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The Critic

The Critic

July - August 2021

The Critic is Britain's new highbrow monthly current affairs magazine for politics, art and literature. Dedicated to rigorous content, first rate writing and unafraid to ask the questions others won't.

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5 minutos
man about town

Alice in blunderland IN MUCH THE SAME WAY THAT DUBYA had that thing on his desk asking “What Would Jesus Do?” — a little surprisingly, the answer always turned out to be “Vaporise random bits of the world, duh!” — most laughingly-named “world leaders” these days evidently have something similar featuring, instead of the Son of The Man, characters from Lewis Carroll’s Alice, most typically the maniac Queen of Hearts or the Duchess’s anger-issues Cook. In fact there’s plenty of larfs to be had guessing who has which: Boz would be the shambolic and random White Queen, le petit craporal the officious small contrarian Mad Hatter, Uncle Vovik Humpty Dumpty. And Joe would have to be the Dormouse: send that man a teapot! Good timing then, for the V&A to launch its new…

10 minutos
publish — or be damned

David Shelley, the CEO of the UK’s second largest publisher, Hachette, has warned of a “watershed moment” when it comes to freedom of expression. There have, of course, been other watershed moments in publishing such as the invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century and the e-book revolution of the late 1990s. But while Gutenberg’s genius opened up a rarefied market to anyone who could read and the digital revolution allowed entire libraries to be stored in your pocket, this latest moment threatens to undermine the very foundations of a free and open press. Although many of us feared for the future of physical books, e-readers such as the Kindle could never quite compete with the feel and smell of a well-thumbed paperback. Unlike CDs and DVDs, books have…

2 minutos
h is for hay-sexuals

Pride month — formerly known as “June” — was another roaring success. The LGBTQIA+ rainbow flag was absolutely everywhere, as it should be. It’s just a shame that the other eleven months of the year are so homophobic. It was gratifying to see major corporations such as Microsoft and Proctor & Gamble proudly displaying the rainbow colours in opposition to the bigoted heteronormativity of the West. And equally gratifying to see that they didn’t need to bother with the flag in their outlets in the Arab States, which just goes to show that Islamic culture is far more progressive than ours. The flag itself is getting more and more colourful with every passing year. In addition to the original six colours, we now have pink, light blue and white stripes to signify…

13 minutos
the incestuous sins of the soixante-huitards

CAMILLE KOUCHNER WAS IN HER EARLY teens when her twin brother told her that their stepfather, the French political analyst, Olivier Duhamel, had come into his bedroom and seduced him. “Do you think it’s wrong?” the boy asked. More than 30 years on, Kouchner is hazy about the exact timing of the exchange, but she remembers her reply clearly: “Because it’s him, it has to be OK. He’s teaching us, that’s all. We’re not buttoned up.” Bottling things up, however, is just what Kouchner and others did. La Familia Grande, her memoir of abuse and secrecy at the heart of France’s intelligentsia, is about the resulting damage. The alleged attacks lasted two or three years. The twins were sworn to silence, but Kouchner found it increasingly difficult to live with a…

4 minutos
institutional amnesia

A MONG HIS MANY quotable remarks, Milton Friedman’s observation that “inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon” stands out. Friedman’s claim was not just that excessive growth of the quantity of money was one of several causes of inflation. He had a more definite and far-reaching conclusion in mind. In his view, excessive growth of the quantity of money — with the rate of increase far ahead of that of real output — was a necessary and sufficient condition for inflation. Further, once inflation had taken off and become entrenched in business expectations, a reduction in the rate of money increase — to a figure similar to the trend rate of economic growth — was a necessary and sufficient condition for ending it. More pointedly, nothing else would work. Politicians and…

4 minutos
earning your pinstripes

HOW WILL WE DRESS when we finally, properly, truly, actually return to the office? Lockdown will ease as summer swells its heat and so it is possible that the modern predilection for aggressive casualness retains a Work From Home vibe. While I maintained a counter-cultural conservative standard throughout all my online screen calls, I did not go the whole Jacob Rees-Mogg affect of dressing for dinner in the jungle, I merely always wore a tie. Opposite me screened many an executive talking from a spare bedroom wearing a t-shirt. So commonplace was this that I did manage to begin taking them seriously — although, of course, the shorter the call the less likely this was. Nowadays every accountant and lawyer wants, at best, to dress as if they were a creative (though…