Christmas

The decadence and excess of the city is of a piece with puritanical restraint

For small businesses, Sunak’s billion is a pimple patch on a sucking chest wound

Our need of the Nativity of our Lord has not decreased as the centuries have passed

The great London department store Gamages was the British Amazon of its day

Our values today are of consumerism and instant gratification, inherited from our Victorian forebears

Christmas ghost stories are meditations on darkness at the darkest point of the year

We abandon the incarnation at our peril

Black Lives Matter is dreaming of a black Christmas

The Critic Narrated: Episode Seven, with Robert Thicknesse, Alexander Larman and Charles Saumarez Smith

Empty shelves need not mean dreary eating