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Has Christmas dinner had its day?

YES People who dislike Christmas dinner tend to critique it by breaking it down into its constituent parts in order to make themselves understood. This is understandable, as it makes such a strong case: turkey is an inferior meat, tasteless and dry, bred for bulk, which is the worst possible reason for breeding anything, often masked with sugar to make it bearable and the wrong colour, calling to mind a whole Pantone scale of things that you should never eat, from the surgical truss to the corporate stair carpet.

Potatoes could just about rescue the textures, but never by roasting them. The condiments of Christmas are like jams at a breakfast buffet, the vegetables have clustered together as the last nutrients standing in a season where nothing grows, and the pigs in blankets… well, they are ok. But if we’re going to let a meal stand or fall by a sausage wrapped in a piece of bacon, give me a mixed grill with an egg on it and stop standing on your dignity.

Framing-wise, this is the wrong approach, since there’s always some sentimentalist with an imagination waiting to show you how you can improve a Brussels sprout by showering it with things that taste nothing like it, cooking them all in radically innovative ways, closing your eyes and imagining you’re eating a chestnut in Marsala that reminds you of cabbage.

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In Prospect’s January 2018 issue: Five writers attempt to plot the impending advances in shopping, politics, sex, food and computing through 2018. James Plunkett looks at shopping and explains how personalised prices will hand even more power to the big companies; Theo Bertram outlines why political volatility is here to stay and what it means for us; Kate Devlin argues that sex robots are only a part of the impending sexual revolution; Stephanie Boland outlines why we’ll all end up eating lab grown food; and Jay Elwes explains the next steps in our computing quantum leap. Elsewhere in the issue: Dani Rodrik uncovers the truth behind the great globalisation lie—there were always going to be losers, Iona Craig delves into the war in Yemen—the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, Chris Tilbury explains why Britain urgently needs a plan for its failing prisons