WITNESS 45Iraq’s rebel democrats
BARTLE BULL Muqtada al-Sadr’s populist Shia rebels, who last year battled with US forces in Najaf, are now deeply involved in politics. They provide a case study of a rebel movement tentatively embracing democracy.
MY STORY 54Dilemma in the dock
ALEX McBRIDE It is my ﬁrst case. I am defending two young men accused ofassault. Suddenly their interests diverge. What do I do?
COLUMNS 10Out ofmind
PAUL BROKS Music—solvent of the soul.
TUMBLER The Brits are going European.
TIM KING Maybe Blairism doesn’t lead to hell.
MANNEKEN PIS Farewell Denis—you knew too much.
PATRICK WEST The return of the football hooligan.
REGULARS 6Letters 8News & curiosities plus Enigmas & puzzles IAN STEWART 17Numbers game THE CRUNCHER 18Mini interview NICK CLEGG 75Classiﬁeds 78The generalist DIDYMUS 79The list
68Blair’s slaggy prolespeak
JOHN LLOYD Piers Morgan regards politics as a branch of showbiz. And the politicians let him get away with it.
MICHAEL MOORCOCK In a parallel Westminster, my ex-lover is grooming herself for power.
REVIEWS 62The clank ofIrish bones
FINTAN O’TOOLE John Banville ignores the skeleton cupboard of Irish literature, preferring art and style to the nightmare of history. And that makes him Irish.
64A mortal nation too
LINDA COLLEY An inability to listen to others is common to the nationalism of small countries with troubled histories—like Israel. So why is it also true ofthe US?
BOB ROWTHORN By viewing economics as a cousin of biology, it is easier to see how small causes can have very big effects.
CULTURAL TOURIST 72Maestro ofthe Orkney isles
MAGNUS LINKLATER How did the Orkneys shape one of Europe’s most striking musical events? Plus news and listings.
COLUMNS 61Private view
BEN LEWIS Shit an’ tattoos.
KAMILA SHAMSIE Wake up and hear the kaﬁ.
DAVID HERMAN Marr’s triumph, Paxman’s disgrace.
David Willetts on the possible rebirth of Tory England
Joe Roeber on the arms industry
Stella Tillyard meets Alan Hollinghurst
Hans Kundnani on 1968 and Germany’s red-green rulers
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