Issue: September 2009

Booking a Place in History

The publisher George Weidenfeld has died at the age of 96. In 2009, he looked back at an eventful life and forward to his vision of the future in a dialogue with historian Andrew Roberts and the editor of Standpoint, Daniel Johnson.

Lisieux, France: Relics of Thérèse

The veneration of saint's relics largely died out after the Reformation, but the bones of one 19th-Century nun inexplicably attract millions of pilgrims from around the world today

South Africa: The ANC’S Health Lesson for Obama

Health care reform is one of the hardest things in politics. If Obama may be heading for defeat or a bloody draw, this is nothing compared to what awaits the ANC as it attempts to force through its National Health Insurance scheme.

Liberty Hall

Free Word works to protect and promote free expression in a number of languages

Educating Young Hugo

Our Mole in private tuition explains why business is booming

A Battle that Must be Won

‘What do Muslim women want? It is not for a non-Muslim man to say. But I can confidently say what most of them do not want’

Worth the Risk

‘If the regulators, in their zeal, try to destroy risk, they will spark a deflationary disaster’

A Supreme Choice

‘Was Britain's new Supreme Court created by accident on 12 June 2003?’

The Home Front

‘What's the point of waging a war thousands of miles away when you cringe before our own Taliban?’

Resolutely Regressive

‘I know the Cameroons would like to forget Margaret Thatcher but that really doesn’t mean the rest of us have done so’

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"