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HS2: up for review, p18

Diary of a dirty trickster, p9

The least Jewish food, p37


5 Leading article 8 Portrait of the Week 9 Diary I will be vindicated

Roger Stone 10 Politics Brexit’s last best chance

James Forsyth 11 The Spectator’s Notes

Change UK, divorce reforms and young Tories Charles Moore 17 Rod Liddle

The transgender agenda is collapsing 21 Matthew Parris

What’s left for Brexiteers? 23 Ancient and modern

The democracy catastrophe 24 Barometer Bad habits, the gender pay gap and flextension benefits 25 Lionel Shriver You win,

parliament. Now revoke Article 50 27 Letters Hostility to Ireland, trans language and the problem with GPs 28 Any other business Be thankful our economy isn’t like Germany’s Martin Vander Weyer


12 Macron’s reign

How the President united France against him Jonathan Miller 13 Suzannah V. Evans

‘Vocabulary’: a poem 14 Kiss off

Bring back British salutations Rachel Johnson 18 The bodycon Tory

Liz Truss sees the Boohoo generation as the future of Conservatism Katy Balls 20 Uncool Britannia

Politicians need to get a grip Melissa Kite 22 iPlod

There’s too much addictive stuff on TV Mark Palmer BOOKS 30 Philip Hensher Michael Tippett, by Oliver Soden 32 Lara Feigel Machines Like Me, by Ian McEwan Colin Greenwood Nature’s Mutiny, by Philipp Blom 34 Stuart Ritchie The Art of Statistics, by David Spiegelhalter Nicholas Murray ‘The Last Bus Home’: a poem 35 Nigel Jones Appeasing Hitler, by Tim Bouverie 36 Hermione Eyre Daughters of Chivalry, by Kelcey Wilson-Lee 37 Paul Levy The 100 Most Jewish Foods, edited by Alana Newhouse 38 Simon Garfield Typographic Firsts, by John Boardley 39 Rod Liddle

The new internet regulator is an unprecedented threat to free speech Toby Young 24 Boxed in

Woke, by Titania McGrath

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