THIS WEEK'S ISSUE
22 March 2014
What money can buy in the modern British establishment
Money isn't quite everything. But it's getting there
For all the anti-Russian rhetoric, we've been exposed as posturing, weak and divided
Why are customer satisfaction surveys always for the wrong thing?
Working-class people do grandparenting right. Middle-class ones, increasingly, don't
The confessions of a newspaper stock tipster
Share prices have had a long rise, yes – but not an exceptionally steep one
These hand-printed patterns aren't just charming or even lovely – they're magical
Classical education advice appears to accord with the evidence
ME is real Sir: Rod Liddle may or may not be right that certain illnesses become fashionable once given a…
I had good reasons for turning down BBC3's Free Speech. But now I really wish I hadn't
The convention to speak only good of the dead should not be applied to politicians
Must every series begin with the naked, lifeless body of a young woman?
Plus: Malaysia’s culture of secrecy, and Oxfam’s shifting mission
A review of Michael Scott’s Delphi: A History of the Center of the Ancient World. It's a fascinating mystery, wrapped in an enigma, wrapped up in unfortunate academic jargon
A review of Chapman Pincher’s Dangerous to Know. At 100, the Daily Express's veteran spycatcher isn't giving up his obsessions – but he still got most of the big stories right
junkie hard place
A review of Siri Hustvedt’s The Blazing World. This novel's artspeak may be a headache but the tenderness and generosity of the storytelling is unbeatable.
Julian Mitchell on Another Country: ‘I based it on my fury and anger and I wrote it fast and it flowed'
Robert Gore-Langton talks to Julian Mitchell about the painful roots of his hit play
The world’s toughest violin competition is jam-packed with Asians – and this year, not a single Brit
The British Museum's immaculately presented 'Germany Divided' shows the strength of its headline act. Plus two more German shows - Renaissance Impressions at the Royal Academy and Strange Beauty at the National Gallery
Conductor and cast deliver near ideal performances but the staging needed more focus
A Long Way Down is so poorly written, so lacking in insight or sympathy, that you just want the characters to jump
What really happens on foxhunts nowadays is a mystery, but it must be pretty exciting to command such enthusiasm
The stories that kept the crowd entranced
Now that Hacked Off has this lot, who could oppose it?
Stuart Lancaster is proving to be an impressive leader. But are his replacements good enough?
I have been inside his gazebo, and I know