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Volume 37 Number 11
4 June 2015

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Brodsky among Us

25 May 2015

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The Migration Business

25 May 2015

Thomas Jones
A Headteacher Writes

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Am I Napoleon?

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23 April 2015

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Magna Carta

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Jenny Diski

My eyes were diamonds

I jumped out of my bedroom window so I wouldn’t have to speak to anyone downstairs having breakfast. That’s what happened around the Easter weekend of 1966. It was the last straw. For Doris, for me, for Doris’s friends. A point of departure. My friend X from St Christopher’s and I were still angry – three years after the event – that St Chris had chucked me out without concerning itself about what happened to me. ‘Well, you certainly fell on your feet,’ the headmaster had said in a voice that told the whole world that it showed life was unfair but that Quakers would at least have the moral upper hand, and porridge. More

Edward Luttwak

The Armenian Genocide

Turkey is a country small in neither size nor population, yet its rulers have the privilege of being ignored most of the time, no doubt because its language is remarkably little known, considering that for all its Arabic and Persian accretions it’s a most useful entry to the Oghuz Turkic tongues spoken from Moldova to China. This privilege was in evidence when Pope Francis chose in April to define the Armenian deportations, kidnappings, rapes and massacres that started in 1915 as a genocide. The Turkish government prefers fine terminological distinctions. More


Ross McKibbin

Labour dies again

For Labour the loss of Scotland was a genuine catastrophe. Only under the most exceptional circumstances can Labour now win an outright majority in Parliament without Scotland. To do so it will have to win scores of seats in England and Wales. The evolving social structure of England and Wales, though not without possibilities for Labour, is working against that possibility. Above all, the drastic decline in the industrial working class and in union membership has greatly weakened a political culture that once strongly favoured Labour. More

David Trotter

What scared Hitchcock?

Even the biographers, watching the life ‘start at zero’, have struggled to establish where the motivation for the inventiveness came from. The most popular hypothesis, not least because Hitchcock himself promoted it so vigorously, concerns timidity. ‘The man who excels at filming fear is himself a very fearful person,’ Truffaut observed, ‘and I suspect that this trait of his personality has a direct bearing on his success.’ The most substantial biography to date includes plenty of anecdotes about fear, but supplies little by way of evidence of its ultimate cause. More

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Andrew O’Hagan

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Marina Warner

At the Movies
Michael Wood


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