An appetite for change

‘These were decent people . . . most wanted a fairer society — just not too much fairer’

I spy an administrative opportunity

‘If we are going to have to endure a surveillance state, it might as well make itself useful’

No time for Jews to talk of leaving UK

That Jews face a heightened threat from Islamists is undeniable but society is not against us

The torments of teen-tracking

Technology which is meant to improve our lives is, in fact, simply fostering new neuroses

Cameron, empty chairs and TV debates

The PM’s refusal to take part in debates could create a new political star

Appy holidays

‘We were not four but five: two parents, the girl, the boy and his Facebook Messenger app’

Be glad some had courage to be Charlie

The magazine’s leaders were the kind of brave people who actually change the world

A ‘dislike’ button? Love it

Facebook engineers are doubtless now testing the best way to allow you to signal your aversion to a particular post without overdoing the offence

Windsors’ royal run for the White House

At a recent get-together the Prince told admirers: ‘Read one’s lips — no new duties’

Farage, road rage and ‘Top Gear’ politics

The Ukip leader’s outburst shows unholy union of ‘white van man’ and leather driving gloves

Best of 2014 - Beware the digilantes

‘Twitter is routinely ablaze with efforts to ban one person or sack another… but an apology is never enough’

Google tax needs a Google brain behind it

Analogue and unilateral thinking on UK’s foreign companies tax

Osborne takes Commons on a mission to Mars

Things, after all, seem so much smaller from space – like the deficit

How to train your teenage hamster

‘The challenge is to recreate family times amid increasingly independent children. Here our training as hamster owners will pay dividends’

The Pope’s Chaka Khan model for Europe

The pontiff’s words in Strasbourg displayed the dexterous feminism for which the Holy See is famed

Socks: let’s keep it simple

‘This site does not serve the socksibitionists. It’s black or blue, though perhaps over time it may dip its toe into the exciting world of grey or brown’

Save our sandwich!

’A once proud nation can no longer even make its own sandwiches’

How to ditch a (large) corporate gift

This unwanted ephemera exists not as a token of friendship but as an automated observation of proprieties

A human writes . . . 

For all the Silicon Valley gains, our world is now being shaped by people who think man is nothing more than learning machines awaiting obsolescence

Cameron’s EU opt outs to keep Britain in

UK PM’s growing aggression is likely to make for tricky talks with incoming commission president


Robert Shrimsley Robert Shrimsley is the Managing Editor of Before this he has served as the FT’s chief political correspondent and news editor.

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