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Contents Free thinking since 1913

Culture war: Stephen Bush on divided Britain 22

James Heffer: a survivor of the Somme 30

Up Front

3 Leader 10 Correspondence


7 Helen Lewis on murderous fathers, Facebook secrets and Trump’s phantom campaign 9 George Eaton on how the EU referendum became about immigration, not Europe 20 John Bew on the English in revolt 21 Mary Creagh writes this week’s Diary 34 Laurie Penny says that our attitude to drugs must change


12 In the Picture 13 View from Bilbao: Christopher Finnigan The far left is poised to make gains in Spain’s general election 14 Commons Confidential: Kevin Maguire The pick of the best gossip from Westminster 16 Trends: Philip Maughan Why I gave in and decided to have a tattoo 17 Ideas: Michael Brooks The best defence against Alzheimer’s is to delay ageing 19 Encounter: Hasan Chowdhury Phill Wills’s long battle to find care for his autistic son Josh

The Critics: Books

36 John Gray on what The Face of the Buddha reveals about the genius of William Empson 38 Tom Holland traces the doctrinal roots of Isis as revealed in a book by Shiraz Maher 40 Peter Oborne on The Panama Papers by Bastian Obermayer and Frederik Obermaier and Parliament Ltd: a Journey to the Dark Heart of British Politics by Martin Williams 41 The NS Poem “I am signing none of the emails with an ‘x’ ” by Kathryn Maris 43 Anna Leskiewicz investigates the problems with “marketplace feminism” in Andi Zeisler’s We Were Feminists Once

Contributing Writers John Gray Rowan Williams Mehdi Hasan Ed Smith John Bew Leo Robson Erica Wagner Shiraz Maher Owen Jones Sophie McBain Brendan Simms

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22 Stephen Bush on the cultural rift the EU referendum has exposed across Britain 28 Jeremy Seabrook on the psychic wounds from denying our grief over the death of Britain’s industrial way of life 30 Simon Heffer recalls his father, who fought at the Somme

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