquitted the Merchant of Rhodes for withholding information from customers’

The benefits of a free-trade Brexit

‘Theory says that unilateral moves to trade liberalisation ought to benefit countries going down that path. Practice shows that the theory works — free trade is good for the nation that adopts it’

Autumn of discontent

‘A general election this autumn is unlikely, but if it were to happen it would smash both Labour and the Conservatives’

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"