Reader’s comment: Untouchable Polly

In response to Julie Lynn: When humour dare not show its face, Uusikaupunki wrote: Something horrible flits across the background in scenes from Afghanistan, scuttling out of sight. There it is, a brief blue or...

Reader’s comment: Bishops’ frightened silence

In response to Kathy Gyngell: TCW’s Summer Reads: The siren call of Islam, Graham Wood wrote: For me this last sentence is the most telling: ‘Like too many people in the West he believes in nothing...

My musical choice: Phantom of the Opera

This weekend we take a slight detour off the classical track to look at the musical Phantom of the Opera. I’ve had a slight obsession with this work since listening to it when I...

When humour dare not show its face

There’s a poem by Simon Armitage in his 1993 collection Book of Matches that starts like this: My father thought it bloody queer the day I rolled home with a ring of silver in my ear half...

The soundtrack for a world gone wrong

This is an edited version of a sermon on Ecclesiastes chapter 3 preached in the Parish Church of the Ascension, Oughtibridge. What sort of soundtrack do we think might go with that reading we had...

Reader’s comment: Nanny thinks she knows best

In response to Fionn Shiner: We get the leaders we deserve, mark wrote: Yes, I have often thought that May holds up an uncomfortable mirror to this country. Is it any wonder that a country where...

Reader’s comment: Voting with our wallets

In response to Michael St George: How to resist the Remainers (in a strictly non-violent way), Horsey_Mc_Horse wrote: Interesting ideas and good to see a conservative website showing some teeth. It would be preferable to...
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TCW’s Summer Reads: The siren call of Islam

This is the first of several recommendations I will be making in the coming weeks. It is the French author Michel Houellebecq’s Soumission (Submission) which was published in 2015, by chance on the day...

Reader’s comment: A warning from Wells

In response to Laura Perrins: No time for heroes: the men who stood by as a maniac shot their female classmates, Simplesimon wrote: In H G Wells’s novel The Time Machine the time traveller is...

Time to ban the burka? You say YES

In the midst of furore that followed Boris Johnson’s comments about the burka (which were not the first such to issue forth from senior members of the Conservative Party, as Jacob Rees-Mogg has pointed...