Professor Jeremy Black and Political Editor Graham Stewart discuss the strength of Italy’s national unity

The saga of the Rex Whistler restaurant and Tate Britain

An obsession with the dangers of proliferation overlooks its positive effects

How have racial slurs become progressive politics?

David Hare is an extraordinarily accomplished writer when he doesn’t revert to contemporary politics

Finley Harnett reviews the BBC’s Once Upon a Time in Iraq

Christopher Gibbs inspired a generation of dealers, aesthetes and designers

Is Douglas Ross ready to lead the Scottish Conservatives?

The great critics always began before they were forty. Who are their equivalents today?

Far from following the science, the government turned its back on all available data

The aftermath of George Floyd’s death is a Me Too moment for race relations and the law enforcement agencies

Small people like me face life-long discrimination – and now size has been “medicalised” for profit by drugs companies

Cassandra Russell on the university students who game the system by self-diagnosing as psychologically unwell

Vasily Grossman was not only a great correspondent in World War Two but a courageous dissident

China’s Covid belligerence will only isolate it further

The Church of England has worked to broaden its diversity of background, but its diversity of opinion has declined

Buildings born of plagues do have a life as something other than problematic ruins

As feminists, we must hold on to our victimhood at all costs. It is the source of our strength

In politics, narrative is now less synonymous with events than with their exposure as a pack of lies

Patrick West reviews The Channel, by Charlie Connelly

Owen Polley reviews Breaking Peace: Brexit and Northern Ireland by Feargal Cochrane

Hard graft and moral clarity were central to the Discworld author’s success

Larman on the Editor hounded off Twitter for saying male novelists are being excluded

How have the great and the good delivered in recent months?

Tragedy struck Gustav Mahler, the archetypal summer composer, in 1907

Lisa Hilton savours sublime cookery packed with the flavours of Slovenia’s Julian Alps

The rules for the perfect picnic are simple, says Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Christopher Pincher explores the Wine Ambassador restaurant and emporium in Bucharest

Thomas Woodham-Smith finds the latest research is online