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For the smell of it, p26

Deesis in crisis, p20

Notting Hill great, p40


3 Leading article 6 Portrait of the Week 7 Diary Westminster’s outbreak of consensus is over Lisa Nandy 8 Politics The state of the Union

James Forsyth 9 The Spectator’s Notes

Why did we not ban Huawei earlier? Charles Moore 12 Barometer Mask wearing, railway graffiti and football victories 15 Rod Liddle The politics of masks 17 Ancient and modern

Wars and unjust peace 21 Douglas Murray My fears for my church have been realised 23 Sam Leith She was just a damn cat – and I loved her 24 Letters Stalling growth, shady scientists and the sweetness of song 25 Any other business Banning

Huawei is right, but it will cost us Martin Vander Weyer


10 The lost boys

The plight of the white working class Christopher Snowdon 11 Peter Bland ‘Wilderness’: a poem 12 Dark arts

Welcome to the world you created, J.K. Rowling Kevin Myers 14 Home advantage

Not going to school was the making of me Lara King 17 Trick or treat

The pros and cons of being hacked Lynn Barber 18 Greco-Roman wrestling

Can the Classics escape their past? David Butterfield 20 Beyond belief It’s a mistake to turn Hagia

Why would anyone want to work from home? Harry Mount BOOKS 26 Michael Bywater Smells, by Robert Muchembled; Smellosophy, by A.S. Barwich 27 Houman Barekat No-Signal Area, by Robert Perišic 28 Ariane Bankes The Good Sharps, by Hester Grant 30 Paul Levy Chicken, by Paul R. Josephson Rabeea Saleem The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett 31 Alexandra Coghlan Beethoven, by Laura Tunbridge 32 Tom Chivers Sex Robots and Vegan Meat, by Jenny Kleeman Alex Peake-Tomkinson on short stories 33 Sara Wheeler The Museum of Whales You Will Never See, by A. Kendra Greene

Sophia back into a mosque Michael Nazir-Ali 22 Office romance

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