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January/February 2010 Issue 19

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Counterpoints Blond’s encyclical; Swiss minarets; Expert opinions; Civil drivel; A friend in death; Culinary disaster in Provence 10 Columns On the contrary Lionel Shriver considers the dangers of writing a “relevant” novel 17

Jurisprudence Joshua Rozenberg assesses the effectiveness of public inquiries 18

Marketplace Tim Congdon asks if Ben Bernanke has forgotten Milton Friedman’s message 19 Living History Michael Burleigh speaks up against the academic hegemony of the Left 20 The Outsider Douglas Murray is bored to death in Brussels 21 Points East & West Emanuele Ottolenghi says we can forget about peace in the Middle East this year 22 European Eye Mara Delius in Munich is optimistic about the future of literary criticism 23 Your call is important to us Miriam Gross is frustrated by M&S incompetence 24 Web sightings Frances Weaver considers Cuba’s response to a blooming blogosphere 25 Letters Cameron’s compassion; Poorly politicians; Inflating the facts 26 Dispatches Ben Judah in Siberia confronts Russia’s past as he searches for the Gulag 28 Features The French path of most Resistance Julian Jackson examines the conflicts and collusions of the wartime underground 48 An end to the myth of the tortured soul Fisun Güner says the new Van Gogh show at the Royal Academy enables us to reassess the artist 52

Coverlines Give us back our liberties Geoffrey Robertson QC backs David Cameron’s British Bill of Rights 38

Dialogue Will the Tories give us the schools we deserve? Michael Gove and Chris Woodhead discuss the Conservatives’ plans for far-reaching education reform 32

Features ‘This society is not secular’ Daniel Johnson interviews the new leader of the English Catholic Church, Archbishop Vincent Nichols 44

Why the Afghanistan appeasers are wrong Michael Nazir-Ali believes that military disengagement will only mean victory for the extremists 40

Jesus in the eyes of Josephus Geza Vermes proposes a fresh interpretation of the Jewish historian 54 Civilisation Critique Nick Cohen Reader’s guide to Thatcherism: why we should re-read Eighties fiction 60 Cosmos David Wark elucidates a new Britishpioneered form of nuclear power 64 Books Paul Johnson on Bite the Hand that Feeds You: Essays and Provocations by Henry Fairlie and Best Seat in the House by Frank Johnson; John Gross on The Letters of T. S. Eliot: Volume 2: 1923-25; Noel Malcolm on The Italian Inquisition by Christopher F. Black; Louis Amis on Nazi Literature in the Americas by Roberto Bolaño; and Justin Marozzi on The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk 67

Film Peter Whittle is struck by the authenticity of a cinematic portrayal of bereavement 74 Television Nick Cohen says British thrillers on screen refuse to acknowledge the existence of Islamic terrorism 75 Music Jessica Duchen celebrates the internet’s effect on classical music 77 Art Michael Prodger enjoys a fresh showcasing of familiar Impressionists 78 Theatre Minette Marrin Alan Bennett and Timberlake Wertenbaker both depict artists on stage—with contrasting results 79 Text Charles Saumarez Smith The Institutionalisation of Art in Early Victorian England 80 Joseph Epstein Danny Montoya, a new short story 84 Clive James Four new poems 90 Imagination Party Lines Daisy Waugh on the great state school dilemma; Whatever by Peter Blegvad The Saga of Smit & Smule continues 93 Drawing Board Sarah Butterfield From London to Antibes—mixed media paintings 94 Overrated/Underrated Mary Kay-Wilmers/Nancy Sladek by Daniel Johnson and Allan Massie 96 Chess Dominic Lawson on the soul-destroying ordeal of being a loser 98 www.standpointmag.co.uk

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