Jonathan Meades

Jonathan Meades’s next book is Pedro & Ricky Come Again, to be published next year. He lives in Marseille.

A hideous babel of gimmicky buildings that scream: “Me! Me! Me!”

The trashy Downing Street makeover is a criminal act of hideous uglification

TV has become a branch of the pharmaceutical industry doling out heavy sedatives

Pike abound in British rivers yet are seldom caught for the table

Today the multiply-tattooed Balkan war criminal look is popular

France is competing with the UK to be every bit as draconian and liberty-infringing

Islamism is increasingly held not to be a deviant from Islam, but an orthodox aim of the “religion of peace”

The Midlands are hurried through, unappreciated on the way to somewhere else

Who’s minor and who’s major reveal the power of collective prejudice

Macron aims to rewrite history, with Britain not far behind