Society + Family

Rediscovering the Purpose of the 21st Century Nation-State

Broken Britain

SAM PARKIN The coalition government has become lost in cognitive dissonance during its navigations through the post-crash hinterland. Talk of ‘The Big Society’, national celebrations of social enterprise, and inclusive slogans like “We’re All In This Together” were intended to…

It Rhymes with Chicago

It Rhymes With Chicago

NICHOLAS BARRETT Back in January, the journalist George Monbiot published a short essay on the Guardian website called ‘Freedom is something to use or lose’. The subtitle read ‘Consumerism’s petty liberties have made us inhumanly passive’. It was later published…

Cristina Rossetti and the Twitter Trolls

Social media trolls

SANJOY BANERJEE I was six years old when I first read Christina’s Rossetti’s Hurt No Living Thing, first in class, then in front of parents in the school assembly. When Mrs Griffiths told everyone how I had only stumbled on…

Why the Elderly Are Conspicuous by Their Absence

Wisdom of the Ages

SANJOY BANERJEE When former cricket umpire Harold “Dickie” Bird turned eighty last year, an event commemorated by the appearance of Dickie Bird – 80 Not Out, the general response was to honour the occasion with fond tributes such as Simon…