The Spectator

23 February 2013

At war in Eastleigh

The most important by-election in a generation pits the government parties against each other

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Features

Eastleigh

Features

Have the Tories lost Eastleigh?

The most important by-election in a generation pits the government parties against each other

Eastleigh by-election

Features

How Eastleigh will show Labour is working

Labour is serious about winning in the south

BELGIUM-POLITICS-FINANCE-EU-BUDGET-SUMMIT

Features

David Cameron's sex problem

Does the Prime Minister really believe in equality?

Good_life
BruceAnderson

Features

Laws, laws everywhere and not a drop of common sense

The controversy in Kent shows what’s wrong with our legal system

Royal Sussex County Hospital, UK
DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID

Features

Pining for the Brecon Beacons

I didn’t realise how much I’d miss England

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Features

Investment: Will bonds crash as shares rise?

Two investment experts debate the prospect of a ‘Great Rotation’

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Features

'Morocco is a diabetic's nightmare'

Marrakech is a strange carnival, says Victoria Lane

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Features

Travel: Notes from a boom town

Tessa Codrington on Tangier’s transformation

The Week

Leading article

Taxes, taxes, everywhere

What have obesity, misbehaving banks, unaffordable London housing and farting cows all got in common? They are all problems which,…

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Portrait of the week

Portrait of the week

Home Unemployment fell by 14,000 between August and November to 2.5 million, with the number in work rising by 154,000…

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Diary

Diary

Waiting for a match to begin at the gloriously situated Recreation Ground — home of Bath Rugby — I take…

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Ancient and modern

Hacks vs spads

A senior civil servant in the Department of Education, having lost a case for ‘bullying’ brought against its special advisers,…

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Letters

Letters

Benedictions Sir: John O’Sullivan’s summary of Pope Benedict XVI’s ‘extraordinary contribution’ to Catholic thought was masterful (‘Benedict’s reformation’, 16 February)…

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Barometer

Barometer

Dyeing and dying A teacher in Harrow complained to his MP that he had been banned from marking pupils’ work…

Columnists

Spectators notes

The Spectator's Notes

The Spectator’s Notes

People are quite often pilloried for saying the opposite of what they actually said. I have read Hilary Mantel’s London…

Rod Liddle

Rod Liddle

Forget Eastleigh, Tatchell vs. Hughes was a real by-election

I got a text message the other day, inviting me to a party. This is a nice thing to happen,…

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Steerpike

Steerpike

Dave’s a listener. He listens to women in particular. That’s the sub-text of his recent disclosure that Sam keeps urging…

Matthew Parris

Matthew Parris

What’s in a brand name? From Beechams to Brasso

Showering the other day, I noticed a visitor had left his shampoo behind. Going through the familiar ablutions I stared…

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Any other business

Privatisation is the only solution for Royal Mail

We have had a very high failure rate in deliveries of the catalogues for Emily Patrick’s exhibition,’ says an email…

Books

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Books feature

Oh, Calcutta!

Now a byword for poverty, the former capital of British India makes for a fascinating study, says Ferdinand Mount

Books

Destroying angel in the ether

A few years ago, James Lasdun wrote The Horned Man, a novel about Laurence Miller, an English lecturer in an…

Portrait of Thomas Day by Joseph Wright

Books

Male-order bride

If you want to learn how to create the perfect wife, you should not read this book. You should make…

Books

The boys’ brigade

British schoolboys doubtless have quite different fantasies nowadays, but for much of the last century most of them liked to…

A selection of postcards advertising various places and products dating from 1900-1930

Books

Wish you were here

It’s just a guess, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the 60p first-class stamp has finally done for the postcard…

Bodiam Castle, near Robertsbridge, East Sussex, was restored by Lord Curzon,  
who considered it too ‘rare a treasure to be lost to our country or desecrated by irreverent hands’

Books

An enduring romance

In the Pevsner volume on Sussex, the otherwise sane topographer Ian Nairn, harrumphed of Arundel ‘that anybody, duke or banker,…

Books

Be careful what you wish for

Are things getting better? In some ways, undeniably. Progress is not altogether a fiction, or ‘modern myth’ in John Gray’s…

Arts

Benjamin Britten could dish out criticism but even as a mature adult he had a thin skin

Arts feature

The dark side of Benjamin Britten

Composers have made an art form of being uncharitable about other musicians and Benjamin Britten was no exception, says Michael Kennedy

David Dawson, The Vortex

Theatre

Sheer torture

Ever been to a ‘promenade performance’? Barmy, really. The audience is conducted through a makeshift theatre space — often a…

Theatre

Moving heaven and earth

Although I’ve some doubt — and this would be applauded by Galileo — whether in everyday life it matters very…

Classic image: ‘Ithell Colquhoun’, 1932, by Man Ray

Exhibitions

In the thick of it

Man Ray, born Michael Emmanuel Radnitzky (1890–1976) in Philadelphia, was a maker of images par excellence. He made sculptures, paintings…

Dance

Mixed blessings

Last week, Sergei Polunin’s powerful entrance in Marguerite and Armand was saluted with a wave of electrically charged silence: not…

Pamela Helen Stephen as Dido and Philip Rhodes as Aeneas

Opera

Spurned women

I saw three operas this week, all centrally concerned with spurned women. That’s not surprising, given the general subject matter…

Going nowhere: Tom Hanks (Zachry) and Halle Berry (Meronym) in ‘Cloud Atlas’

Cinema

Only disconnect

Cloud Atlas is part-sci-fi, part-thriller, part-romance, part-comedy, part-action flick, part-this, part-that and it all adds up to? A whole lot…

One of the greatest: library at the Monastry of Montserrat, Barcelona

Television

New word order

‘Don’t be evil.’ Google’s unofficial motto. ‘Evil men don’t get up in the morning saying, “I’m going to do evil.”…

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Radio

Is radio succumbing to the greed of the internet?

‘Young people under 16 don’t want to listen to the radio unless there’s a picture to look at,’ said Annie…

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Culture notes

The cult horror of The Room

The Room is an awful film. Plot lines are picked up and forgotten in seconds, stock footage is repeated continuously,…

Life

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High life

High life

Gstaad The Alps are aglow as never before. A record snowfall and an abundance of sun have turned the region…

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Low life

Low life

Last week I drove an elderly car-less neighbour to the city hospital to visit her ailing husband. I was glad…

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Long life

Long life

I am pleased to report that my eight ducks have survived the great chill, when their pond was frozen over;…

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Real life

Real life

The new rabbit is turning into a bit of a slob. The other day I caught her trying to order…

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Wild life

Wild life

Rift Valley I am training for a half-marathon on the slopes of Mount Kenya in June and I must prepare…

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Bridge

Bridge

Professional bridge players should not need motivating, but the fact is that sometimes it would appear they are sleepwalking and…

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Chess

Duchamp/Cage

The Bride and the Bachelors is an impressive exhibition of the work of Marcel Duchamp, John Cage and related artists…

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Chess puzzle

No. 254

White to play. This position is a variation from Duchamp-Feigins, Folkestone 1933. Can you spot White’s most accurate continuation of…

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Competition

Love rules

In Competition No. 2785 you were invited to submit poetic advice on how to woo a member of either sex.…

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Crossword

2101: Hewn vaguely

Unclued across lights combine with down ones to form anagrams of four works (one of four words, one of three…

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Crossword solution

2098: Song IX

The song was ‘MY HEART BELONGS TO DADDY’ (4D/18/13) (Cole Porter). A word for ‘father’ is the centre of four…

Toby Young

Status anxiety

The treasure house of knowledge

I can’t quite believe the number of professional historians who have denounced Michael Gove’s new history curriculum. Richard Evans, for…

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Spectator sport

Spectator sport

All hail the headmaster

Two down, three to go. The Six Nations reaches the halfway point this weekend and only one team can aim…

Dear Mary

Dear Mary

Dear Mary

Q. A friend, well known for having a dusty wallet, brought a bottle of champagne to our house. We were…

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Food

Tanya Gold reviews Planet Hollywood

It’s Oscar time! I know this because the British media, usually so prudent, has transformed itself into naked advertorial for…

Mind Your Language

Mind your language

Release

The centenary of George Barker’s birth was mentioned in the Times Literary Supplement recently. His ‘first two books — one…