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

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

Patrick West reviews The Channel, by Charlie Connelly

Chronicling the inroads of cultural Marxists, the woke, the right-on, and all the virtue signalling rest

The case of France’s George Floyd, Adama Traoré

How the gender battle is shaking-up British party politics. With Graham Stewart and Josephine Bartosch

Trainsplaining a new world order

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

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

Jeremy Black reviews The Man Who Didn’t Fly, by Margot Bennett

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