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CONTENTS CONTENTS

THE WEEK

Leading article 5

Portrait of the week 9

Diary Ross Clark

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Politics PeterOborne 12

The Spectator’s Notes 13

The Blairs 15

Mind your language 30

Letters 34

Another voice MatthewParris

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Any other business Martin Vander Weyer 38

And another thing Paul Johnson 40

BOOKS

Jonathan Sumption:The Third Reich in Power, by Richard J. Evans 46

James Astillon Iraq 48

Anthony Thwaite:‘The Poet’s Voice’: a poem 48

Robert Stewarton the Four Musketeers 50

Michael Crick:Dirty Politics, Dirty Times, by Michael Ashcroft 52

Christopher Fraser:Seahorse!, by Chipps SelbyBennett 53

M.R.D. Foot:Scott of the Antarctic, by David Crane 54

P.J. Kavanaghon the Ashes 55

Rupert Christiansen:Arthur Hugh Clough, by Anthony Kenny 56

Simon Heffer:Thatcher’s Fortunes, by Mark Hollingsworth and Paul Halloran 57

John Weston:‘Looking Down MacDougal Street’: a poem58

Paul Binding:The Norwegian Feeling for Real, edited by Harald Bache-Wiig, et al. 58

John Michell:What We Believe But Cannot Prove, edited by John Brockman 60

The crescent of fear Rod Liddle The consequences of Muslim reluctance to integrate in France 14

Will London burn too? Patrick Sookhdeo The Islamic doctrine of sacred space

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It’s the demography, stupid Mark Steyn The French riots are just the beginning; Europe could disintegrate 18

Profiles in courage James Delingpole A tribute to the modest veterans of the second world war 20

Bullying for charity Guy Adams The big ones have developed a taste for bossing us about 22

WhyBritain can’t make it Andrew Kenny Boredom is killing British manufacturing

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Young people are the business Leo McKinstry Clean, sober, keen on capitalism; not feckless booze-hounds 28

The silence of the lambs of the BBC Andrew Gilligan The real trouble is fear of authority 30

Cameron should avoid Scotland Alan Cochrane Bitching and backbiting bedevil Scottish politics 32

SHIVA NAIPAUL MEMORIAL PRIZE Japs Andrew Robinson 43

Illustrated by Carolyn Gowdy

Mark Steyn’s film column returns next week .

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Gary Dexter:Alternative Reading 60

ARTS

Henrietta Bredin on a pilgrimage to Canterbury 61

Exhibitions:Dancing to the Music of Time: the Life and Work of Anthony Powell Andrew Lambirth 62

Festivals:Mozartfest Geoffrey Wheatcroft 66

Dance:Manon; O Giannandrea Poesio

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Pop Marcus Berkmann

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Theatre: Pillars of the Community; Otherwise Engaged; As You Desire Me Toby Young 68

Opera:The Midsummer Marriage; Il diluvio universale Michael Tanner 69

Museums:Norwich Castle Russell Chamberlin 70

Radio Michael Vestey

Television Simon Hoggart

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LIFE

The turf Robin Oakley

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High life Taki

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Low life Jeremy Clarke

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Bridge Susanna Gross

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Restaurant Deborah Ross

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Wine Club Simon Hoggart

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Chess Raymond Keene

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Competition; Crossword 80, 81

Sport Frank Keating

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Your problems solved Mary Killen 87

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