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March 2019
"What the years since the Brexit referendum have shown is what happens when political leaders are forced to implement a decision which they do not believe in and do not understand: they make a hash of it"
 
 
March 2019
‘Something in the world of literature we start off reading shows us a world which while sometimes scary is nevertheless still safe’
 
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March 2019
‘If it were true that “isolation costs jobs, costs growth, costs people’s livelihood”, New Zealand ought to be the poorest nation on the planet, and Australia shouldn’t be far behind’
 
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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
 
 
March 2019
‘Under Trump, the US has lost its ability to conduct statecraft: in North Korea it has made a dangerous situation worse’
 
 
March 2019
"After only a few words, we were overcome by hilarity. Conversing in German seemed to us not only comical but also strangely liberating"
 
 
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"
 
 
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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March 2019
Meat substitutes, previously the stuff of science fiction, are growing in popularity
 
 
February 2019
‘There is nothing comfortable or comforting about modern British history’
 
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March 2019
It is indeed possible to eat well in Scotland
 
 
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’
 
 
February 2019
‘At some stage, someone, somewhere made the utterly catastrophic decision to allow anyone CC’d on an email to REPLY ALL’
 
 
March 2019
‘Will the Independent Group break the mould of British politics? The odds must be against it, but perhaps they are not as poor as they first look’
 
 
March 2019
"At last, I am no longer Brexit tribeless. I admit it feels both exciting and strange"
 
 
February 2019
The ancient Assyrians deserve to be remembered for being pioneering builders and engineers
 
 
March 2017
The ascendancy of machine over man
 
 
December/January 2016/17
A vintage volume of wine essays is worth savouring
 
 
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 2015
Despite everything, the BBC is still one of our great cultural forces
 
 
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"