November 2019 / Issue 1
The Critic is Britain’s new monthly magazine for politics, ideas, art, literature and much more. Co-edited by Michael Mosbacher and Christopher Montgomery, The Critic exists to push back against a self-regarding and dangerous consensus that finds critical voices troubling, triggering, insensitive and disrespectful. The point is not provocation or trolling. The point of honest criticism is to better approach truth, not deny its possibility.
Ossified thought and a lack of intellectual rigour are depressing features of all sides of today’s political and cultural debate. Our writers will subscribe to no editorial line nor serve the interests of any party, faction or cause. We ask them to write because we expect them to be honest, and lucidly so. Look to our contributors and fault us if they are not.
Contributors to the magazine include Jonathan Meades, Douglas Murray, Nick Cohen, Joshua Rozenberg, Anne McElvoy, Norman Lebrecht, Daniel Johnson, Lisa Hilton, Hannah Betts and Artists in Residence Adam Dant and Miriam Elia.
December's The Critic offers 112 pages of ideas (and diversions) for open-minded readers. Oliver Wiseman and Richard Cockett report from America and explain why the US elections may foretell an emerging Republican majority. David Patrikarakos travels around the Eastern Mediterranean visiting potential flashpoints in a future war between Greece and Turkey. Janine di Giovanni is haunted by her memories of the Bosnian war she reported on 25 years ago.
Adam LeBor investigates the Trotskyist group that now finds itself deeply imbedded in the Conservative government. Zareer Masani refutes the claim that Winston Churchill was responsible for a genocide in Bengal. The Critic's Political Editor Graham Stewart looks back at the United Kingdom's last conservative Prime Minister, Jim Callaghan. Daniel Johnson remembers the Jonathan Sacks he knew.
Charles Saumarez Smith visits a Potteries factory which illustrates how cultural regeneration should be done, and Tim Abrahams examines the future of cities in a post-Covid world. David Womersley guzzles a history of wine and Melanie McDonagh gorges on Irish cooking. Plus Andrew Roberts, DJ Taylor, Nick Cohen, Norman Lebrecht, Anne McElvoy, Lisa Hilton & Hannah Betts amongst many others.
Our Artists in Residence Adam Dant paints a calendar of London festivities in 2021 (provided the capital is allowed to reopen) and Miriam Elia pictures Neil Ferguson, the soothsayer. Plus Titania McGrath says, Cancel Piers Morgan. Sufficient to savour - and something to infuriate everyone.