Jacob Rees-Mogg (Oli Scarff /AFP/Getty Images)

    10 most read stories of 2017

    29 December 2017

    1. The many, many millions of Mogg – Behind the old-fashioned suits and perfect manners, Jacob Rees-Mogg is a titan of high finance, says David Oldroyd-Bolt.

    2. Jordan Peterson and the transgender wars – Tim Lott interviews the psychology professor who is in trouble with the transgender crowd.

    3. I pity the fools who queue to get on planes – Mark Mason explains why he’s never in a rush to get on the plane.

    4. As the left surges back, Marxism’s bloody legacy is covered up – Monuments to the victims of fascism exist everywhere, but communism’s victims are hardly remembered at all, says Roger Scruton.
    5. The frock that rocked a nation – Willard Fox on how a reality TV show about wedding dresses almost brought down the 40-year-old Marxist government of Angola.

    6. My life as a Gogglebox star – Mary Killen on her watching brief.

    7. The best places to eat in and around London Bridge – Borough Market is at the centre of one of London’s most exciting foodie scenes, says Ed Smith.

    8. Do parents really matter? – Parenting does not have a large impact on how children turn out, says Brian Boutwell.

    9. Why Enid Blyton is still the queen of children’s books – Emma Lee-Potter on the enduring appeal of Blyton’s novels.

    10. 10 commandments for the public house – David Butterfield says the perfect pub should provide an alcohol-abetted escape from the modern world.