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‘Wait, what do you mean I can’t take it with me?’, p28

Chappelle’s mistake, p29


3 Leading article 6 Portrait of the Week 9 Diary Is this the death of our civilisation? Andrew Sullivan 10 Politics

The problem with ‘David’s law’ James Forsyth 11 The Spectator’s Notes

Why the baby doomers are wrong Charles Moore 17 Rod Liddle

The ideology of madness 21 Matthew Parris An idea whose time has come — at last 23 Ancient and modern

As a matter of curse 26 Barometer The Queen’s drinking,

Covid blues and having babies 29 Lionel Shriver The dangers of being trans-gressive 31 Letters Feeding the world, tidal power and in defence of clutter 32 Any other business

Brace for pain: Danny’s recession forecast might not be so wacko Martin Vander Weyer

Strip tease, p40


12 Plan Z

The rise of Éric Zemmour Freddy Gray 13 A night in Béziers

Zemmour’s star power is undeniable Jonathan Miller 14 Meat and two veg

My evening at a naked dining club Cosmo Landesman 18 Radical error

Britain’s fatal unwillingness to confront Islamic extremism Douglas Murray 19 Claudine Toutoungi

‘we interrupt this darkness’: a poem 22 ‘A change of mind and heart’

An interview with Michael Nazir-Ali Mary Wakefield 24 Letter from Rome

Why is it so hard to live without a mobile phone? Melanie McDonagh BOOKS 34 Kate Maltby George III, by Andrew Roberts 36 Stephen Bayley Spring Light, by Jonathan Glancey 37 Andrew Rosenheim Silverview, by John le Carré Adam Begley Crossroads, by Jonathan Franzen 38 Alexandra Coghlan The Bach Cello Suites, by Steven Isserlis 39 Katja Hoyer Brothers in Arms, by James Holland

Even the rubbish here is eternal Owen Matthews 26 Wuhan clan

The price I paid for my lab leak exposé Sharri Markson 28 Wake-up call

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