Issue: September/October 2019


Contributors for the September/October issue of Standpoint


'It is a common trap to believe that under the Prime Minister’s Etonian brio lie liberal convictions. Experience suggests otherwise. The only thing Johnson consistently stands up for is himself, and on that, he has indeed never compromised'

Financial flaws

‘You do not have to be a radical socialist to admit that since the financial crisis capitalism has failed to deliver the goods’

Emma Sergeant: Studies in untruth

Revealing how portraiture scares subjects who would prefer to be photo-shopped

Taking off

A Brexit poem by Liz Lefroy

Underrated: Bernard Bolzano

The little-known Bolzano formed remarkably modern conceptions of logical truth and probability

Overrated: Ludwig Wittgenstein

The Austrian philosopher and 20th-century genius disabled others and inspired decades of needless self-destruction among his disciples

Listening in

‘It’s just with regard to, like, discussion about anti-Semitism . . . well, I just keep thinking one thing. Why is it always them?’

Levelling the playing field

Questioning the status of history’s ‘most dangerous’ spy

A reckoning for justice

Thomas Grant's "Court Number One" reveals the changing values of the society which the criminal justice system ultimately exists to enforce

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"