Nativeity

BY MANDY BALDWIN The famous Christmas fair at the Champs Elysee in Paris has been cancelled. The graceful steps at York Minster, where a church has stood since long before the original jihadis first rampaged, have been blocked by concrete bollards. Armed police will patrol Christmas venues in pretty, old towns all across Europe, where the cobbled streets are now blighted by defences against killers … Continue reading Nativeity

Public School Educated – And?

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN These days, when people are not having a go at middle-aged white men in suits, it’s the “public-school educated” who are the targets of social media ire. As a public school educated white man I seem, by default, to be in line for rather a lot of flak. For no good reason, of course. Just to sate the anger of tap-tappers who … Continue reading Public School Educated – And?

Bonfire Night

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN With each year that passes I grow increasingly aware that very little of what I supposedly learned at school has survived the perilous trek to adulthood. Memories remain, of course; some of them indelibly etched, as in acid, on the metaphorical brass of my consciousness, where they will remain until the day my mind finally deserts me. But too many more are … Continue reading Bonfire Night

A Postcard from Biarritz

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN As I write this piece from Biarritz on the French Atlantic coast, the September sun is shining and waves are crashing down onto the beach in front of the Hotel de la Plage. A dozen or so surfers attempt to gain traction from the occasionally useable waves. The terrace cafe in which I am sitting is much quieter than a month ago, … Continue reading A Postcard from Biarritz

Magna Carta & All That

BY MANDY BALDWIN Our ability to hang Theresa May for treason was removed in 1998 by Tony Blair – a man so slippery he covered his tracks before he’d even made them.  Nevertheless, the law still allows us to imprison for life any person seeking ‘to move or stir any foreigner to invade the United Kingdom or any other country belonging to the sovereign.’ May’s … Continue reading Magna Carta & All That