A silence that imperils us

By Melanie Phillips, May 7, 2015

There has just been a general election on planet Mars. It might as well have taken place there, for all the attention paid in Britain during the past few weeks to the most urgent issue facing our world. This is that the President of the United States is poised to surrender the security of the west to its mortal enemy, Iran.


Too cross with making a cross

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 3, 2015

Weary of the current political mud-slinging and descent into personal invective, I have been searching for some light electoral relief - and I may have found it.


Will we ever see the light?

By Miriam Shaviv, April 30, 2015

Will Shabbat ever be the same? Over the past few days, the Orthodox internet has been furiously debating KosherSwitch, a device which allows electric lights to be switched on and off on Shabbat, without - its creators claim - violating halachah. KosherSwitch has endorsements from Charedi rabbis, although some have partially recanted.


Clubs with different rules

By David Aaronovitch, April 25, 2015

On the plane back from Miami last Sunday night, I tuned into a podcast of Melvyn Bragg and a panel of academics discussing the 16th-century missionary Matteo Ricci. As one does. And I wanted to share with JC readers a thought that occurred to me as the experts cast their pod 35,000 feet above Bermuda.


The obscenity of extravagance

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 23, 2015

First, the bad news. I have to tell you that the quote of £55,000 obtained by the JC for a slap-up kosher wedding amounts to a considerable underestimate of the probable true cost.


Ed's out-of -touch feeling

By Oliver Kamm, April 19, 2015

On general election day in 2010 I went out for lunch with Daniel Finkelstein. "Now tell me," he said, "how did you vote?" I didn't feel it was open to me, as one columnist to another, to protest that it was a secret ballot, so I mumbled, in a half-hearted hope that he might not hear correctly, that I had voted Labour.


My word, is it a turning point?

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 17, 2015

I confess to being a pessimist. Optimists believe that everything is for the best. Often this is far from the case, so optimists are sad people. We pessimists believe that things have a habit of turning out for the worst. Often they don't, which makes us very happy.


Why Mr Farage worries me

By Daniel Finkelstein, April 8, 2015

I need your help with something. Together, if that's alright with you, we need to think through something that's been bothering me. I'm finding it hard to put it into words. Which is awkward, being as that's what I'm paid for. So I just need you to bear with me.


An own goal in Southampton

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 8, 2015

As a research-orientated academic I receive many invitations to present conference papers.


Is solidarity still sensible?

By Jonathan Freedland, April 2, 2015

What will the historians of the future make of the Jews of today? If all they have to go on are public statements and official declarations, they'll presume British Jews were almost stationary, our views of Israel unbending over the decades - no matter what happened in the country.