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September 2018
"V.S. Naipaul is an irreparable loss, but his astonishingly rich and varied corpus of works will live on to nourish the hearts and minds of posterity"
 
 
September 2018
‘Every day this summer marked another development in the moral death of the Labour Party’
 
 
September 2018
‘Trump’s fiscal largesse will expand the US’s external deficits at just the same time that the tariff increases are supposed to be reducing them’
 
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June 2013
‘Temporarily withdrawing from the human rights convention in order to deport Abu Qatada would be absurd’
 
 
March 2014
Abortion is a subject which never goes away and the arguments remain fundamental — a woman's right to choose versus a child's right to life, as each side would advance their case. And yet the technical and clinical
 
 
September 2018
‘The real breaking point after Brexit will lie between a Red Tory and Blue Labour movement against the Lib Dem and Blairite corporatists’
 
 
May 2015
"The Humboldt Forum is a spectacular idea. But it will take the right intellectual architect to pull it off. We will have to trust Neil MacGregor"
 
 
September 2018
‘Like a strict dress code, or refined form of dance, the myriad rules of ancient versification prove to be liberating’
 
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January/February 2011
Life in Birmingham as a vicar’s wife opened our Mole’s eyes to what has become of Britain’s second city
 
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November 2015
‘You cannot measure the success of a city by the number of coffee chains it can support’
 
 
December/January 2016/17
"If this man makes America great again, I will eat a sombrero"
 
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September 2018
Snails, wine and history in northern Burgundy
 
 
September 2018
‘What is the basis for Owen Jones's claim that the Tories are trying to rig the next election?’
 
 
September 2018
Going in search of Indian food in India — in vain
 
 
September 2018
‘The Vidia Naipaul I knew was friendly, warm-hearted (not quite the same as kind-hearted), curious, responsive, humorous (and able to laugh at himself), convivial, mischievous, never hypocritical’
 
 
March 2017
The ascendancy of machine over man
 
 
July/August 2018
‘Arabic’ numerals came to Europe from India — but ancient Sumerians invented them
 
 
December/January 2016/17
A vintage volume of wine essays is worth savouring
 
 
July/August 2015
Despite everything, the BBC is still one of our great cultural forces
 
 
April 2014
It gets to the point doesn't it — where you're trying to "do the right thing", whatever that may be. Lead a decent, middle-class life — and yet somehow whatever you do, it's morally wrong. You know? It's
 
 
July/August 2011
 
 
April 2016
"Far from being the harbinger of a more transparent and law-abiding Iran, the Zanjani trial is just an attempt to settle scores"