In this week’s magazine

The class ceiling
30 January – 5 February




Stuart Maconie argues that a popular culture dominated by the privileged few is doomed to blandness

Johnny Marr, A A Gill, Glenda Jackson and others ask if our society has become too posh

Sophie McBain interviews the former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg

Mehdi Hasan and Mark Leonard respond to Syriza’s victory in the Greek elections

Yiannis Baboulias writes from Athens about future economic directions following the Greek elections




Rowan Williams explores how T S Eliot’s “bruising” home life led to his filmic early poems

Mark Damazer on the evolution of English society since 1714

John Mullan compares memoirs by David Lodge and Antonia Fraser

Libby Purves enjoys Anthony Quinn’s novel of 1930s theatreland

Craig Raine finds Rubens more palatable on a smaller canvas



Robert Webb argues that we shouldn’t judge people because they went to private school - we should judge what they do with that luck

The Politics Column: George Eaton argues that the divided left could cost Labour the election

Michael Brooks on how young blood could help the aged

Will Self: I may be late to the party but I am tough on ramekin - and on the causes of ramekin


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