Issue: September 2009

Berlin: Empty Elections

‘This reunification generation of Germans is sick of coalition government but equally dissatisfied with the alternatives on offer’

Korchnoi: the Veterans’ Veteran

It is Korchnoi's fighting spirit that has enabled him to achieve victory, aged 78, in a young man's game

Thomas Sowell

The American economist, whose broad learning and philosopher's eye bring a sharp clarity to the science, is applauded

Henry Louis Gates

The achievements of an academic in the eye of a very public storm are questionable

Upwardly Immobile

The best way to give working-class children a better chance in life is to offer education vouchers

Swine Flu

Daisy Waugh eavesdrops on the chattering classes

Mock the Nation

Is the BBC trying to appeal to the same audience that watches internet porn?

Playing It Straight

Dorian Gray may be easy on the eye but it fails to create a frisson

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