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AL Kennedy says the election results in Scotland reflect a surge in political engagement.
David Cannadine says Barack Obama is not the first American president to act like a king.
A American writer PJ O'Rourke gives his view of the UK election.
David Cannadine reflects on the merits of youth and age in political leaders.
David Cannadine compares the style of national commemorations in the US and in Britain.
Howard Jacobson explains why he prefers art to ideology, especially at election time.
Howard Jacobson explains why he dislikes the narcissism of the selfie.
Howard Jacobson thinks skimpy suits show men are suffering from a self-image crisis.
Tom Shakespeare says that disabled people's right to independent living is under threat.
Tom Shakespeare thinks that reformed select committees have revitalised Parliament.
Tom Shakespeare says wisdom in middle age is some compensation for cognitive decline.
Will Self reflects on the unsettling nature of time.
A weekly reflection on a topical issue.
Will Self reflects on the power of our relationship with fictional characters.
Will Self finds himself driven to reconsider the nature and purpose of satire.
Will Self reflects on the growing divide between people with and without children.
Will Self laments diminishing personal contact as a result of the rise of technology.
AL Kennedy reflects on the power of art to sustain the human spirit.
AL Kennedy reflects on the importance of learning languages and listening to one another.
Adam Gopnick reflects on the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
AL Kennedy reflects on what it means to pursue happiness.
David Cannadine reflects on the history of the Queen's Christmas message.
What constitutes real art, as opposed to kitsch or that based on fake emotions and cliche?
Why the fear of producing kitsch art has led to a new kind of pre-emptive kitsch.
Roger Scruton muses on the difference between genuine art and that based on fake emotion.
John Gray argues that 'thinking the unthinkable' means exaggerating fashionable beliefs.
John Gray points to lessons from the novels of Dostoevsky about the danger of ideas.
John Gray explores why human beings crave busy lives.
John Gray reflects on why the advance of capitalism is not inevitable.
Adam Gopnik identifies four different types of anxiety that afflict modern people.
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