Edouard Manet’s virtuosity in painting the human form is unsurpassed—and highly original

From beneath Berlin’s streets archeaologists have unearthed a reminder of Nazi oppression

The Norwich North by-election certainly looks like a bye-bye election for Labour. Obviously whichever party is elected to run the country next year is going to make massive spending cuts and it’s clear that there’s no alternative. The question is whether they’ll cut the things we can do without, and not the things we can’t. Pardon me for being cynical, but the chances are that the layers of insane bureaucracy will stay because that’s where the people implementing the cuts will be – so we’re in danger of  losing the baby instead of the bathwater. Here is one personal plea to David Cameron: for God’s sake do not slash our arts.