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Contents Free thinking since 1913

Careless: John Gray on the fall of David Cameron 20

Failed state: Leo McKinstry on Northern Ireland 26

Up Front

3 Leader 10 Correspondence


7 Stephen Bush on how the reaction to Prince Philip’s death shows the power of the monarchy 9 Jeremy Cliffe on the race to become Germany’s next chancellor 19 Robert Webb writes this week’s Diary 25 Philip Collins on the pioneering political life of Shirley Williams 34 Megan Nolan on WeWork and the decline of the office


12 In the Picture 13 Comment: Roger Mosey on why the BBC’s wall-to-wall coverage of a royal death was misjudged 14 Commons Confidential: Kevin Maguire This week’s pick of the best gossip from Westminster 16 Encounter: Sophie McBain speaks to the former French ambassador to the UK, Sylvie Bermann 17 First Thoughts: Peter Wilby on Shirley Williams and the Duke of Edinburgh


20 John Gray on how David Cameron became a symbol of the passing era of careless centrism 26 Leo McKinstry on the deep roots of the rioting in Northern Ireland 30 Quentin Sommerville on the chaos of Libya’s long civil war

The Critics: Spring Books

36 Martin Fletcher on Michela Wrong’s revealing account of Paul Kagame’s “benign” post-genocide Rwanda, Do Not Disturb 40 Erica Wagner considers Blake Bailey’s biography of Philip Roth 42 Sue Prideaux on Albert and the Whale, Philip Hoare’s narrative of Dürer’s influence 45 Emily Tamkin assesses Hunter Biden’s memoir Beautiful Things 47 Daniel Flatt on Mark Carney’s prescription for a sustainable future, Value(s) 48 Rowan Williams compares two contrasting visions of the link between work and community 50 The NS Poem “Barry’s London” by Mark Granier 51 Alex Clark relishes Tracey Thorn’s My Rock ’n’ Roll Friend 52 Stephen Bush praises Musa Okwonga’s Eton memoir One of Them 53 In Short Some of the best new reading

New Statesman Vol 150, No 5615 ISSN 1364-7431 USPS 382260

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