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Upstream struggle, p9

Cop out, p27

Let there be light, p34


3 Leading article 6 Portrait of the Week 9 Diary Parkinson’s has one upside

Jeremy Paxman 11 The Spectator’s Notes

My evening with Angela Rayner Charles Moore 17 Rod Liddle

Labour has gone back to 1983 21 Douglas Murray

The tactics of victimhood 24 Ancient and modern

In search of refuge 27 Mary Wakefield Don’t mix up murder and hate crime 29 Letters Parishes, putsches and place names 31 Barometer Going broke, getting jabbed and Bond’s billions 32 Any other business Business rates reform: for once, a useful Labour idea Martin Vander Weyer

Deborah Ross is away.

12 Running on empty

The government has no ideas and no direction Kate Andrews 13 Its own opposition

Labour’s conference of in-fighting Katy Balls 14 Deputy Dom An interview with Dominic Raab

James Forsyth 16 Writer’s notebook The genius of E. Nesbit

Jacqueline Wilson 19 All eyes on Glasgow The city’s COP26 waste crisis

Stephen Daisley 22 The indomitable Maroons

Jamaica’s state within a state Andrew Watts 24 Time trial Why do films go on for so long?

Ysenda Maxtone Graham 31 Paperless tiger The rise of the digital yuan

Ian Williams


BOOKS 34 Jonathan Sumption

Hidden Hands, by Mary Wellesley 36 Simon Winchester

The Chinese Question, by Mae Ngai 37 Leyla Sanai

Case Study, by Graeme Macrae Burnet 38 Frances Wilson

A Carnival of Snackery, by David Sedaris N.S. Thompson ‘Deep South’: a poem 39 A.N. Wilson

Making Darkness Light, by Joe Moshenska 40 Stuart Evers

The Morning Star, by Karl Ove Knausgaard Chloë Ashby

Making Nice, by Ferdinand Mount

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