Issue: September 2016

The Nelson Touch

"In her first two months on the bridge, Theresa May has skilfully steered the ship of state away from hazardous Continental rocks and into the open sea"

Summer Salvoes

"Theresa May’s safe pair of hands seems a great blessing after the vacuum Cameron and Osborne left us in"

Bad King Wenceslas

"Jean-Claude Juncker is not the first Luxembourger to imagine he can dictate the future of Europe"

Party Crashers

"It’s my Labour Party, Mr Corbyn, and I’ll cry if I want to"

Friedman’s Fancy

"Friedman’s “helicopter money” was designed as a thought experiment to stimulate the imagination — not the real British economy. He was joking"

Do Svidaniya, Olga!

The hearty icons of Soviet womanhood have vanished

Jolly Jack

J.B. Priestley was known to the public as as a grumpy old man, but that was just a mask

Poetry Prospers

The anthology Hwaet! proves poetry is alive and thriving at the Ledbury Poetry Festival


The Black Lives Matter movement recently disrupted traffic in the UK — but to what avail?

Debunking the EU Referendum Myths

Several major misconceptions about how Brexit came about have taken hold. Here is why they are wrong — and what really happened

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