We should thank religious nuts for most of the liberal rights we take for granted
Dominic Hilton spots a sniper on a balcony, has embarrassing encounters in lifts and thinks gender-neutral language would make learning Spanish a lot easier
The pride flag has ended up symbolising nothing at all
What masterpieces hide on tired and musty shelves?
Knife crime is predominantly black on black, so don’t hold the police back
This is not the first time Hatun has been assaulted at Speakers’ Corner
Brexit has been blamed for the decline of the British press, but the mainstream media was broken long before we left the European Union
The folly of public schools’ race to embrace the religion of wokeness
There’s no wonder that books are becoming more conformist when freedom of expression is being curtailed
The new Great British Railways should abolish the garish sweet shop designs of today’s trains and look to the glorious liveries of the past
The origins of a soviet leader revered as a visionary reformer in the west, but reviled as a weak American puppet in his native land
David Cameron kept a copy of Evelyn Waugh’s peerless satire on his desk, but Boris Johnson’s eventful career is entirely in the Scoop mould
The line between dishonesty and stupidity can be difficult to spot
Football may be the new religion, but it faces the same challenges as the old
The Olympics have a weird and wonderful history
If we don’t return to normal now, when can we?
You better believe the earth is flat
Is Europe losing its interesting edges as temperatures climb year by year?
Lucy Kellaway’s memoir is a must-read for anyone considering the profession
Round-up: what do these books tell us about literary culture in 2021?
It’s BBC actors and comedy stars who’ve made the corporation great over the years — not two-a-penny journalists
Robert Thicknesse on the woes of modern, British opera
In today’s pop world trauma is an asset
Out with the old, in with the new: Michael Prodger on art collection trends