As with all good satires, Swift's essay makes you consider things afresh

22 November 2017 | by Melanie McDonagh

Melanie McDonagh's Notebook


THE BEST conversations not only don’t exclude politics and religion; they’re the substance of them. So it was when I met one of the Evening Standard columnists, Rob Rinder, who is known to lots of people as Judge Rinder, from the television show which he hosts. Not having a telly myself, I had to confess I’d never seen it. Anyway, he was terrific, and during our lunch at The Ivy (he was, very kindly, paying), our talk turned inexorably to Catholicism and Judaism – he’s Jewish.

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