Perhaps it is the octopus’s talent for trickery that has blinded us to its qualities.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
The Catalan crisis, and the continuing rise of right-wing nationalists, betray the limitations of the EU.
The party of Lincoln is now very much the party of Trump.
Animal farming is remorselessly destroying our planet.
If we decide you’re a bunch of dicks then we can grab our ball and go home.
Instead of over-preparing for the future, under-prepare for now.
Over the next few years, without anybody really noticing, GPs will start charging for some services.
Those who want to report abuse and bullying are often warned that it will damage “our side”.
The current model is failing, as more and more people cannot see the social justice in sharing scarce resources with those who arrive suddenly and randomly.
As a journalist, he fanned the flames of Euroscepticism. As a politician, he used Brexit to advance his own ambitions. Now he is plotting a path to No 10.
Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris bring together enchanting and accessible poems and artwork.
Catherine Nixey asks what caused this violence, pain and upheaval, when polytheism had apparently been working perfectly well for centuries?
The ruthless, hyper-materialist white-male world of the US president is by no means new.
“Impressionists in London” at the Tate Britain explores the British capital’s little-known influence.
Yorgos Lanthimos, director of The Lobster, returns with another sinister black comedy.
The Sky One series sniggers at all things American, even as its stars aspire to them.
Kevin Davey’s Goldsmiths Prize-shortlisted novel evokes an atmosphere of curated chaos.
BBC Radio 4’s Today programme causes some controversy on its 60th anniversary.
The arrogance and idiocy of heroism is dialled up to 11, and there are knowing winks about all manner of tropes.
The area is still being gouged out, and there is sky where there used to be architecture.
Is it some sort of new fitness fashion?
On the whole, we’ve been housebound, and by God the house is quiet.
Anna Kochan went to India to teach the homeless – and came back with a cookbook.
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