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July/August 2015
'The story of Cain and Abel, like so many others in the Hebrew Bible, expresses a profound truth about human nature.'
 
 
July/August 2015
‘Is the transformation of Kim Jong-un into an ugly minor celebrity, whom everyone can laugh at, our way of coping — or a demonstration of a barbarous flippancy?’
 
 
July/August 2015
‘It is tempting to pretend that the mayhem unleashed by the Arab Spring will somehow not affect us. It will. It already does’
 
 
July/August 2015
‘The letter of protest to the Guardian from 79 left-wing economists might indicate that the Keynesians are losing the argument’
 
 
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
 
 
July/August 2015
‘Trigger warnings are not merely tools for censoring febrile material for the few, but a complaint about the dominance of Western thought'
 
 
June 2015
‘After 2010, the Liberal Democrats got steadily stronger on foreign policy, a field in which their polyglot leader was visibly comfortable’
 
 
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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April 2015
‘Occasionally one reads of an incident in this great metropolis so awful, so disturbing, that just for a moment one’s mental moorings are shaken’
 
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July/August 2015
‘I’m generally found still tapping in the wings before I make my entrance, more Rain Man than Birdman’
 
 
July/August 2015
The Hemsley sisters are well-meaning but their food treats people like fragile invalids
 
 
July/August 2015
There is a link between a great Jewish musical and the search for a historic mathematical proof
 
 
July/August 2015
How China took to the Western game of chess
 
 
July/August 2015
The political implications of prosecco versus a pint
 
 
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