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Niqabs in a twist, p11 and p14

Playing for keeps, p41

Pick of the galleries, p42

3 Leading article 7 Portrait of the Week 9 Diary Douglas Murray 10 Politics James Forsyth 11 The Spectator’s Notes 14 Barometer 17 Rod Liddle 18 Ancient and modern 22 Mind your language 24 Matthew Parris 26 James Delingpole 27 Letters 28 Any other business Martin Vander Weyer 60 Chess Raymond Keene 61 Competition;Crossword 62 Status anxiety Toby Young Dave Michael Heath 63 Sport Roger Alton Your problems solved Mary Killen

12 Obama vs the lightweights Why the most promising

Republicans are sitting out 2012 Richard Littlejohn 14 Au revoir, Sarkozy A catastrophe on the French right

John Laughland 18 Fighting spirit

The US Army invents a faith Julian Evans 20 Where there’s a will The case against male primogeniture

Rachel Ward 22 Nannies vs nudgers The battle to interfere in your life

Brendan O’Neill Boks 32 Sam Leith The Pale King,

by David Foster Wallace 34 Jonathan Mirsky

My Dog Tulip, by J. R. Ackerley 35 Charlotte Moore

Untold Story, by Monica Ali Nicola Shulman

Henry VIII, by David Loades 37 Quentin Letts

Bercow, by Bobby Friedman Philip Ziegler Behind Closed

Doors, by Hugo Vickers

38 Peter Phillips

‘It was Your Light’: a poem Bookends Lewis Jones Arts 41 Ross Clark on Olympic buildings 42 Exhibitions Spring round-up of commercial galleries Andrew Lambirth 44 Music Peter Phillips 45 Cinema Red Riding Hood

Deborah Ross Opera Operashots

Michael Tanner 46 Theatre Rocket to the Moon;

Precious Little Talent Lloyd Evans 48 Television Simon Hoggart 49 Radio Kate Chisholm Culture notes Harry Mount Life 55 High life Taki Low life Jeremy Clarke 57 Real life Melissa Kite 58 The turf Robin Oakley 59 Bridge Janet de Botton

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