Pessimism gets a bad press, but compulsory positive thinking can be brutally enforced.
There's a fear that politicians are merely polishing the surface, allowing the decay to spread.
In the aftermath of Oborne's resignation, there are other questions to be asked about the newspaper industry.
The shock of losing to Miliband could awake the Conservatives from their dogmatic slumber.
Don't believe the hype about the rollout of universal credit and how the Tories are finally "making work pay" - Iain Duncan Smith has presided over perhaps the failure of this parliament.
Another hung parliament and the ill-conceived Fixed Term Parliaments Act could compromise the country's constitution.
John Gray reviews Greg Garrett’s Entertaining Judgement: the Afterlife in Popular Imagination.
The Iraqi city of Mosul was taken over by Islamic State last summer – but now the government forces are pushing back.
Begad, he revives! I came home and asked my wife if she realised she had been a widow since 1980.
Comparable to Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener” to Kafka’s “A Hunger Artist”, The Vegetarian ties social refusal to sexual protest.
Harry Brighouse and Adam Swift's Family Values: the Ethics of Parent-Child Relationships, and Tanith Carey's Taming the Tiger Parent.
In new books, both Hain and Hutton recognise Labour as the only vehicle for reform – but what kind will emerge remains to be seen.
Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances reminds us that stories demand all our attention.
The actress on work, travel – and why she'd be perfectly happy growing tomatoes.
It broadcasts 24 hours a day from Morocco to Iran - but how does one explain BBC Arabic radio?
I envy calm people for their apparent immunity to overexcitement or overreaction.
J K Rowling adaptation The Casual Vacancy and Channel 4's Indian Summers lack something for our critic.
Appearing at the Barbican with the BBC Singers and London Sinfonietta, the composer's hands seem to shape music out of thin air.
Jaipur, 1971 and London 2015: a queasy syzygy.
Scarcely 2 per cent of our top players are privately educated: yet a whopping 7 per cent of the nation’s children go to private schools. So unfair. Something has to be done.
If you know where to look, you can get a long way from virulent orange sauce and “chips, not rice”.
"He ran around, biting like the bastard he was."
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