Poverty

Trade not aid: spending more doesn’t mean we care more

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Spending more doesn’t mean we care more

How come the less something is a problem, the more people talk about it?

27 June 2020 9:00 am

The less something is a problem, the more people talk about it

Who can still make a Sunday joint last a week?

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Sunday lunch was always roast beef and, in the traditional way, the Yorkshire pudding was served first with gravy, supposedly…

There’s nothing equal about this virus

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Filthy germ-laden townsfolk were out and about on the footpaths near my home on Easter Sunday, dragging with them their…

The cops are impotent in lawless New York

23 November 2019 9:00 am

New York   Things are heating up, in both London and Nueva York, as this place should correctly be called.…

David Schwimmer has produced a new film of Alexander Zeldin’s play LOVE for the BBC. [Photo: Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images]

David Schwimmer on his new BBC film

8 December 2018 9:00 am

There is very little art about modern poverty, because who wants to know? It is barely acknowledged, unless there is…

The poorer I get, the more capitalist I become

26 May 2018 9:00 am

‘What a fabulous tan, where did you get it? said one of my fellow lunch guests as we entered the…

‘A Cellar Dive in the Bend’, c.1895, by Richard Hoe Lawrence and Henry G. Piffard

A short history of flash photography

18 November 2017 9:00 am

All photography requires light, but the light used in flash photography is unique — shocking, intrusive and abrupt. It’s quite…

The Florida Project never sanctifies or demonises and is absorbing throughout

11 November 2017 9:00 am

The Florida Project is a drama set in one of those cheap American motels occupied by poor people who would…

Destitute Britain

28 October 2017 9:00 am

I became aware that there was real destitution in modern Britain five years ago. Destitution, as I see it, arises…

How to be good

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Suffering, wrote Auden, takes place ‘while someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along’. His…

Putting the boot into Italy

14 October 2017 9:00 am

A young woman, naked and covered in blood, totters numbly down a night road. A driver spots her in his…

Deity sculptors work on a preliminary structure for the ten-armed Goddess Durga in preparation for the Durga Puja festival

Change and decay

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Writing of his grandmother’s cremation, Kushanava Choudhury reflects in The Epic City that, while his expatriate Indian cousins are separated…

Training the horse from hell

30 April 2016 9:00 am

There were moments while reading this sprawling, ambitious novel when I thought I was reading a masterpiece. But at other…

Penury dictates that I find more lucrative work — but I can’t afford to

9 April 2016 9:00 am

My adventures in penury land me with two job applications on my screen, one for MI6, one for Sainsbury’s. Do…

The climate change agenda is a conspiracy against the poor

5 December 2015 9:00 am

In trying to protect ‘our grandchildren’ from climate change, politicians are hurting the poor. They shouldn’t

The climate summit in Paris will feature a lot of hot air

7 November 2015 9:00 am

The delegates who will gather for the star-studded Paris climate summit include celebrities, presidents and perhaps even the Pope. Among…

Dear Mary: How can I make visiting friends realise it is a burden to take them to see the sights?

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Q. I am an impoverished artist living in a famously cheap European city, largely for reasons of economy. I love…

The Tories must move quickly to recruit ex-Labour voters. Here's how

19 September 2015 8:00 am

David Cameron might not be remembered as the best prime minister in modern British history but he will probably be…

Chairman Mao: monster of misrule

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Mao Zedong, once the Helmsman, Great Teacher and Red Red Sun in Our Hearts, and still the Chairman, died in…

Archbishop John Sentamu on why politicians are like men arguing at a urinal

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Archbishop John Sentamu is not scared to tell off politicians, across the spectrum

Why are there so many fat people in pictures of food banks?

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Were you aware that the famous actor Andy Garcia was born with a foetus growing out of his left shoulder?…

Ukip is in the middle of the most cynical political repositioning ever

18 October 2014 9:00 am

I think I’ve cracked it. If you want to springboard your minor political party into the mainstream and take British…

The nun who took down an Isis flag – and stands up for east London's Muslims

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Sister Christine Frost, who works on an east London estate, sees why young Muslim men are going to fight in Iraq and Syria