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Case closed?, p14

The big squeeze, p50


3 Leading article 6 Portrait of the Week 9 Diary WhatsApping Matt Hancock

George Osborne 10 Politics Are boats the new Brexit?

Katy Balls 11 The Spectator’s Notes

The perils of thinking you are good Charles Moore 14 Ancient and modern

Athenian plague 15 Rod Liddle

All civil servants hate the Tories 19 Douglas Murray

Please afford me this little gloat 20 Barometer Civil service careers,

food prices and March shivers 23 Matthew Parris

Safe asylum routes won’t work 27 Lionel Shriver

Despotic social controls cost lives 28 Letters Russia’s ‘friends’, DVDs,

origin myths, yew 30 Any other business Why listed companies are leaving London Martin Vander Weyer


12 Ron vs Don

DeSantis and Trump gear up for a fight Freddy Gray 13 Fiona Larkin

Glowing Still, by Sara Wheeler 34 Mia Levitin

‘Borderland’: a poem 14 Worst Case scenario

Liliana’s Invincible Summer, by Cristina Rivera Garza Jamie Collinson

Can the cabinet secretary carry on? James Heale 16 Hot sources

Matt Hancock’s WhatsApps will be a historical goldmine Andrew Roberts 20 ‘I don’t like gold’

The Italian architect behind Putin’s probable palace Paul Wood 22 Scandi noir

Gathering evidence of war crimes Peter Pomerantsev BOOKS 32 Viv Groskop

Sweden’s street gangs are gaining power Paulina Neuding 24 ‘ There are no films I regret’

An interview with Michael Caine Tanya Gold 26 Letter from Ukraine

In Ascension, by Martin MacInnes 35 Andrew Lambirth

Surrealists in New York, by Charles Darwent 36 Katrina Gulliver

The Angel Makers, by Patti McCracken 37 Tessa Dunlop

The Windsors at War, by Alexander Larman Sam Dalrymple

Courting India, by Nandini Das 38 Michael Arditti

What You Need From the Night, by Laurent Petitmangin 39 Hugh Thomson

Banzeiro Òkótó by Eliane Brum Rebecca Watts ‘She Wishes for the Cliffs of Devon’: a poem

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