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3 Leading article 7 Portrait of the Week 9 Diary Jessica Raine 10 Politics James Forsyth 11 The Spectator’s Notes 17 Rod Liddle 18 Barometer 27 Matthew Parris 28 James Delingpole 30 Letters 33 Any other business Martin Vander Weyer

12 Cracks in China The People’s Republic waits doubtfully for a new ruler Jonathan Fenby 13 Peter Bland ‘A Poem is nventing Me Again…’: a poem 14 The end of Rebus Scotland’s grim police reforms

Andrew Gilligan 18 Hands off Special Brew! It’s Churchill’s beer – and mine

Leo McKinstry 20 Pocket-money capitalism A finance lesson for ten-year-olds

Clarissa Tan 22 Apostle of doubt An interview with Richard Holloway

Douglas Murray 25 Spanish notebook All the best bars show bullfighting

Christopher Howse


Books 36 Paul Johnson Savage Continent, by Keith Lowe 38 Richard Davenport-Hines The Chemistry of Tears,

by Peter Carey 39 Bevis Hillier Family Dolls’ Houses of the 18th and

19th Centuries, by Liza Antrim 40 Diana Hendry The Man Who

Forgot His Wife, by John O’Farrell Alan Judd Find, Fix, Finish,

by Aki Peritz and Eric Rosenbach 42 Masha Karp on Vladimir Putin 43 Alexander Larman on first novels Bookends Graham Stewart

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