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Reading Doom might not save us, but it leaves us with a better appreciation of the complex politics of catastrophe
The psychology of political incompetence is brought out well in Niall Ferguson’s Doom
How the two major UK parties are populist, Americanised, authoritarian entities reinforced by a system that tips the balance in their favour
A fifth film is looming, but I really, really, wish it wasn’t
Spare us the sentimental tosh about working-class sport, tradition and community
Nick Cohen compiles a phrase book for neophyte runners
Why is travel writing so unfashionable and even regarded by some as simply “wrong”?
As Winchester College prepares to turn co-educational, Alexander Larman asks if single-sex boarding schools may soon become a thing of the past
There are now so many awards that not winning one must seem a source of shame
The wasp may be hated, but you’d be amazed by its intelligence
Musa Okwonga’s memoir about his time at Eton is a confused account of having access to everywhere but belonging nowhere
Who’s paying Mr Smith to do what?