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At large in Britain, p37


3 Leading article 6 Portrait of the Week 9 Diary Boris and the topless TV star

Joan Collins 10 Politics

Can Tom Watson save Labour? Nick Cohen 11 The Spectator’s Notes

Saints, civil servants and women’s football Charles Moore 14 Ancient and modern

Tragedy and validity 18 Barometer Taxpayers, model hobbies and prime ministers over 70 19 Rod Liddle Save us from the civil service and the BBC 23 Matthew Parris Re-wilders forget that humans are ‘nature’ too 25 Lionel Shriver Where is the

Democrat who can take on Trump? 27 Letters Stop and search, telly companions and pension problems 28 Any other business

Why the wheel of fortune is turning in Tesco’s favour again Martin Vander Weyer

The sun kid, p30

Keeping up with Kanye, p42


12 Boris’s new tune

His plan to unite Britain James Forsyth and Katy Balls 13 Eton sociology

What can Boris mean when he talks of an ‘Oppidan Britain’? Sam Leith 18 All by myself

The joys of being single Elisa Segrave 20 Fatalist error

What Sir Ivan Rogers has got wrong on Brexit Robert Tombs 22 Watch out

Mosques, moor heads and mafiosos Ian Thomson BOOKS 30 David Crane King of the World, by Philip Mansel 32 Jude Cook on first novels Margie Orford Red Dog, by Willem Anker 33 Peter Parker A Lesson in Art and Life, by Hugh St. Clair 34 Steven Poole Ways of Hearing, by Damon Krukowski 35 Sam Mills on short stories 36 André van Loon Isolde, by Irina Odoevtseva Roy Lowe ‘Father’s Day, 2019’: a poem 37 Katrina Gulliver Invasive Aliens, by Dan Eatherley

China’s new surveillance technology goes far beyond Big Brother Chris Daw 24 Sicily notebook

38 Sarah Churchwell

Furious Hours, by Casey Cep 39 Alex Peake-Tomkinson

Starling Days, by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

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